Party politics has completely failed us on climate change.
Australians are rarely taught how the democratic system of government works. Many of us don’t have time to research the policies of each political party, or deeply understand our preferential voting system. Often all people can do is respond to a party brand, a candidate, or a campaign message. We must take more responsibility for our voting choices and send a message that marketing alone will not get a candidate elected.
Federal government inaction on climate change is killing jobs. It is literally burning down homes and making insurance unaffordable. It is putting food supply at risk. It is affecting the health and wellbeing of millions. Lack of commitment to emerging renewable energy technologies is denying Australian businesses the chance to transition away from dying industries and grasp market opportunities. We are at risk of being penalised by other nations because we are not joining them in fighting climate change.
This is no way to govern a country. Our lifestyle and safety are being sacrificed within a party and lobby group game that has disenfranchised voters.
Australian political system
How much do you know about the political system that creates the laws that affect our lives? A large proportion of Australians never study the subject. Learning about the mechanics of our democracy isn’t a mandatory school subject. We head off to the ballot box with only a vague understanding of the levels of government and their jurisdiction.
The importance of the levels of government in our democratic political system has become more obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic. Have a look at the Parliament of Australia web site for an understanding of where your vote goes at the Federal level. They Vote for You publishes detailed information on how elected politicians vote on specific issues. Don’t just take our word for it, have a look and see for yourself who is really prepared to act on climate change.
Vote for a party or candidate?
The two major parties have not earned our trust on climate policy and climate action. Political parties face a fundamental problem when it comes to choosing between what is best for our long term future and gaining power.
It is too easy for political parties to become compromised by the need to accept large political donations from vested interests, and to announce reactive policy influenced by media scare campaigns crafted to influence popular opinion.
We think it is time to give them a good reason to focus on their real job. Governing the country for our benefit. In this case, literally saving us from fire, tornados, floods and famine.
The answer: Vote climate
Vote Climate One is fiercely non-aligned. We have assessed all political parties purely on climate action potential. Our Traffic Light Voting Guides are compiled by a team of researchers using our rigorous assessment framework.
We believe the only way to ensure meaningful action on the Climate Emergency is to elect genuine political candidates with substantial climate action policies.
Use our Traffic Light Voting Guides to vote climate.
How the parties stack up.
Vote Climate One is constantly assessing and adding new political parties. Traffic Light Assessments may change as election campaigns evolve.
All Green Light parties and groups have responded yes to our foundational questions. Their policy statements, history, and other factors indicate that they are most likely to take action on climate change.
Registered PartiesAnimal Justice Party
David Pocock (The Party)
FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency
Indigenous – Aboriginal Party of Australia
Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment / Corruption
The Local Party of Australia
Non Party GroupingsUnendorsed – BENEDYKA, Susan
All Orange Light parties and groups indicate support for climate action but have not been thoroughly convincing in either their performance or policy.
Registered PartiesAustralian Labor Party
Federal ICAC Now
Kim for Canberra
Rex Patrick Team
Transport Matters Party
Non Party GroupingsUnendorsed – XENOPHON, Nick
All Red Light political entities and their candidates are a dangerous choice. If they are able to form government, Australia will continue on a path toward severe climate disasters, contributing further to social injustice, poverty, and stress on health care systems.
Registered PartiesAustralian Christians
Australian Citizens Party
Australian Federation Party
Australian Values Party
Country Liberal Party (NT)
Democratic Labour Party
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party
Drew Pavlou Democratic Alliance
Informed Medical Options Party
Jacqui Lambie Network
Katters Australian Party
Legalise Cannabis Australia
Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal National Party of Queensland
Liberal Party of Australia
National Party of Australia
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
Seniors United Party of Australia
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
The Great Australian Party
United Australia Party
WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY
Non Party GroupingsThe Liberal National Party Coalition
Unendorsed – BYRNE, Peter
Unendorsed – DAY, Bob
Unendorsed – DICKSON, Steve
Unendorsed – GEORGATOS, Gerry
Unendorsed – HARRIS, Len
Unendorsed – HEAD, Mike
Unendorsed – KAUR, Harmeet
Unendorsed – RICHARDSON, Damien
Unendorsed – RICHARDSON, Damien
Unendorsed – TINLEY, Cam
Disclaimer: Our assessment of some parties and candidates may change as the Federal Election unfolds in 2022 and climate policies are announced. Currently we are relying on 2019 assessments from climate voting guides and recent parliamentary performance. If any candidate or party has other information or assurances please contact us.
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