List of political parties in Australia

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This article lists political parties in Australia.

The present day federal parliament has a number of distinctive features including compulsory voting, with full-preference instant-runoff voting in single-member seats to elect the lower house, the Australian House of Representatives, and the use of group ticket single transferable proportional voting to elect the upper house, the Australian Senate.

Australia has a mild two-party system, as illustrated by the two-party-preferred vote, with two dominant political groupings in the Australian political system, the Australian Labor Party, and the Coalition. Federally, the lower house currently has five of 150 non-major party MPs, while the upper house has eleven of 76.

Federal parliamentary parties[edit]

Name Abbreviation Leader or sole member International association Seats in House of Reps Seats in Senate
Coalition (Liberal Party of Australia, National Party of Australia, Liberal National Party (QLD), Country Liberal Party (NT)) Coa (LIB, NAT, LNP, CLP) Tony Abbott International Democrat Union (Liberal Party only) 90 33
Australian Labor Party ALP Bill Shorten Socialist International, Progressive Alliance 55 25
Australian Greens GRN Christine Milne Global Greens 1 10
Palmer United Party PUP Clive Palmer none 1 3
Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party AMEP Ricky Muir none 0 1
Liberal Democratic Party LDP David Leyonhjelm Interlibertarians 0 1
Family First Party FFP Bob Day none 0 1
Katter's Australian Party KAP Bob Katter none 1 0

Two political groups dominate the Australian political spectrum, forming a de facto two-party system. One is the Australian Labor Party (ALP), a centre-left party which is formally linked to the Australian labour movement. Formed in 1893, it has been a major party federally since 1901, and has been one of the two major parties since the 1910 Federal election. Currently the ALP is in government in South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

The other group is a conservative grouping of parties that are in coalition at the Federal level, as well as in New South Wales and Victoria, but compete in Western Australia and South Australia. The main party in this group is the centre-right Liberal Party. The Liberal Party is the modern form of a conservative grouping that has existed since the fusion of the Protectionist Party and Free Trade Party into the Commonwealth Liberal Party in 1909. Although this group has changed its nomenclature, there has been a general continuity of MPs and structure between different forms of the party. In its modern form, it was founded by Robert Menzies in 1944. The party's philosophy is generally liberal conservatism.

Every elected Prime Minister of Australia since 1910 has been a member of either the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, or one of the Liberal Party's previous incarnations (the Commonwealth Liberal Party, the Nationalist Party of Australia, or the United Australia Party).

The Liberal Party is joined by the National Party, a party that seek to represent rural interests, especially agricultural ones. The Nationals contest a limited number of seats and does not generally directly compete with the Liberal Party. Its ideology is generally more socially-conservative than that of the Liberal Party. In 1987, the National Party made an abortive run for the office of prime minister in its own right, in the Joh for Canberra campaign. However, it has generally not aspired to become the majority party in the coalition, and it is generally understood that the Prime Minister of Australia will be a member of either the Labor or Liberal parties. On two occasions (involving Earle Page in 1939, and John McEwen from December 1967 to January 1968), the leader of the National Party (then known as the Country Party) became the Prime Minister temporarily, upon the death of the incumbent Prime Minister. Arthur Fadden was the only other Country Party Prime Minister. He assumed office in August 1941 after the resignation of Robert Menzies, and served as Prime Minister until October of that year.

The Liberal and National parties have merged in Queensland and the Northern Territory, although the resultant parties are different. The Liberal National Party of Queensland, formed in 2008, is a branch of the Liberal Party, but it is affiliated with the Nationals and members elected to federal parliament may sit as either Liberals or Nationals. The Country Liberal Party was formed in 1978 when the Northern Territory gained responsible government. It is a separate member of the federal coalition, but it is affiliated with the two major members and its president has voting rights in the National Party. The name refers to the older name of the National Party.

Federally, these parties are collectively known as the Coalition. The Coalition has existed continually (between the Nationals and their predecessors, and the Liberals and their predecessors) since 1923, with minor breaks in 1940, 1973, and 1987.

