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The Secular Party wants to know how you feel about our policies and our "platform". Thank you for taking the time to help us determine how to best represent your beliefs. We respect your privacy. All reports and data will be entirely anonymous, and as such, name and identity information is not compulsory. 
Secular Party of Australia

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* 1. ID details are not shared with anyone, but if you wish to remain anonymous, please leave blank.

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* 2. How did you hear about the Secular Party of Australia?

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* 3. Which do you most self-identify with:

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* 4. Of our existing policies, how do you feel each rates on a scale from Crucial to Unimportant?

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Secular schools (To qualify for government funding a school must teach a secular curriculum, admit students and employ staff regardless of faith, and all school religious activity must be voluntary and conducted outside school hours)
Religious Instruction (That religious instruction in schools be replaced with studies of comparative religion and ethics.)
Sex Education (Government-approved courses of sex education be given in all schools, to all children to instruct children on matters concerning gender equality and address issues such as homophobia.)
Chaplaincy policy (National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program be replaced with a single program supporting only qualified counsellors and student welfare officers in schools.)
Child rights  (UN International Convention on the Rights of the Child should be enshrined in legislation so that children receive fair and equitable treatment.)
Marriage equality (References to specific genders be removed from the Marriage Act, and that marriage should be defined as between two people.)
Voluntary euthanasia (Voluntary euthanasia be legalised, at state and federal levels, in cases where the individual is undergoing unbearable suffering with little or no hope of improvement.)
Civil rights (Supports a proposed Bill of Rights Ac that formalises in Australia rights that have  been agreed to in international treaties  Australia has signed and ratified.)
Women's rights (Certain cultural and religious practices that specifically and significantly limit the rights and freedoms of women in Australia be prohibited.)
Pro-choice (Abortion be removed from criminal law in all states and all medically approved surgical and medical abortion procedures and medications (such as RU486) and contraceptives be available under PBS.)
Religious attire (A ban on identity hiding-garments or other items, including burqas and motorcycle helmets, in public places where there are legitimate security and/or safety concerns, or where personal identification is required.)
Anti-discrimination law (Anti-discrimination laws that have been enacted in Australia make exceptions on the grounds of religion. The Secular Party sees proposes that religious groups cannot legally discriminate against others).
Freedom of expression (Abolition of blasphemy laws in Australia and opposition to all blasphemy laws internationally.)
No internet censorship (Given the technical and ethical concerns with a broad filtering of all internet content, the Secular Party is opposed to any kind of internet filter.)
Intellectual property rights (The Free Trade Agreement with the USA is noted to have damaged an equitable property rights approach. We therefore support the renegotiation of the Free Trade Agreement and limitation of its inequitable consequences.)
Environmental policy (It Australia’s responsibility, and to our advantage, to participate in all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, including power generation and waste disposal.)
Climate change (An International Coal Tax to be levied on coal exports, in conjunction with other coal exporters. Revenue from the tax would be distributed domestically and internationally to assist structural adjustment and provide compensation). 
Resources policy (All forms of low carbon energy production will need to be utilised, including photovoltaic, wind, solar thermal, geothermal, tidal and new generation nuclear.)
Health (Private health insurance, and particularly public subsidies for private health care, are an additional inefficient burden, and should be removed.)
Alternative medicine (Regulatory regime for complementary medicine be tightened with the introduction of evidence-based criteria for registration or listing, and that Medicare rebates not apply to alternative therapies that have not passed tests).
Religious health organisations (That religious health organisations or hospitals be required to ensure that they do not display religious paraphernalia or favour medical practices that are influenced by religion.)
Medical research (Endorsement of medical research, with appropriate ethical oversight, that benefits humanity, and is not limited by  religiously inspired ‘sanctity of life’ prohibitions. We do not support animal research for cosmetic purposes). 
Economic policy (Judgement in economics recognising the need for balanced budgets, but not accepting free market fundamentalism. Recognition of Australia’s role as a major resource exporter.
Taxation (That the “advancement of religion” is not of itself sufficient to warrant exemptions under the definition of charitable purpose or public benefit.)
Resource rent tax (Australians are the collective owners of the country’s mineral wealth and deserve an equitable share in the proceeds of future resource sales). 
Welfare ( Provide incentives for individuals and companies to support individuals in need. Recognise the need for Government intervention, including the need for the provision of public housing.)
Population control (Opposed to policies that encourage a higher birth rate. It is the policy of the Secular Party to abolish the baby bonus.)
Immigration policy (Immigration that is economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable, with sufficient allowance for humanitarian obligations. Review of the system to prevent special priority for asylum seekers who reach Australia).
Australian values (A commitment from prospective migrants that they will be required to respect Australian values and to comply with Australian law before any religious law.)
Oath-taking (Secular affirmations be taken as oath, following which a religious oath may also be sworn upon request. On ceremonial occasions, oath-taking entails pledges of loyalty to principles, and to the people of Australia).
Deletion of God from citizenship pledge (“From this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights, liberties and values I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.”)
Opposition to imposed food standards based on arbitrary religious doctrines which have no relation to public health (halal, kosher, GMO etc). 
Incarceration (The Secular Party advocates policies that stress rehabilitation, crime prevention and harm minimisation.)
No legal plurality (Laws that apply equally to all citizens, irrespective of culture or religion. Any legal recognition of Islamic Sharia law or Aboriginal traditional law is a violation of this principle.)
Sovereignty (That Australia become a republic, with an Australian head of state). 
Defence (Acknowledge need for alliances without these predetermining our entire defence strategy. Support restructure of our defence capabilities in favour of greater self-reliance.)
International law (Support the development of international corporate law as a means of addressing adverse transnational corporate behaviour.)
International secularism (Comprehensive secularism, (as defined by the IHEU) which entails impartiality between religions,  separation of religion from state, and intervention to protect human rights from violation by religious assertions.)
Israel and Palestine (A state that preserves privileges to a particular religious, ethnic or national group violates secular principles and universal human rights). 

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* 5. Which of our policies is MOST likely to make you vote for the Secular Party?

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* 6. Which of our policies is LEAST likely to make you vote for the Secular Party?

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* 7. Which other policies would you like to see the Secular Party address?

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* 8. What do you think is the Secular Party's greatest strength? (In 1 to 1500 characters)

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* 9. What do you think is the Secular Party's biggest weakness? (in 1 to 1500 characters)

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* 10. Are you a paying member of the Secular Party? 

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