The Australian Christians Party has sent an email to its followers claiming the election has been a success for the party, despite failing to win a place in Parliament. It also revealed that the Australian Christians collaborates with other parties:

“Our federal election campaign focused on areas where we felt we could make the most difference, either through our own candidates or by helping other parties or candidates that share our values.”

The email, from national secretary Ray Moran, criticised other parties for not having enough boots on the ground:

“Contrary to the spin from mainstream media, candidates for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the Nick Xenophon Team in WA and Victoria are unlikely to progress much further in the senate count. The small number of parties that recommended preferences toward them were conspicuous by their absence on polling day. With no booth volunteers handing out how-to-vote cards, voters were generally unaware of these preference recommendations. Consequently voters were likely to distribute their preferences randomly or to one of the major parties.

“Our candidates in Victoria and Western Australia were the beneficiaries of preference recommendations from the Liberal Party as well as several minor parties.”

Moran also told followers that the result meant the party was right when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage: “The swing to minor parties should see BOTH major parties re-assess their position on re-defining marriage.”

Peter Fray

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