Historically, support for either the Coalition or the Labor Party was often viewed as being based around class, with the middle classes supporting the Coalition and the working class supporting Labor. In more recent times, this has been a less important factor because the 1970s and 1980s saw the Labor Party gain a significant bloc of middle-class support and the Coalition gain a significant bloc of working class support.[1]

The two-party duopoly has been relatively stable, with the two groupings (Labor and Coalition) gaining at least 70% of the primary vote in every election since 1910 (including the votes of autonomous state parties). Third parties have only rarely received more than 10% of the vote for the Australian House of Representatives in a Federal election, such as the Australian Greens in the 2010 Federal election and the Australian Democrats in the 1990 Federal election.

Other parties and political groups[edit]

Besides the two major party groupings, there is one other party of particular significance in the Australian political system. The Australian Greens, at present seen as being the "third force" in Australian politics, is a left-wing and environmentalist party, generally achieving 7–13% of votes in elections conducted after 2004. The Greens party has superseded the formerly significant Australian Democrats, which was the largest third party between 1977 and 2004.

The Greens victory at the 2010 Federal election in the Federal seat of Melbourne was noteworthy. In the same election, the revived Democratic Labor Party won a Senate seat (held by John Madigan). In 2011, independent and former National Party MP Bob Katter formed Katter's Australian Party, which, in addition to Katter's seat in the House of Representatives, holds three seats in the Queensland Parliament.

Other political parties which have been of some significance in the past (since World War II), in terms of shaping Australian politics, include the Democratic Labor Party, One Nation Party, Nuclear Disarmament Party, the Australia Party, the Liberal Movement, the Communist Party of Australia and the Family First Party.

Currently, to register as a political party, applicants must have a constitution outlining the basis of the party and either at least one member in Parliament or 500 members on the electoral roll.[2] Parties may be "deregistered" if they no longer meet these requirements.

Current parties[edit]

Parties registered for federal elections with the Australian Electoral Commission[edit]

See also:List of registered political parties in Australia

Parties listed in alphabetical order:[3]

