we are, and why we have done this
How the pages have been developed
we are, and why we have done this
take our responsibility to participate in our democracy
seriously. Part of that responsibility is to make a
reasoned decision about who to vote for. But often voting
day comes around and we don't know a lot more than when
the election campaigns started.
inadequacy is not due to the political parties - they
produce volumes of policy, and mountains of explanation.
In fact, almost all the detail you could ever want is
freely available on their websites. We have found, however,
that much of this detail takes some considerable effort
to find, and even more to distil into a useable form.
And then we only had the views of one party. The effort
to do this for the six main parties is daunting. And
all for the one issue we started out being interested
in. That done, we then realised we were interested in
a handful of more issues! It dawned on us then, that
something like this site was needed.
have rarely trusted the professional media commentators
to do this - they feed on conflicts, and often serve
up a cynical perspective. What we wanted was the original
references, so we could make our own conclusions. We
feel democracy is better served when voters make decisions
with good comparative information.
site is owned by David Chaston trading as JDJL, not a
group, or political association. The key reason the
site is owned by an individual, is to keep the commitment
to independence and objectivity away from the risks
other structures have. We do not want the original purpose
of this site to get compromised, or captured by a special
Chaston has been interested in how public policy is
formulated in a democracy for over twenty years, and
has observed or participated in minor ways in Australia,
California, and New Zealand. An interest in public policy
is clearly something few citizens take up - maybe they
should, but it is unlikely. For those of us who are
interested, no matter what shade suits us, we should
do so from a reasoned base. Healthy debate of issues,
and development of alternatives is an essential prerequisite
for a healthy democracy. Otherwise, elections become
merely choices between personalities, and democracy
will suffer. Those of us who are interested have a responsibility
to be principled.
can contact us either by using the FEEDBACK button above,
or emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
the pages have been developed
research for each page may be done by a volunteer.
task is to find the maximum of five essential elements
that best describes a party's policy position on an
issue. Each of these five elements must be summarised
in text no longer than 15 - 20 words.
element must be in the exact words used by the party
for that policy issue. And, a URL reference must be
available for that text, and linked to that element.
Statements by MPs or party officials do not qualify
for our pages. Only party policy posted to the party
website will be used. Also note that this site will
not republish 'government policy' or link to government
websites. Our's is a service comparing political party
policy. We are not comparing some political party positions
with coalition government website content.
you note that a page of ours need updating, we would
be appreciative of hearing the details from you by email.
is expected that the political parties will have a considerable
interest in what is presented on these pages. They are
encouraged to submit text and URL links.