How to vote to protect your rights in the 2016 election
Due to the changes to the Senate voting system by a Liberal/National/Green alliance, minor parties have been essentially shut out of both being elected to the senate and even influencing preferences to like minded parties.
As a result, the Smokers' Rights Party can no longer use preferences to encourage both major and minor parties to change policy and stop victimising smokers.
This combined with the significant nomination fee increases in recent years, the Smokers Rights Party has decided not to run candidates at this election, with the exception of a candidate for the NSW seat of Fowler
This will keep the party registered and active both for future elections and also as a voice for smokers in the media.
We have examined the policies of other parties and found that the Liberal Democrats have the best policy for smokers. Their senator, David Leyonhjelm, strongly supported Australia's smokers in his "thank you for smoking" to the Senate. Also, their policy uniquely for an Australian political party advocates abolishing tobacco excise.
The Liberal Democrats are running in all states and are in the following positions on the Senate ballot paper:
- NSW: Group "D"
- VIC: Group "AH"
- QLD: Group "E"
- WA: Group "Z"
- SA: Group "K"
- TAS: Group "T"
Welcome to the Australian Smokers' Rights Party.
We believe Australian smokers have been unfairly targeted by all major political parties with excessive taxation, restrictions on smoking, restrictions on cigarette retailing, and plain packaging legislation. No major party, Labor, Liberal or the Greens, has stood up for smokers and none seem likely to in the foreseeable future.
We feel the only option is to enter the political arena ourselves and give a voice to the over 20% of Australians who are smokers.
We are standing candidates in all states for the 2013 Federal Election, but we are very short on campaigning funds. Any donations would be appreciated. You can donate via PayPal at:
Alternatively, we accept direct debit donations to the following account:
Account No: 10484338
Donations up to $1500 are fully tax deductable. Anyone who donates the full tax deductable amount of $1500 will become an honourary life member. Thank you for your support.