Party Leader Description
21st Century Australia Party Jamie McIntyre  
Animal Justice Party  
Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated Jim Saleam Nationalist, anti-multicultural and economic protectionist.
Australian Christians Ray Moran Formed in 2011 from the WA and Victorian branches of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP).
Australian Democrats Centrist political party with a social-liberal ideology. Formerly known as the Centre-Line Party, the Australian Democrats were founded in 1977 after the merger of the Australia Party and New LM, with Don Chipp as its leader. It was the main crossbench party in Australia between 1977 and 2004, but no longer has any parliamentary representation.
Australian First Nations Political Party Ken Lechleitner Founded in 2011 by Maurie Japarta Ryan, a former independent candidate and the grandson of Aboriginal Australian activist Vincent Lingiari. The party is associated with the Australian indigenous community. The policies of the party focus on issues such as Northern Territory statehood, Indigenous rights, constitutional reform, and Aboriginal sovereignty.
Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party Formed in 2006 from the Queensland branch of the Fishing Party and federally registered in 2007. Opposes any bans on recreational fishing, the use of four-wheel drives, horse riding, trail bikes, camping and kayaking, and generally opposes conservation measures which it sees as threatening to recreation. The party's website indicates particular opposition to the Greens. It contested the Senate in the 2007 election in Queensland and South Australia, and on a joint ticket with the Shooters Party in New South Wales.
Australian Greens Christine Milne The Greens, formed in 1992 and attracting support from the left of the Australian political spectrum, have significant parliamentary representation in the Australian Senate and in several Australian states, and have participated in Labor–Green coalition governments in the Australian Capital Territory (2008–present) and Tasmania (1989–1992 and 2010–2014).
Australian Independents Patricia Petersen Founded by Dr Patricia Petersen and Steven Wood, the Australian Independents is a political party that promotes democracy and true parliamentary representation. Australian Independents candidates are free to set their own political agendas outside of the traditional model of standing as the candidate of a particular party, free of party allegiance. Australian Independents employ a novel selection process for its independent candidates, allowing any member of the public to apply for candidacy, provided they commit to genuinely representing their electorates. Australian Independents are socially progressive yet economically conservative.[4]
Australian Labor Party (ALP) Bill Shorten The Labor Party is Australia's oldest political party, founded in 1891 and gaining in prominence through its first two decades to take government federally and in most Australian states. Today, it either forms the government or the official opposition in every Australian jurisdiction. Labor is a social democratic party and is the Australian member party of the Socialist International.
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) was formed on 11 May 2013 in Queensland at a public meeting of motoring enthusiasts from a broad range of disciplines. The decision to form the party was initiated after the unity demonstrated by the motoring community following recent moves by various State Government toughening anti-hooning and vehicle impoundment legislation. It won a senate seat in Victoria in the 2013 federal election.
Australian Protectionist Party Andrew Phillips Anti-multiculturalist, economic protectionist and socially conservative party. Unrelated to the original Protectionist Party which was a political party from federation.
Australian Sex Party Fiona Patten The party was founded in 2009 out of an adult-industry lobby group, the Eros Association. The ASP policy platform has been described as libertarian, sex-positive, and social progressive.
Australian Sovereignty Party
Australian Sports Party
Australian Stable Population Party William Bourke The party was formed in 2010. It opposes population growth and advocates a stable population for Australia.
Australian Voice Party The party was formed in 2013,Aim to give a voice to every Australian.
Building Australia Party Ray Brown Founded in 2010, The party advocates the rights of the building industry.
Bullet Train for Australia Founded in 2012, and advocates a high-speed rail corridor between eastern Australian cities.
Carers Alliance MaryLou Carter Established to promote policies supporting carers and people with disabilities.
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) Fred Nile Socially conservative party drawing support from conservative and evangelical Protestants. It was originally established as the "Call to Australia Party" in 1977, and has been continuously represented in the New South Wales Legislative Council.
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia Craig Isherwood The CEC is a nationalist political party affiliated with the international LaRouche Movement, led by American political activist and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche. They have been described as "far right", "fascist" and "lunar right", as well as "ideologues on the economic Left".
Coke in the Bubblers Party
Country Alliance Russell Bate Victorian party which claims to be "anti-green but pro-environment".
Country Liberals (Northern Territory) Adam Giles Regional political party in the Northern Territory, affiliated with both the National (formerly "Country") and Liberal parties of Australia and part of the Coalition. It has held government in the Territory from 1974 to 2001, and again from 2012 to the present.
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) John Madigan Socially conservative but economically centre-left party, with roots in a historical party of the same name, which split from the Australian Labor Party in 1955. They specifically believe in Distributism and Decentralisation as part of their economic policy platform.
Drug Law Reform Australia Greg Chipp Theparty was founded by Greg Chipp (son of former Democrats' leader Don Chipp) and registered in 2013.[5] The party was formed to encourage rethinking drug policies on the basis of scientific evidence, harm minimisation, public interest and personal liberty.
Family First Party Bob Day Socially conservative party founded in South Australia in 2004. Although eschewing religious labels, many of its candidates and members are from conservative Christian backgrounds. Relations between Family First and Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party are strained by the need to compete for the same group of voters and to secure Senate preferences, particularly from the Liberal Party of Australia.
Future Party James Jansson The party believes that technological development is a positive force in human affairs and values the cultural, economic, and technological benefits of modernism. The party seeks to promote high quality science research and education. It believes in freedom of expression, and has a positive view of the power of free markets, and the benefits of high density cities.
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party Promotes the legalisation of cannabis for medical, recreational and industrial use. Founded in 1993 by Nigel Quinlan, who ran as a candidate under the name Nigel Freemarijuana.
Katter's Australian Party Bob Katter A party that was formed by the independent Federal Member of Parliament Bob Katter in 2011. It won two seats at the March 2012 state election in Queensland. The party's policies closely mirror those of Katter, including support for agricultural interests, opposition to privatisation and deregulation, support for workers (especially rural workers) and conservatism on social policy.
Liberal Democratic Party Peter Whelan The Liberal Democrats was formed in 2001, and is broadly described as a libertarian and classical liberal party. The LDP generally adheres to libertarian, classical liberal, small government, objectivist and laissez-faire principles coupled with what the party considers as a high regard for individual freedom and individual responsibility.
