Federal Election 2019: Meet the Health Australia Party

Summary

Website: https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthAustraliaParty/
Slogans:
People. Environment. Democracy. Society. Economy.
Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean.
Themes: Progressive social values, slight libertarian tendencies.  Worried about the environment.  Big into natural health.  Inclined to feel that the science on vaccination is not settled.  It is, but I’ve already written that post once this month, and I’m not doing it again.
Electorate:
Upper House: NSW, VIC, WA
Preferences: The Health Australia Party has issued a single how to vote card which tells voters to put them first and then to number at least 6 parties above the line or 12 candidates below.
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Victorian State Election 2018: Meet the Health Australia Party!

I don’t have time to read all of this!
The Basics

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Website: https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HealthAustraliaParty/
Themes: Natural medicine, distrust of the scientific establishment, leftish but big on individual rights, pro-environment, pro-Mother Nature.  Claim they are not anti-vaccination, just pro-safe-vaccination, but their party leader is a ‘world leader’ in homeopathic immunisation, so…

With friends like these…
The Group Voting Ticket

Once again, we get a mix of parties at the top. Frequent flyers are the Democratic Labor Party, which is in the top five on all but one ticket, the Animal Justice Party, which is in the top five in six of eight tickets, and Fiona Patten’s Reason Party, which is in the top five about in five of eight.  The Australian Country Party, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party,  Sustainable Australia, Transport Matters, the Liberal Democrats and the Aussie Battlers all make it into the top five multiple times.

To my amusement, Fiona Patten’s Reason Party almost inevitably occurs right before or right after the Democratic Labor Party, and the Animal Justice Party is almost always paired with the Australian Country Party or Shooters and Fishers.  This suggests either deep confusion or a perverse sense of humour on the part of whoever put these voting tickets together.

The Australian Liberty Alliance is last on every ticket, and the Victorian Socialists are fifth last.  In between, we always have the Coalition, Labor and the Greens, usually in that order, though Labor is first of the three times and the Greens once.

So basically, we don’t like major parties, and we don’t like either the extreme right or the extreme left of politics.  And at the top, we have no idea what we want, but I’m guessing that social conservatism and kindness to animals are important to Health Australia.

The Body Politic
Policies, Snark, Terrible Theme Songs and Other Observations

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Meet the Small Parties – Health Australia Party

Let us now return to where the grass is greener, the farmers markets are brighter, the wind farms more appealing, people chat merrily over coffee cups and sunlight beams inspiringly through the tall trees in the forest – it’s the Health Australia Party.  Don’t we all feel better just looking at that slideshow of inspiring pictures?  Of course we do!  And that is just one way in which the Health Australia is ‘a healthy choice’ and ‘for all Australians’.  I am feeling loved and embraced already.  There is a decidedly crunchy granola feeling about this website.

The Health Australia Party (HAP) is a true centre party committed to promoting open and transparent Government decision making, balance and honesty of information, and stimulating individual freedom of choice and thought – to ensure we have a genuinely Healthy Australia.

Only if Australians can come together, rather than fragment, will the ongoing health, affluence and lifestyle of our country be assured. So the HAP is creating a new paradigm:

  • A middle ground where Australians can come together, seek consensus and share values and aspirations.
  • A new political space based on grass roots consultation, transparency and relevance that aims to improve the health of the Nation starting with the health of individual citizens, through to local councils, to state and territory governments, and finally to the national government and to international alliances.

They sound lovely.  They have five fundamentals – Healthy People, Healthy Economy, Healthy Environment, Healthy Democracy, Healthy Society.  I can get behind this.

Until…

Quality medicine for all people, with access to the best of proven natural and pharmaceutical medicine. Remove the influence of multinational pharmaceutical companies. Affordable medicine – using evidence from unbiased real-world clinical studies and targeted spending. Reform the health bureaucracy. Apply research funds wisely.

Build a health-creation system, not a disease-management system.

The bolds are mine, because I took one look at them, and my heart sank.  Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have an anti-vaccination party on my hands, and this post just got either a lot longer or a lot shorter, because I suspect you’ve made up your mind about them one way or the other just from that sentence.

(Oh, let’s face it.  You know me by now.  Shorter is not the direction this will take…)

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