The major parties have moved to make it harder for progressive small parties to contest elections.
This is an attempt to quash the growing public frustration that these same parties are in the pockets of powerful corporate interests.
Two major parties have long dominated parliamentary politics, assisted by electoral laws which privilege them.
But as traditional party loyalties break down and more people are looking to smaller parties for an alternative, the federal Coalition (with Labor’s support) have moved to further entrench their parliamentary dominance.
The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill requires parties without any MPs to submit 1500 names to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to become, or remain, registered. Until now, parties could register federally by submitting 500 names.
Socialist Alliance has been registered federally since 2007 and has contested every election since then.
Its bone fides are well established. SA has local government representatives in Fremantle in Western Australia (Sam Wainwright), Moreland in Victoria (Sue Bolton) and Cairns in Queensland (Rob Pyne). It is registered in New South Wales and WA and was registered in Victoria until registration was voluntarily given up to support the formation of Victorian Socialists.
But now SA has to re-register with the Australian Electoral Commission by December 2 with 1500 names.
For small right-wing parties backed by billionaires, such as the United Australia Party, the registration process is no barrier.
SA is asking for your urgent help to re-register before December so we can field candidates across the country in the Senate and House of Representatives.
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