Liberal Party of Australia Tony Abbott Founded in 1945 to replace the United Australia Party and its predecessors, the Liberal Party is the primary centre-right party in Australia. Federally, the Liberal Party runs in a Coalition with the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party. In Australia, the term Liberalism refers to centre-right economic liberalism, and the party's policies are socially conservative.
Liberal National Party of Queensland Campbell Newman The Liberal National Party (LNP) is a centre-right political party in Queensland, formed by merger of the Queensland divisions of the Liberal and National parties in 2008. The party won government for the first time at the 2012 Queensland election, winning a record majority in the unicameral Parliament of Queensland.
Mutual Party Previously Bank Reform Party.
National Party of Australia Warren Truss Formerly known as the Country Party (until 1975) and National Country Party (until 1982), the Nationals are an agrarian party representing farmers' interests which has generally been the minor party in the Coalition with the Liberal Party of Australia. While the party is socially conservative, its Western Australian and South Australian branches are socially centrist.
Natural Medicine Party
Nick Xenophon Group Nick Xenophon A centrist political party that primarily revolves around the views of independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon. The party has a no pokies platform but also focuses on many other issues.
No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics Bill Koutalianos Formed to oppose policies based on the scientific view on anthropogenic climate change.
Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) Andrew Thompson Formed to support reform of family law, in particular with regard to custody and child support payments.
One Nation One Nation is a far right, nationalist and protectionist political party. Pauline Hanson founded the party after being elected as an independent due to her disendorsement as the preselected Liberal Party candidate for the Australian House of Representatives. It gained more than 22 percent of the statewide vote translating to 11 of 89 seats in Queensland's unicameral legislative assembly at the 1998 state election. Federally, the party peaked at the 1998 election on 9 percent of the nationwide vote, electing one Senator in Queensland. The party has never approached these heights again, and while it nominally still exists it attracts a negligible percentage of the vote.
Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop the Greens) Peter Whelan The Outdoor Recreation Party (ORP) is a minor political party in New South Wales, Australia. It professes to represent the outdoor community and interests such as cycling, bushwalking, camping, kayaking, 4WD motoring, skiing, fishing and shooting. It is formally allied with the Liberal Democratic Party.
Palmer United Party Clive Palmer The Palmer United Party (PUP), dubbed the PUPs, was formed by Australian mining businessman Clive Palmer in April 2013. The party claims to have a broad political philosophy rather than a set ideology as well as reserving social issues as a free conscience vote. Their fiscal policies are centre to centre-right. Following defections from the LNP, the PUP holds several seats in the Queensland parliament, and at the 2013 federal election it won one House of Representatives and two Senate seats but later won another senate seat for the Western Australia senate by-election.
Pirate Party Australia Pirate Party Australia, sometimes referred to as the Australian Pirate Party, is a political party in that represents civil liberty issues. The party is based on the Pirate Party of Sweden and is focused on copyright reform, internet freedom, and ending censorship.
Republican Party of Australia Peter Consandine The Republican Party of Australia is a minor political party dedicated to ending the country's links with the United Kingdom and establishing a republic, but remaining in the Commonwealth. It was formed in 1982, and achieved registration federally in 1992. It in many ways replaced the Australian Republican Party, which had operated from 1949 through until the RPA's founding.
Rise Up Australia Party Daniel Nalliah Socially conservative and nationalist political party founded by Danny Nalliah, pastor of Catch The Fire Ministries, in 2011. It is considered to be to the right of both the CDP and Family First, and has been accused of overt racism by opponents. It ran in the 2013 election but did not secure any seats.
Secular Party of Australia John Perkins Founded in 2006 and supports secular humanist ethical principles with its stated political aims being opposition to privileges for religious organisations and the influence of religion on public policy, and the promotion of laws based on humanist ethical principles and scientific evidence. |-
Senator Online (Internet Voting Bills/Issues) A political party with a focus on E-democracy. Senator Online does not have any policies. Instead it has pledged to conduct an online poll for every bill that passes before the Senate. Anyone on the Australian electoral roll who is not a member of another political party would be allowed to register to vote in these polls and will be allowed one vote per bill. The senators would then be required to vote in accordance with the clear majority (70% and more than 100,000 votes). If there is no clear majority the senators will abstain from voting.
Shooters and Fishers Party Robert Brown The Shooters and Fishers Party, formerly the Shooters Party or the Australian Shooters Party and founded in 1992, is an political party based on gun rights, global warming skepticism, nationalism, and environmentalism. The SAFP have a total of 3 state MPs in the upper houses of Western Australia and New South Wales.
Smokers' Rights Party Rachel Connor The Smokers' Rights Party was formed in 2012, to argue that taxation on cigarettes in Australia is excessive and not justified by public health costs. They would like to see property owners making their own smoking rules (including in bars and pubs), rather than the government, and argue that the decision to smoke is a matter of personal choice.
Socialist Alliance Collective Leadership with National Co-convenors (Susan Price and Peter Boyle) The Socialist Alliance was founded in 2001 as an alliance of socialist organisations and individuals in Australia, initiated by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and the International Socialist Organisation along with 6 other founding socialist organisations. With branches in all states and territories, and electoral registration federally and in a number of states, it is the largest group on the Australian far Left.
Socialist Equality Party The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is a Trotskyist political party in Australia. The SEP was established in 2010 as the successor party to the Socialist Labour League, which was founded in 1972 as the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The SEP is a registered political party with the Australian Electoral Commission, and participates in elections at all levels of government. Party Secretary Nick Beams is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS), the online news and information center of the ICFI. Peter Symonds, national editor of the WSWS, is also a member of the party.
Stop CSG Party Opposed to the mining of coal seam gas.
The 23 Million
The Wikileaks Party Julian Assange The Wikileaks Party is a political party created in part to support Julian Assange's bid for a Senate seat in Australia in the 2013 election. The party's platform speaks about openness in government and politics, and combatting of intrusions on individual privacy.
Uniting Australia Party
Voluntary Euthanasia Party A single issue political party that intends to lobby for legislative change to allow for voluntary euthanasia in Australia. Registered in 2013.

