Do you believe ‘natural’ medicine – things like ‘homeopathic vaccinations’ (where you give a baby a few drops of herbs under their tongue instead of an actual vaccine) – is the same as science-based medicine?
Do you believe that fluoride is ‘toxic poison’ and shouldn’t be in our drinking water, thus compromising the dental health of generations?
Do you think funds for health research should be allocated equally by the government to science-based medicine and ‘natural’ medicine?
Then you should definitely vote for the Health Australia Party because they are all key policies that they’re taking to this election. There are a lot of micro-parties at the top of your Senate ballot (that’s the really big piece of white paper you’ll get on Saturday), most of which you’ve never heard of, including the Pirate Party.
Vive la democracy.
No problem there.
Vote for whoever you want. However, when the name of a political party or any organisation belies, obscures or fudges its true purpose, that's a problem. For democracy but more dangerously, for public health.
Like when Australia's most vocal anti-vaccination group called themselves the Australian Vaccination Network. Remember that? This deceptive hoodwinkery caused many people who found them by googling "vaccination " to mistakenly believe they were either neutral or pro-vaccination when in fact, they were the opposite.
The outright lies they propagated about vaccinations triggered unnecessary fear and as some health authorities have suggested, outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases like whooping cough in areas where they were most active like around Byron Bay and Lismore in northern NSW.
A court made them change their name. Now they're called the Vaccination-Skeptics Network. And they can be as skeptical as they like. They just need to be honest about their agenda and their beliefs - which are factually incorrect.
So to the ambiguously named Health Australia Party. Which USED to be called the Natural Medicine Party but have cleverly re-branded themselves to seem more mainstream. And who have managed to secure (via a lucky dip because that's how it works) the first place on the senate ballot paper.
The first place spot on the ballot paper is HUGELY coveted. Every party wants it because it's first, it's easy and lots of voters just put a number in it because it's there. LOADS of default votes go to whatever party has that spot.
And 'Health Australia Party' sounds pretty great, right? Who doesn't want Australia to be healthy!
Wait just a second.