Wondering who to vote for this Federal election?

This Federal election we are working with our members to make this the #climateelection.

Our main policy asks are that the parties and candidates commit to:

  1. 100% renewable energy by 2030
  2. No new fossil fuel exploration or mining in Australia, including for exports
  3. Stop the Adani coalmine in Queensland
  4. Declare a climate emergency

Who has the best climate policies?

We urge you to consider voting for those parties or candidates with the strongest climate commitments. While Australian Parents for Climate Action does not endorse any individual parties or candidates, we have assessed the candidates’ and parties’ climate policies against our policy asks and have found that the following parties or groups have committed to our four demands. These include candidates from:

Independents for Climate Action Now – Senate candidates in NSW, Vic & QLD

Climate Leaders – House of Representatives candidates in four seats in Vic & NSW (Wentworth, Kooyong, Corangamite and Warringah)

The Greens  – Candidates in both upper and lower houses in most seats of Australia

There may also be independents running in your electorate or in the Senate who have strong climate policies – please research the individual candidates in your electorates. All candidates are listed on the AEC web site.

Independent Scorecards

There is a handy web site called Environment.Vote that gives you a voting guide for every electorate in Australia, if you want to vote for climate action and protecting the environment.

Further analysis of the climate-related policies and statements of the parties and candidates has also been done by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF):

ACF Election Scorecard of Major Parties

ACF Scorecard of Minor Parties & Independents

Cedamia has surveyed all candidates in Australia about their climate commitments – not all have responded, but you may find more information on your local candidates in the survey results:

Cedamia (Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation in Action) survey of all candidates 

How does the preferential voting system work and who should I preference?

In both the upper and lower houses you are required to number the candidates in order of your preference:

  • In the House of Representatives (lower house = small, green ballot paper) you must number all the boxes, thus giving every candidate a preference.
  • In the Senate (upper house = large, white ballot paper) you are required to EITHER vote above the line where you must number a minimum of 6 parties or groups OR vote below the line where you must number a minimum of 12 individual candidates.

Despite what you may hear in the media, the flow of your preferences is entirely based on how you number the boxes. (Any preference deals made between the parties relates to how they instruct people to vote on their How-to-vote cards.)

House of Representatives

In the House of Representatives you will need to choose between ALL the parties, including the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Liberal or National parties (LNP). Neither of these major parties have committed to our major policy asks listed above and their policies do not meet the requirements of keeping the global climate under a 1.5C temperature rise, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

However, based on our analysis and also the ACF scorecard, it is clear that the ALP has a much stronger climate policy than the Liberal or National Parties.


In the Senate you can choose to give a preference only to pro-climate action candidates who meet our policy asks. However, to meet the required 6 (above the line) or 12 (below the line) preferences you will need to continue your preferences in order of the “next-best” climate policies and include other parties who only partially meet our climate policy asks.

If the 6 or 12 candidates or parties you number are all from minor parties or independents, there’s a risk none of them will get in and your vote will be “exhausted”.

So at some point in your numbering you will need to include your preferred major party (out of ALP or Liberal/National Party) . Remember that the ALP has stronger climate policies than the Liberal/National Coalition (even though they have room for much improvement).

We strongly recommend filling in ALL the boxes below the line on the Senate voting paper. This is to ensure that you control the flow of your preferences from your preferred candidates through to the candidates you don’t really like – and THEN to the ones you really can’t stand! If you don’t number all the boxes then other people’s votes might determine who gets the last Senate seat in your state.

Please share this with other voters and ask them to join our #Givethekidsyourvote campaign!

Authorised by Suzie Brown, 102 Yellow Gum drive, Ocean Grove, Victoria 3226 

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