This year a lot of us seem to be very much in a dilemma as to who to vote for.
Very soon we must decide.It is perhaps useful to take some time to consider what our views are on various issues and see how they line up with the various parties on offer this election.
Several sites have been suggested to us as good starting points for our thinking on "Who do we vote for?"
The first is http://www.votecompass.com.au put online by the ABC.
This site surveys your opinion on various issues and then places your political orientation relative to the 3 major parties on a graph. It helps to define the issues and what your opinion really is as you answer the questions and then see where you are placed on the political spectrum.
The second is http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/election2013 from the Uniting Church Assembly.
This site highlights the important issues for Christian voters.It encourages us to take our vote seriously and make choices which will lead to a more just society.
Called A Just Society: your faith, your voice, your vote the site has aimed to create "a helpful resource as you consider the values which underpin the policies of the political parties and candidates who are asking us to give them the responsibility of national leadership.It is not the intention to lead you to any particular conclusion about whom you should or should not vote for. It does not ‘rate’ the policy platforms of political parties. It seeks to explore the implications of the gospel for aspects of Australia's national life. It contains material to help Church members identify important issues facing Australia, listen to politicians and political parties with discernment, and cast an informed vote."
It is hoped both these sites may be of use to you as you consider over the coming weeks - "Who do I vote for?" or "How can I make my vote consistent with my Christian beliefs?"
Then at least you won't have to resort to this!