Election Resources

ACL election resources

ACL is currently producing a number of resources to help make your vote count this election. Please see below for the latest update and also check back later for new resources that we'll be adding over the coming weeks.

How the preferential voting system works

ACL's Katherine Spackman interviews ACL's David Hutt in two radio pieces about how the preferential system works in relation to the House of Representatives and Senate. It's important information to help Christians maximise their House of Representatives and Senate preferences to ensure candidates who support Christian values are favoured. It shows how there is no wasted vote.

David Hutt is the New South Wales Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He has worked for a number of senior Australian politicians including leaders of the Opposition at both the state and federal level and a federal cabinet minister. David has extensive political campaign experience and has worked on a number of local, state and national campaigns. Prior to his life as a political staffer, David worked as a professional musician.

Listen to the interview on House of Representatives preferential voting here

Listen to the interview on Senate preferential voting here

Political Ideologies

The ACL's radio program, The Political Spot, recently featured a series looking at different political ideologies from a Christian perspective with political scientist Steve Thomas. Over 10 weeks, Steve Thomas did five minute radio interviews with the ACL's Katherine Spackman about some ideologies. As Steve Thomas says in the introductory interview, political ideologies are a systematic body of political thought which make some claims about how society should work. He says "ideologies play out in our day to day lives, day to day politics. They’re ribbon through all of our political parties and so they’re going to have an impact on the sorts of policies and laws that we live under. They influence the people we elect to government and office to serve on our behalf".

Click on the links below to listen to the interview.

  1. Introduction to Political Ideology series
  2. Conservatism
  3. Classical liberalism
  4. Libertarianism
  5. Liberalism
  6. Utilitarianism
  7. Communitarianism
  8. Social democracy
  9. Environmentalism
  10. Wrap up Political Ideology series