Parties registered for state elections with state electoral bodies[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[6]

Party Leader
Australian Democrats (NSW Division)
Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
Building Australia Party
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Liberal Party of Australia New South Wales Division
National Party of Australia – NSW
Shooters and Fishers Party
Socialist Alliance
The Greens
Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) Shayne Higson

Parties that are only registered in NSW:

Party Leader Description
Animal Justice Party
Australian Cyclists Party Omar Khalifa
Australian Motorist Party
Country Labor Party
No Land Tax Campaign
No Parking Meters Party
Outdoor Recreation Party Note: is allied federally with the Liberal Democratic Party of Australia but NOT a division of that party.
The Fishing Party
Unity Party

Victoria[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties[7]

Party Leader
Australian Christians
Australian Country Alliance
Australian Labor Party – Victorian Branch
Australian Sex Party – Victoria
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Australia
Family First Party Victoria Inc.
Liberal Party of Australia – Victorian Division
National Party of Australia – Victoria
Socialist Alliance (Victoria)
The Australian Greens – Victoria

Queensland[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[8]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)
Queensland Greens
Family First Party Queensland
Liberal National Party of Queensland
One Nation Queensland Division
Katter's Australian Party
United Australia Party

Western Australia[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[9]

Party Leader
Australian Christians (WA)
Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)
Family First Party WA
National Party of Australia (WA) Inc
Shooters and Fishers Party (WA) Inc
The Greens (WA) Inc
The Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) Inc

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South Australia[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[10]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) – incorporating the Country Labor Party
Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division)
National Party of Australia (SA) Inc
Australian Greens SA
Family First Party
South Australian Fishing & Lifestyle Party
Liberal Democratic Party
Katter's Australian Party South Australia Division
Shooters and Fishers Party SA

Parties that are only registered in SA:

Party Leader Description
Dignity for Disability
Fair Land Tax - Tax Party
FREE Australia Party
Multicultural Progress Party
Stop Population Growth Now

Tasmania[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[11]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party
The Liberal Party of Australia, Tasmanian Division
Socialist Alliance
Tasmanian Greens Note: The first environmentalist party formed in the world

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[12]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
Bullet Train for Canberra
Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division)
The ACT Greens

Parties that are only registered in ACT:

Party Leader Description
Australian Motorist Party
Marion Lê Social Justice Party
Pangallo Independents Party
The Community Alliance Party (ACT)

Northern Territory[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[13]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party NT
Australian Sex Party NT
Citizens Electoral Council (NT Division)
Country Liberals
Australian First Nations Political Party
The Greens

