Australian Federal Election 2019

This is the index page for my posts on the 2019 Federal Election.

The Federal Election will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  If you have never voted before, or if you have moved house recently, or if you have any other reason to think your registration might not be up to date, you have until 8 pm on Thursday, April 18 to update your enrolment or register to vote. You can check your enrolment here, and you can enrol to vote or change your details here.

Please, before you do anything else – certainly before you read any of my posts here! – make sure you are on the electoral roll in your proper electorate.

For some reason, the Federal Government never takes my personal work circumstances into account when calling elections, so the lead-up to this election coincides with my busiest time of year at work.  I am determined to review as many parties as I can, but I may not be able to get through all of them.

My current plan is to start with the parties that are either brand new, or new to me, and then prioritise other parties by when I last wrote about them.  Some parties have not been on my radar since 2010 or 2013 and definitely deserve another look.  Others, I wrote about last November for the Victorian State Election, and so you can get some reasonably fresh opinions from me on their policies without me writing about them again now. (Having said that, I’ve been contacted by a representative of one party who tells me that they have had a complete restructure, and changed their approach, so I will certainly revisit them before the election.  If you are a member of a party in a similar situation, let me know, and I’ll do the same for you.)

I’ll also do my best to cover any Independents running in Victoria, because they are often difficult for the non-obsessed to track down (and also because theirs are often the most interesting posts to write – I’m always hoping to find that perfect snowflake of an Independent who will get my top vote on the ballot…).

As always, these posts constitute my opinions, which carry a strong left-wing, feminist, pro-environment bias, so please take that into account.  I will always link to my sources and quote relevant sections of policy, to enable you to make your own judgments.

As a bonus, since this election is going to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest,  I have decided to assign every party on my ballot a Eurovision song of my choice.  After all, judging by the names of the parties below, I’ll be spending the next few weeks wading through a sea of nationalists, right-wing Christians and cranks.  I’m going to need something to look forward to.

And if you, my dear reader, are wading through the muck with me, you certainly deserve some sequins, wind machines, costume reveals, energetic backing dancers, and who knows, maybe even some yodel-rap…

Index of Registered Parties

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