“Christians cast first stone” is the title of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about negotiations for preference exchanges before Australia’s general elections this Saturday.
Relations have soured between two small parties, Family First and the Christian Democrats, and the incumbent Prime Minister, John Howard (Liberal party) took part in the discussions. (He needs all the vote transfers he can muster–and then some.)
Family First had been pressing for a national preferences deal in which the Liberals would direct Senate preferences to Family First Senate candidates in all states in return for the Christian-values party’s lower house preferences.
But after the talks between Mr Howard and the Reverend [Fred] Nile [CDP leader], the NSW Liberal Party broke with the national deal, putting the CDP in first place in its list of candidates to receive its preferences, followed by Family First in second place.
In retaliation, Family First dropped the CDP to ninth place on its preferences distribution list, ranking it lower than the Liberty and Democracy Party, the Climate Change Coalition and Pauline Hanson’s new party.
But Family First still favours the Liberals in NSW ahead of Labor and the Greens.
The Liberty and Democracy Party “supports voluntary euthanasia” and “opposes regulation of gun ownership and anti-smoking laws in restaurants, pubs and clubs. It supports legal recreational use of marijuana by adults.”
Interesting set of small parties Down Under!