Unregistered parties[edit]

Parties listed in alphabetical order:

Party Leader Description
Advance Australia Party Rex Connor Jnr Formerly the Rex Connor Labor Party, was founded in 1988 by the son of former Whitlam Government Minister, Rex Connor after leaving the Australian Labor Party. The party was created in opposition to the embracing of social and economic liberalism by both the Liberal and Labor parties. It was officially registered on 14 July 1989, but deregistered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 5 December 2005 for failing to endorse a candidate in the previous four years, yet is still an active minor party.
ANZAA Party Matthew Clemence Australian counterpart to the Join Australia Movement Party (JAM) in New Zealand. The party advocates political unity between New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica.
Communist Party of Australia (Marxist–Leninist) Bruce Cornwall A communist party based on the writings of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. The CPA(ML) was founded in 1964, following a split in the original Communist Party of Australia. Labor Premier of Tasmania Jim Bacon was once a member and a student leader of the party.
Communist Party of Australia (revived) Hannah Middleton Founded as the Socialist Party of Australia (SPA) in 1971 from a spilt within the original Communist Party of Australia, the party has been mainly a left wing political party has played a limited role in Australia's trade union movement. The Party received its first electoral win with the election of Tony Oldfield to Auburn Council in the 2012 NSW local government elections.
Liberal Movement (current)[14][15]
Progressive Labour Party Rod Noble The party is a broad left-wing party started by, among others, dissident former members of the Australian Labor Party. The party regularly makes submissions to Senate and other committees on a broad range of issues. Occasionally it runs independent candidates in elections (see candidate Susanna Scurry for Division of Newcastle in the 2013 Australian Federal Election), but mostly endorses candidates of other parties in elections that support parts of their agenda.
Save The Planet No formal leader; instead the party President, Convenor, and National Campaign Coordinator act as national spokespersons on party matters A political party and campaigning organisation that focuses on climate change and sustainability.[16] They ran six candidates as party endorsed independents at the 2013 Federal Election.

Defunct parties[edit]

These organisations are no longer registered with any federal, state or territory political bodies, and can thus no longer contest elections. A number of these may still exist as organisations in some form, but none are any longer officially recognised as political parties.

