Family First plans to issue split tickets in most Queensland electorates as the majority of LNP candidates have indicated they will support gay marriage in a conscience vote.
Less than one third of LNP candidates have stated they will vote against gay marriage in a conscience vote. They are:
• Ross Vasta – Bonner
• George Christensen – Dawson
• Stuart Robert – Fadden
• Bert van Manen – Forde
• Keith Pitt – Hinkler
• Rod McGarvie – Lilley
• Malcolm Cole – Moreton
• Luke Howarth – Petrie
• Scott Buchholz – Wright
Family First will preference Labor before the LNP in the seats of Blair and Fairfax. In those seats, ALP candidates Shane Neumann and Elaine Hughes support Family First’s position, while the LNP candidates have indicated support for gay marriage.
Queensland senate candidate, Aidan McLindon, said that it was a concern so many LNP candidates support gay marriage.
“The LNP cannot be trusted on gay marriage. The LNP are pretending to oppose gay marriage when it is clear that the majority in the party room support it,” Mr McLindon said.
“As such, it is very concerning that the LNP will only commit to working out their position on gay marriage after the election.”
“Given the majority of the LNP candidates in Queensland support gay marriage, Family First will not directly preference the LNP across the board.”
“This is the same LNP that went to the state election opposed to civil unions. Three months after the election they voted unanimously in favour of civil unions.”
“The only way to send a message to the LNP that you don’t support gay marriage is to vote for Family First and then issue your preferences to the poison of your choice after that.”
“Family First will only encourage voters to support a major party candidate in seats where Family First has received an assurance from that candidate that they will vote against gay marriage in a conscience vote.”
Family First wrote to all ALP and LNP candidates asking their position on gay marriage early last week. Family First preferences have been decided based on each response.
Family First Senate candidate for Queensland
Monday, 26 August 2013