Earlier in May I wrote a blog post and an article at New Matilda about the surge in parties registering for the upcoming federal election, including speculation about a large number of parties trying to register for the election at the last minute.
The Australian Electoral Commission website has now posted a lengthy list of party applications that have proceeded to the stage of being placed on exhibition for any objections. These parties are:
- Australian Sovereignty Party
- Australian Voice Party
- Drug Law Reform Australia
- Future Party
- Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop the Greens)
- Palmer United Party
- The 23 Million
- Uniting Australia Party
- Wikileaks Party
- Voluntary Euthanasia Party
- Nick Xenophon Group
Since we last discussed this matter, Bullet Train for Australia became the 36th party registered for the upcoming election, which the Uniting Australia Party’s application has been updated with objections from Clive Palmer and his new party.
It’s not yet clear if this means other parties have failed to reach this stage of the application process, or if more will apply. It’s also possible, but unlikely, that some of these parties won’t be able to finish their application process in time for the election.
If all eleven of these parties register, there will be 46 separate political parties registered for the 2013 election, easily breaking the previous record of 40 at the 1998 election.