FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: How can I support ALA?
Information and forms are available to read, download and print on our resources page or contact the party office to have hard copies posted to you.
Once a member, you will receive information on how to become actively involved with ALA as we work towards the next election campaigns. Please understand that we must insist on your actual signature on the party membership application form. However payments and donations can be made online via Paypal and credit card, or direct deposit into our account. See the lower section of our membership form for banking details.
Contributions are gratefully received via our Paypal Donate button available on the right hand side of this page, or download and print our donation form with banking details and offline credit card authorisation.
Q2: Why don't you get together / amalgamate with (insert party name)?
Joining forces and pooling resources with other parties is regularly put forward to ALA. In general this is a sensible proposal, however, it is important to understand what we stand for and why ALA will not associate with certain parties .
These parties, with some overlap, fall into one of three categories:
1. Centred on a single person.
2. Religious theme contradicting the core Western principle of separating state and religion.
3. Nationalistic and/or racist agenda rejected by the overwhelming majority of Australians.
Election results have shown time and again that such parties are not electable outside their immediate support group. We know that most supporters are neither racists, nationalists nor religious fundamentalists, but genuinely concerned about the future of our country. They have supported these parties because no other political party understands and addresses their concerns.
This has changed. Australian Liberty Alliance understands and provides secular and measured policies to address these concerns. ALA is offering both disillusioned voters of mainstream parties a realistic alternative, as we welcome supporters of the above parties who want a clear and reasoned voice in parliament.
If we were to associate with a party from the above categories, we lose our broader electoral appeal and would have no chance to advance our policies in parliament. This is the reason we do not associate with any party or group that falls within the above three categories. We are happy to speak to other parties and groups.
We are also mindful that parties of the first category are usually fixated on one leader personality and not interested to share the executive within a broader leadership group.
Q3: Where will ALA preferences go?
ALA does not vote and has no preferences to give. As Australian voter you have the unique privilege to direct your preferences as you see fit. We believe that learning about the different parties and spending a few minutes every three or four years with the ballot paper, should not be too much for anyone who believes in liberty and democracy. Australians have fought and died to secure this privilege for us. If we don't use it, we may well lose it to undemocratic groups, who play the system.
As far as recommendations on our 'How to Vote' cards are concerned, these are just that - recommendations. ALA board and candidates may decided for their state or electorate to give guidance to voters who have not made up their mind. You can follow this recommendation, or make own choice.
Q4: What is your policy/position on (insert topic)?
Please make sure you read the ALA Manifesto and the policy section on our website. You will find our core values and key policy positions on 20 different issues that concern us foremost. While this may not answer every possible question, it gives you a good understanding where we stand. You can read and download the ALA Manifesto online or request a hard copy from the party office. The Manifesto forms part of our Constitution.
As a new party, we are mindful of limited resources and how many separate issues we can fight at the same time. As we grow our membership and resources, we can champion additional causes. If you share our values and positions and are passionate about a certain policy idea, consider to join us and engage in research and policy development in your portfolio. Our Policy Development Committees will provide the necessary framework.
Q5: I don't agree with your position on (insert issue).
We don't expect everyone to agree with every position we hold. All parties have certain policies some of their members will not agree with; the question is how many. We suggest that if you find your three most important issues covered and you can agree with 75% of ALA policies and positions, it won't get any better. If you want to become involved in our party, you must be prepared to carry the other 25% for the team. Party politics is a team sport.
Q6: I heard that ALA would be pro-halal. Is this correct?
Certainly not. As a matter of fact, some of our members were engaged in a landmark legal case against a halal certifier. These members have publicly spoken out against halal certification schemes and risked their livelihood in the fight against these schemes. Many of our members have been actively lobbying against the imposition of halal certification for over a decade.
However, simplistic slogans like "Ban Halal" are counter-productive. Water is halal, milk and honey are halal, as are most other things we grow and produce in Australia. Therefore, one can not simply 'Ban Halal'. Our concern is not about what observant Muslims may refer to as 'halal', but the recently invented halal certification schemes. These schemes can only be fought within the framework of our democratic system and the realities of our free market economy. To ignore these facts and resort to opportunistic slogans, will only make the real fight more difficult.
Q7: Why didn't you stand a candidate in (insert electorate name)?
It takes years to build up a national party organisation and the 2016 federal election was our first contest since we officially launched on 20 October 2015. For this first contests we concentrated our resources on Senate candidates representing our values and policies for their home state, plus a small team of 11 HoR candidates.
As support and resources in the states and electorates grow, suitable candidates will be endorsed to represent ALA. We are not career politicians, but concerned Australians from all walks of life. We are in this for the long run and see a clear need to stand good candidates for council elections, state parliaments and both houses of our federal government. The sooner you stand with us and help us grow in numbers, the sooner the tide can turn in your community.
Q8: Is ALA controlled by foreigners like the Rothschild group?
No, this is a fake story planted by those who dislike our position on Israel. Nazis and Islamists have been allies in the past. Nationalists and Islamists see people and organisations they oppose as part of an imaginary American/Zionist world conspiracy. Australian Liberty Alliance is a public company which is wholly members-based. We are a not-for-profit organisation, owned only by our members and managed by our National Executive Board, which currently consists of five Australian, who reside in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Q9: I work for a media outlet and would like to speak to someone from your party.
For interview opportunities please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the party office on 1300 188 869
Q98: Where can I find more information?
We provide a wide range of online resources, so please check our website first. This is usually quicker than waiting for a reply. If you still can't find the answer to your question, please contact the party office via email email@example.com or telephone 1300 188 869
Q99: Did it occur to you that ALA can be pronounced so that is sounds like Allah?
Yes - ever since we registered our party name in May 2014 and we have no intention to change our name. Keep in mind not everyone is obsessed with 'Allah' and most voters care more about values and policies. If our name worries you, consider this:
1. Most people pronounce the acronym of our party name as they would pronounce the acronym of any other organisation: ABC, AFL, AFP, ALP, etc.
2. Literally 'Allah' is Arabic for 'The God', not 'The Islamic God'. Christians in Arabic-speaking regions also refer to their God as 'Allah'. They did so long before the advent of Islam.
Last update: 24 July 2017