Ins and outs of Australian political parties

Australian political parties are required to be registered in order to have their party affiliation printed on ballot papers next to their endorsed candidates. Registration with the Australian Electoral Commission also makes parties eligible for election funding once they have reached the 4% primary vote threshold. A wide range of minor political parties exist in Australia, ranging from conservative religious groups to fringe anarchist organisations.

  • There are currently 48 registered parties which includes the major parties such as Australian Labour Party, Liberal Party of Australia, National Party of Australia and Australian Greens.
  • The list also includes more obscure party titles such as the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Australian Sex Party, Pirate Party and the Australia Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop The Greens).
  • Other parties have a very specific focus in the title such as Bullet Train For Australia, Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party, Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), Smokers Rights Party and Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
  • Others have names reflecting the party leader, such as the Palmer United Party, Katter's Australian Party, Nick Xenophon Team and Pauline Hanson's One Nation.
  • In the past 12 months Australians Against Paedophiles Party, Glenn Lazarus Team, Jacqui Lambie Network, Australian Defence Veterans Party, Australian Liberty Alliance, John Madigan's Manufacturing and Farming Party, Australian Progressives and Seniors United NSW have registered as new parties. Meanwhile eight others have either re-registered or changed names.
  • A total of 22 parties have deregistered, including the Australian Democrats, who formed in 1977 and maintained an influence in the senate until 2008. Others to deregister included the Australian Sports Party, Australia's First Nations Political Party, The Wikileaks Party and The Republican Party of Australia which first registered in 1992.

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