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We’ve received many emails in the last week from GetUp members who are joining new political parties that are starting up. In an election where millions of Australians are fed up with the politics as usual, it seems quite a few Australians are simply starting their own parties.
Some you may have heard of, like Clive Palmer’s — but not everyone is a billionaire with media attention galore. Some of these parties are being run by single parents standing up against cuts to their parents’ payments; by locals against Coal Seam Gas; or by community groups for voluntary euthanasia
To register a new party requires 500 members to join, and the deadline for that is tonight.
The power of GetUp is our independence — our ability to criticise or applaud all parties without fear or favour. We’ll never be a political party, nor endorse one. But GetUp is all about giving Australians opportunities to participate in our democracy. So here’s an opportunity. We can’t vouch for, and certainly don’t endorse, any of these parties, but we thought you might be interested in finding out more and making a decision for yourself.
Here are some new parties you may not have heard of. They are free to join online. We’ve taken these statements from their websites:
Stop Coal Seam Gas – (need more members to reach 500 today) “The Stop CSG Party will work to protect communities and farmland from invasive coal seam gas mining by pressuring government to ban CSG.”
Single Parents’ Party – (need more members to reach 500 today) “Parenting is hard. Especially for the 950,000 single parent families living in Australia. Its becoming even harder as the government continues to cut support for single parents and their children. We will advocate to reverse the cuts that are forcing families like ours below the poverty line.”
The Lamington Party – “For an Australia… where the regional cities are connected to the capitals … our government is a case study for democracy and efficiency… and one where we all have a strong social safety net and equal opportunity to succeed in life.”
Voluntary Euthanasia Party – “Over four in five Australians are in favour of new legislation and we wish to allow that sentiment to be clearly demonstrated at the ballot box. The Voluntary Euthanasia Party aims to ensure dignity in the final years of life, by raising the profile of this issue in order to engender the necessary political will for change.”
Australian Sovereignty Party – Stand for “no carbon tax”, “no personal income tax”, and “no GST”; “no more wide open borders”, and “no treaties without referendums,” among other policies.
The Future Party – “The Future Party is a new movement of people who are dedicated to thinking of long term solutions to advance our society. The Future Party believes quality of life is improved primarily through technological developments, sourced through a scientific approach to knowledge in the context of democracy and peace.”
WikiLeaks Party – “The WikiLeaks Party stands for unswerving commitment to the core principles of civic courage nourished by understanding and truthfulness and the free flow of information.”
Palmer United Party – Clive Palmer’s party with policies including “Abolish carbon tax;” “ensure refugees are given opportunities;” “creating mineral wealth;” and “develop right across Australia where the wealth is.”
And here’s some others that members have already written to us about today:
The Australian Children Rights Party – The ACRP’s objective is to ensure as much as is possible that the Commonwealth Government fulfils its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
These are the new parties we’re aware of (parties that are not yet listed on the AEC’s website), but there are doubtless more. Let us know if we’ve missed one in the comments, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here are some parties you’ve probably heard of already.
More established parties are also gearing up for the election and preselecting candidates in the coming months. Whichever party best represents you, being a member means you can influence what they stand for, and who stands for them as candidates. Click here for a full list, including major parties like the Liberals, Nationals, Labor, and the Greens — or smaller groups from Animal Justice to Family First.
AEC Registered parties list: aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/Party_Registration/Registered_parties/index.htm”
GetUp is all about participating in politics. Joining a political party is by no means the only, or the best, way to do that! But it’s one way, and we thought you might find these parties interesting regardless. In an age when many teenagers have more Facebook friends than political parties have members, having more people involved in the organisations that represent us could be a great thing.
Of course, we strongly believe that you don’t need to join a party to make a difference! GetUp will never be a political party, and we don’t endorse particular parties. In fact, we believe that politics is too important to be left to politicians. That’s why we exist: to give Australians opportunities to come together on important issues and take targeted, strategic action. Together, we praise and criticise politicians of all stripes without fear nor favour, based on the issues GetUp members care about. Your actions make the campaigns powerful, and your donations fund the organisation’s costs and campaigns.
the GetUp team.