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GetUp's 2013 Election Scorecard

Click here for our "work in progress" version of the scorecard.

This year, GetUp is compiling a scorecard to show where political parties stand on the issues important to GetUp members. The detailed scorecard will be made available online to our 630,000 subscribers, and a printed version will be distributed at 1,200 polling booths across the country on election day.

The scorecard has been compiled based on the issues that matter most to GetUp members. Back in March, more than 300 groups of GetUp members around the country came together in libraries, pubs, lounge-rooms and backyards to talk about the issues that mattered most to them. Then, based on their ideas, more than 25,000 GetUp members took to a vote in our annual Vision Survey on how to prioritise those issues for 2013.

On Wednesday, August 14, GetUp sent a list of questions to political parties we are including on printed scorecards, and sought to clarify their position on important policies. Some replied, and some did not. In both cases, GetUp undertook thorough research on the parties' positions to ensure that they were fairly represented. The result of that research is below.

Unfortunately, we can't include every party in our printed scorecards. With over 50 parties contesting the Senate in many States, we could only fit a select few on our A4 handout. We had to prioritise those parties who stand the highest chance of winning election, or who are running candidates in all electorates. We intend to make a scorecard for more minor parties available online, if time permits.

Why publicise this now?

This is our "work in progress" analysis. We're publicising this now for the benefit of added public scrutiny, and to encourage commentators and parties to participate in the survey in advance of our scorecard being published online and in print. If you have critical feedback on the veracity of the scores and ratings given in this scorecard, or information that contradicts what you see here, we'd encourage you to email us: [email protected].

Here's our research on how our political parties stack up on the issues that matter most to GetUp members

The above spreadsheet consists of two key elements:

1. White columns, which identify party responses to a survey they received on Wednesday August 14.
2. Coloured columns, which identify our final rating of the policy. These ratings were established using research into party policies (see more on that under "Where the research comes from" below.)




The spreadsheet on this page visually differs from what will be handed out on Election Day.

The scorecards will use a starring system to rate the parties on the policy areas that are listed.

Based on political parties' answers and our research, we will give starred ratings on the each of the parties issues that matter most to GetUp members.

On each policy question we asked, political parties were able to answer:

  • Yes = points towards a star
  • Conditional yes = possible points
  • No = no points toward stars.
  • No policy


The parties were awarded points based on their responses and/or policies. Scores were then rounded off to the nearest .5, which gave them an according star rating out of five for each subject area.

If a parties' response and/or policy satisfied the requirements for a star in the section, they were awarded one.

Unfortunately, we can't include every party in our printed scorecards. With over 50 parties contesting the Senate in many States, we could only fit a select few on our A4 handout. We had to prioritise those parties who stand the highest chance of winning election, or who are running candidates in all electorates. We intend to make a scorecard for more minor parties available online, if time permits.
Where possible, we've used political parties' responses to our policy survey to inform the rating they have received on that issue, or formal, current policies as listed on their website.

Failing that, we have used objective resources on the parties' policies to help inform our rankings and ratings -- including policy overviews as compiled by major news outlets, such as Australia Votes; announcements by political parties and their leaders on issues in the period since the last Federal Election; objective newspaper resources; and the scores on scorecards by expert issue-based groups, such as The Climate Institute.
Great. This is our "work in progress" analysis, and we're publicising this now for the benefit of added public scrutiny, and to encourage commentators and parties to participate in the survey in advance of our scorecard being published online and in print. If you have critical feedback on the veracity of the scores and ratings given in this scorecard, or information that contradicts what you see here, we'd encourage you to email us: [email protected].