Political parties must now declare deadly sin alignment

CANBERRA, ACT – The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is now requiring greater transparency for political parties, demanding all current and future parties declare their alignment with at least one of the seven deadly sins.

The seven deadly sins is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings which traditionally include pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth.

While many argue the connections are overt, the AEC has now determined that it is in the public interest to have this relationship on the public record, alongside donations of over $14,000.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rodgers explained the shift:

“The AEC has completed a two year-review on the involvement of deadly sins within politics and have concluded that it is only right that all parties declare their interests in this area.”

Otherwise the public risk being misled as to the personal and organisational transgressions affecting public policy.”

“From July 1st, all parties must display to which deadly sin they are most committed, accessible on their public web page and in all election communications.”

“Failure to comply will result in an official warning, followed by one of ten possible plagues.”

With prior knowledge of these changes, most parties have declared their alignment alongside an explanatory statement:

Australian Labor party

  • Leader                             Anthony Albanese
  • Deadly sin                       Envy
  • Statement                       “It doesn’t matter whether it is race, class, wealth, sexuality, religion, ethnicity or Scott Morrison’s approval rating, there is always something of which to be jealous.”

 

One Nation Party

  • Leader                             Pauline Hanson
  • Deadly sin                       Pride
  • Statement                       “We are proud to be Australian. We are proud to be white. But most of all we are proud that our national borders are finally closed.”

 

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party

  • Leader                             Clive Palmer
  • Deadly sin                       Gluttony
  • Statement                        “Once you taste that sweet power, you just have to keep coming back.”

 

Australian Greens Party

  • Leader                             Adam Bandt
  • Deadly sin                       Wrath
  • Statement                        “Nothing says protecting the environment more than burning all human institutions to the ground”.

 

National party

  • Leader                             Michael McCormack
  • Deadly sin                       Lust
  • Statement                       “We have decided to move away from family values on abortion and marriage, and we have never had so much fun.”

 

Katter Australian Party

  • Leader                             Bob Katter
  • Deadly sin                       Sloth
  • Statement                        “We’re never in too much of a hurry up here in the North, except of course in a rodeo or when a croc is trying one on.”

 

Liberal Party of Australia

  • Leader                             Scott Morrison
  • Deadly sin                       Greed
  • Statement                        “What $60 billion?

 

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