August 24, 2007
Update (26/08): Thanks to all of you who are spreading the word, with any luck they’ll get their required members through this post alone! Two points to clarify:
- This post was in no way authorised or endorsed by the party – it’s just my way of trying to help out.
- If you’re not eligible to vote in Australia, don’t try and join up, but help spread the word if you know other Aussie Atheists.
Hey all you Aussies out there (if you’re not an Aussie, keep reading, you might still be able to help by spreading the word),
I recently received an email from Frank Gomez of the Secular Party of Australia (previously the Freedom from Religion Party), which I wanted to get your help with. Members of the Secular Party are hoping to run in this year’s election, but as the party doesn’t have enough members yet, they’ll need to run as independents, giving them a much lower chance of success.
All you need to do, if you want to help, is to fill out and mail (yes, snail mail) in the form below to join the party – membership is free. For 20 seconds of your time, and the cost of a 50c stamp, you could help Atheists get a stronger voice in Australian parliament.
Perhaps if you’re not an Aussie yourself, but might have Australian readers on your own blog, or know of some Aussie Atheists? Please help get the word out there, either direct them to this blog, or post something on your own blog if you can!
If anyone’s interested, I’m posting the full text of the email below.
Hi members and supporters,
The party’s executive has decided to contest this year’s Federal election. However, as we do not have the numbers yet to register as a party, candidates will have to run as independents. This means that we cannot use the words “Secular” or “Freedom From Religion” on ballot papers.
I am writing to all of you because we need your membership of the party to be official so that it can count for registration.
I have attached a membership form, and for those of you for whom I have a postal address you will receive (or may have already have received) these in the mail also.
I urge you all to complete and send back the attached form to the below address.
I also wish to ask you whether you know someone else who would be interested in joining.
We currently have around 300 members and need only 200 more in order to register as a party for this year’s election. Registering the party would mean being able to use the party’s name and abbreviations in how to vote cards and ballot papers, and would increase out vote many fold.
If every member of the party sent back two forms – their own and for someone else – then we would reach the 500 we need in a matter of weeks.
Otherwise we need to wait another 3 years to contest as a registered party. That’s another 3 years of more religion in politics – whoever wins the election. MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!
SECULAR PARTY www.secular.org.au
19 Fishers Reserve
Petersham NSW 2049