Update, November 15, 2018: Well, they certainly have developed. I don’t know when it happened, but the Aussie Battlers have made sweeping changes to their policies. No longer do they want to feed roosters to the starving and house the homeless in shipping containers, and now it appears that they are Tough On Crime and don’t like Immigrants. I haven’t had a chance to look at them again properly, but will do my best to review them before the election. In the meantime, you can read an article about the new policies here. But be wary. This is definitely a bait-and-switch, and I’m wondering how many of their candidates were aware that this would happen.
I don’t have time to read all of this!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheAussieBattlerParty/
Current leader: Stuart O’Neill
Themes: Common sense, Aussie Battlers, affordable housing and homelessness, ‘the real Australia’. Patriotic and focused on regional Victoria. Pro mouthguards!
With friends like these…
The Group Voting Ticket
Oh, this is one hot mess of a party. They have completely different tickets in each region, and the only real common ground is that they always put Labor, Liberals and the Greens last. But always in a different order. Their top five varies wildly with the Animal Justice Party taking top billing in Northern Metropolitan, and the Shooters and Fishers getting it in Western Metropolitan. In South-Eastern Metropolitan, alternate anti-family-violence candidates with the LDP and the Shooters and Fishers.
Their favourite party to support is Sustainable Australia (another party who I find very hard to read), which makes their top five on 7 out of 8 tickets. Derryn Hinch gets into the top five in 6 out of 8, and the Shooters and Fishers and Liberal Democratic Party both get there 5 times. Transport is also important. But honestly, everyone seems to turn up in their top five at least once, except for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party and the Victorian Socialists. Even the Australian Liberty Alliance is in there.
It feels to me like the pro-gun parties are getting a higher than statistically-probable level of top billing, if this were all random, but there are kind of a lot of pro-gun parties this year, and I don’t know how to do statistical analysis, so take that for what it’s worth.
There is some evidence that they might be preferencing the small parties that they expect to be popular in that region – the Shooters and Fishers or the ACP in regional areas, Hudson for Northern Victoria in the north, the Animal Justice Party in the vegan-friendly northern metropolitan region. But it could also be that they have no clue what they are doing, and I find it unsettling that I can’t tell.
Basically, if you are going to vote for this party, do it below the line. You don’t know where your vote might end up otherwise.
The Body Politic
Policies, Snark, Terrible Theme Songs and Other Observations