It also focuses on religious freedom and wants there to be further “research and scrutiny” into whether carbon plays a role in climate change. (FYI carbon does in fact play a role in climate change, this has been proven by scientists). Last but not least, they want to restrict IVF to only married couples and stop all legislation on approving euthanasia… 

All the candidates for the Australian Christians Party are from Western Australia.

Australian Citizens Party.

The Citizens Party (formerly the Citizens Electoral Council) has a predominant focus on all things economics and business. Their policies are focused on big banks, making a “public post office a people’s bank” and rejecting the “hysteria and alarmism” associated with climate change. 

They also want to help the population “rise above” addictive violent video games, dangerous drugs, mass-produced Hollywood movies and banal popular music. Yep, you read that right.

They have candidates in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Australian Democrats.

The Australian Democrats were once a major player in the Senate, but over the years it has dwindled in voting popularity. Their policies are fairly similar to the Greens, and overall they are calling for evidence-based governance along with integrity, truth and transparency. 

There are candidates in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

Australian Values Party.

This party aims to “bring balance into the centre” of politics. Their policies are focused on government and media accountability, better support for defence veterans, better biosecurity, a review into ABC funding and supporting “responsible firearms ownership”.

There are candidates for Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria.

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Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party.

Named after its head honcho, the Justice Party is run by Derryn Hinch. Policy plans include reforms to bail, parole, family courts and domestic violence law, “more jail, less bail”, veteran affairs, regional rails and aged care worker ratios.  

The party has candidates in Victoria.

Drew Pavlou Democratic Alliance.

Another party named after someone… this is an “anti-communism party” that focuses on supporting Hong Kong, Uyghur and Tibetan communities, strengthening Australia’s democracy and fighting against corruption, along with “standing up to China”.