Federal Election 2019: Meet the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Summary

Website: https://www.cdp.org.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frednilecdp/
Slogans:
A voice for Family, A Voice for Values
Themes: Christian values of the fundamentalist variety.  Pro-life, anti LGTBQIA+.  Not terrible on the environment, and OK on disability stuff.  Weirdly into capitalism.
Electorate:
Upper House: ACT (UG), NSW, VIC
Lower House: Most NSW electorates
Preferences: I can’t find preferences for Victoria, but in NSW, the CDP favours the Coalition, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers, One Nation, Australian Conservatives, and Rise Up Australia.  So yeah, the far right and the conservative Christian parties, but on the bright side, they seem to have avoided the ones that are only there for the racism and have no other policies.  Yay?
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Meet the Small Parties: Australian Christians

Ah, the Australian Christians.  This political party had the dubious distinction of being the party to have the most deleterious effect on my blood pressure when I read its policies prior to the 2012 election.  You see, I’m Christian, and this party purports to speak for me – but instead, it says a lot of things that I find utterly abhorrent.

So that’s my statement of disclosure up-front.  I don’t trust this mob, and I’m starting from a place where I eye their policies with suspicion.  I’m sorry – I really try not to do that, but they made me so utterly furious last time that I know I am going to find it difficult to be fair to them this round.

Let’s get started, shall we?

(Note that I will be using the abbreviation ‘CDP’ for this party throughout, as they were previously the Christian Democratic Party, and I want to avoid confusion with the Australian Cyclists Party)

The website for the Australian Christians has a two-part rotating banner on the front page.  The first one is “Promoting Christian Values (‘a party with a  voice in the political conversation that can shape policy, promote and protect the values that create a better Australia for all, no matter what their faith and belief’), and the second is Be a Voice for Christian Values (‘Australian Christian candidates are all committed Christians seeking to be that voice.  The church is faced with challenging and complex issues.  Would you help us to equip fellow Christians to make informed voting decisions?’).

I find the second banner tempting for all the wrong reasons.  I am almost certain that they do not want me to be their voice, any more than I want them to be mine.

The first banner – look, that’s actually a great set of values.  I just have my doubts about whether they are likely to achieve it, because last time their policies struck me as having quite a different effect.

Onward.

The CDP’s group ticket has one or two surprises.  In the Northern Metropolitan Region People Power comes up first, followed by Family First, the Liberal Party, the DLP, Rise Up Australia and the Shooters and Fishers.  These parties are swapped around in the first six spots on all the other regional group tickets. It’s unlikely votes will get much further than this level, really.  At the bottom of the ticket, we have the Sex Party, Voluntary Euthanasia, and the Greens.  They seem to be in two minds about whether they find euthanasia more objectionable than sex parties, and alternate which they put last across their various electorates. The Greens are always third last, and the rest of the parties also move around a bit in the middle so that nobody gets unduly advantaged.

It’s notable that People Power manages to be popular with both the Animal Justice Party and the Christians, since the two parties both preference each other very low.

To the policies, Batman!

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Politics: Federal Election – Meet the Christian Democratic Party

Who better to write about on the Sabbath than The Christian Democratic Party? Formerly known as Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party, their website informs me that they are Pro-Christian, Pro-Family, Pro-Child and Pro-Life ‘for the benefit of all Australians’. Rather than rant extensively about what ‘all Australians’ means now, I’ll let them show you in their own words just how inclusive they are a little later.

For now, let’s start with their Senate Group Voting Ticket, where we learn that they give their first preferences to the DLP (see? Even the CDP think that the DLP are more scary-conservative than Family First), Family First and the Climate Change Sceptics, followed by the Liberal Party. As a supporter of the Godless Greens, I am amused to note that we are not *quite* at the bottom of the ballot – the Australian Sex Party holds that honour, and what an honour it is. Then we have some independents who I don’t yet know about, and both Socialist Parties. I’m surprised the radical independents didn’t get a lower billing, and this fills me with optimism about the two new independents here. I find it amusing, too, that the Secular Party are only just below the Labor Party, which one could, if desired, interpret as a dig against the Labor Party’s Godless ways (I have a feeling I’ll be using the word ‘Godless’ quite a lot in this post’). I choose to interpret it in this light, and like the Labor Party the better for it.

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