Comparing Policies Properly Before the State Election

On Saturday 17 March 2018, at the height of Adelaide's main festival season, and with many other distractions likely to occur between now and then, the South Australian state election for the 54th Parliament of South Australia will take place.

All 47 seats in the House of Assembly are to be voted upon by the electorate.  Will any party win 24 seats and thereby reach a majority?

Eleven of the 22 seats in the Legislative Council are also to be voted upon.

Who will win the balance of power in that chamber?

Here are the current policy presentations of the electoral competitors:

1. The incumbent Labor Party

2. The officially opposing Liberal Party

3. The officially protesting parliamentary Greens

4. The officially advocating parliamentary Dignity Party

5. The semi-official parliamentary Australian Conservatives

6. The not-quite-parliamentary in South Australia (yet) Self-Styled Best 

7. The votes-for-creatures Animal Justice Party, South Australia

8. The unofficial Great Australian Sausage Sizzle and Sensible Policy Party

9. The classic Mozarty Party

10. Various independents with various policies

In the weeks before the last state election, the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble attempted to make contact with political parties and candidates by email, politely requesting lists of their top ten policy priorities.

Few answered satisfactorily.  A considerable number were even impossible to reach directly by email.

Will the responses be better this time?

You may be wondering whether it is worthwhile downloading an app from the South Australian Electoral Commission to help you vote quicker. 

The staff at the state electoral commission appear to be doing their best to assist your participation in democracy, but you may understandably have privacy concerns about the app.

The current Electoral Commissioner is Mick Sherry.

The current Deputy Electoral Commissioner is David Gully.

Their main duty is to uphold all provisions of the relevant legislation.

Do you ever think of elections in a similar way to friendships, workplace communication, family interactions or other relationships