  • (#-A)
Party Description
4Change (formerly the Climate Change Coalition) Formed in 2007, 4C/CCC sort to change public policy with a view to accelerate action by politicians from all parties on global warming and climate change. Its position on working towards addressing climate change, stresses co-operation with big business to achieve significant progress on the issue. The party therefore advocates a close working relationship between environmentalists and the business community. The CCC was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 4 September 2007 and deregistered on 25 March 2010.
Abolish Self Government Coalition A political party in the Australian Capital Territory that experienced limited success in the early years of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. It opposed self-government for the ACT, supporting its re-integration into the local government of New South Wales. The party elected one MLA, Dennis Stevenson, to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989; he was re-elected in 1991 but retired in 1995, after which the party declined markedly. It was federally registered on 22 December 1992 and deregistered on 16 June 1995.
All for Australia League
Australia Party
Australian Bill of Rights Group The party agitating for the creation of a Bill of Rights for Australia. At the 1996 federal election, it contested the Senate in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland on joint tickets with the Republican Party of Australia. Among its candidates were future New South Wales Legislative Councilor Peter Breen, who headed the ticket in New South Wales. The party ran a single ticket in Victoria in the 1998 federal election.
Australian Commonwealth Party
Australian Conservative Party (later the Australian Conservative Alliance)
Australian Defence Movement
Australian Family Movement
Australia First Movement
Australian Independence Movement
Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist)
Australian Labor Party (Non-Communist) Nicknamed Lang Labor like its predecessor.
Australian Labor Party (NSW) Nicknamed Lang Labor as would its successor.
Australian Marijuana Party
Australian Nationalist Party
Australian Nationalist Workers' Party
Australian National Party.
Australian National Renascence Party
Australian National Socialist Party
Australian Party
Australian Progressive Alliance
Australian Reform Party
Australian Women's Party (1995)
Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI)
Australia's Indigenous Peoples Party
  • (B-C)
Party Description
City Country Alliance
Combined New Australia Party
Committee for a Revolutionary Communist Party in Australia
Commonwealth Centre Party
Commonwealth Liberal Party
Commonwealth Party
Communist Alliance
Communist Party of Australia (1920–1991)
Confederate Action Party of Australia
Conservative Party of Australia
Country and Progressive National Party
Country Progressive Party
Curtin Labor Alliance
  • (D-E)
Party Description
Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (Queensland)
Deadly Serious Party
Defence and Ex-Services Party
Defence of Government Schools
Democratic Labor Party (1955-78) Predecessor to the current Democratic Labour Party of Australia.
Democratic Party (1920)
Democratic Party (1943)
Democratic Socialist Electoral League
Douglas Credit Party The party was based around the social credit theory of monetary reform, first set out by C. H. Douglas.
Earthsave (politics)
Engineered Australia Plan Party
Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy Australia
Ex-Service, Service and Veterans Party
  • (F-G)
Party Description
Family Law Reform Party
Free Trade Party
Gamers 4 Croydon
Great Australians Party
Grey Power
  • (H-I)
Party Description
Hare-Clark Independent Party Party founded in 19 November 1991 by Craig Duby. Notable for having Fiona Patten, future leader of the Australian Sex Party, as a candidate in the 1992 ACT election.
Hear Our Voice
Hope Party Australia
Human Rights Party
Illawarra Workers Party
Independent EFF
Independent Labor Group
Independents Group The Independents Group were a short-lived political party operating in the Australian Capital Territory. They briefly served as part of the Alliance government, alongside the Liberal Party of Australia and Residents Rally.
Industrial Labor Party
Industrial Socialist Labor Party
  • (L-M)
Party Description
Liberal and Country League
Liberal Country Party
Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Movement
Liberal Reform Group
Liberal Reform Party
Liberal Party (1922)
Liberals for Forests
Libertarian Party of Australia
Liberty League
Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party
Majority Labor Party
Marxist Workers Party of Australia
Middle Class Party
  • (N-O)
Party Description
National Alliance (WA)
National Liberal Party
Natural Law Party
No Aircraft Noise
National Action
National Humanitarian Party
National Labor Party
National Preparatory Committee of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Australia A Marxist-Leninist communist party
National Socialist Party of Australia
Nationalist Party of Australia
New Country Party
New England New State Movement
New LM
No GST Party
No Self-Government Party A Australian Capital Territory political party that experienced limited success in the early years of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. Like Dennis Stevenson's Abolish Self-Government Coalition, it opposed self-government for the ACT. In the first territory election in 1989, three members of the No Self-Government Party were elected. None was still a member of the party by the 1992 election, by which time it had ceased to exist.
Nuclear Disarmament Party
One Australia Movement
One Australia Party
One Nation NSW
One Parliament for Australia
  • (P-Q)
Party Description
Party! Party! Party!
Pauline's United Australia Party
Pensioner and Citizen Initiated Referendum Alliance (formerly Pensioner Party of Australia)
People Power Party
Progress Party
Progressive Conservative Party
Progressive Party
Progressive Party (1920)
Protectionist Party
Protestant Labor Party
Protestant People's Party
Queensland Farmers' Union
Queensland Labor Party
  • (R-S)
Party Description
Rational Association
Reclaim Australia: Reduce Immigration
Red Eureka Movement
Referendum First Group
Reform the Legal System
Residents Rally
Restore the Workers' Rights Party
Revenue Tariff Party
SA First
Save Our State (New South Wales)
Save the RAH (South Australia)
Services and Citizens' Party
Services Party of Australia
Single Tax League
Social Credit Movement of Australia
Social Democratic Party
Socialist Federation of Australia
State Labor Party
Stormy Summers Reform Party (South Australia)
Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party
Surprise Party
  • (T-U)
Party Description
Tasmania First Party
Tasmania Senate Team
Taxi Operators Political Service
The Communists
Unite Australia Party
United Australia Party
United Christian Party
United Country Party
United Democratic Party
United Party (South Australia)
United Tasmania Group
  • (V-Z)
Party Description
Victorian Liberal Party (formerly the Electoral Reform League)
Victorian Socialist Party
Western Australian Party
What Women Want Strong interest in maternity issues, including support of midwives.
Young Australia National Party

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