Monday, 10 March 2014

Tasmanian Elections: Make your vote count!

(see voter guides at bottom of this page)

Tasmanian voters will go to the polls on March 15th to elect a government for the next four years.

No matter who ultimately forms government, the issue of euthanasia is likely to rear its head again fairly soon after.

It is imperative that, where possible, we vote to support candidates who do not support euthanasia.

HOPE conducted the survey below over the four weeks prior to the election. We emailed as many candidates as possible – most on three occasions – looking for an answer to the following question:

In your term in the Tasmanian Parliament, will you support the status quo in respect to the laws prohibiting euthanasia and vote against any measures to change the law?

Candidates could answer YES (preferred), NO or UNSURE and comments were welcomed.

We have also included in our survey report the voting records of existing MPs and, on a few occasions, where a candidate had responded to a euthanasia question from another survey (and not this one).

As we have observed in recent elections, the major parties scrutinize all survey requests before allowing candidates to reply. This is a very unfortunate and unwelcome development; particularly as euthanasia is usually a matter of conscience and not party policy. It is understandable (although not welcome) that quite a few candidates from the major parties, therefore, did not reply.

Having said that, for the majority of seats, voters who want to try to reduce the number of pro-euthanasia MPs and to stop the possibility of any increase in their numbers do have a real choice.

We recommend…

Numbering every box (alternately, you can put consecutive numbers starting at 1 to a minimum of number 5 to register a valid vote), support candidates marked in green before any other and then apply your best judgement for the remainder.

Remember: The order of candidates is randomized - so candidates may appear in a different order!

NOTE: of course, some candidates who did not answer the survey may well be personally against euthanasia.

The survey results:

The links below are to downloadable .pdf files which can be printed. You can print them off at home, mark down how you intend to vote, and take them with you to the polling booth. (Click below to open files)

Care: Tasmanian Electoral laws do not allow the distribution of election material on polling day nor leaving such material in the polling booth.

Tasmanian Electoral Divisions:





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