Australia's First Nations Political Party

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Australia's First Nations Political Party
LeaderKen Lechleitner[1]
HeadquartersAlice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia[2]
IdeologyIndigenous rights and constitutional reform[3][4]
Website
http://firstnationsaustralia.weebly.com

Australia's First Nations Political Party (AFNPP) was an Australian political party federally registered with the Australian Electoral Commission from 6 January 2011 until 15 August 2015 when it failed to demonstrate evidence of the required 500 party members.[5][6] The party is also no longer registered at a territory level.[7]

The party was founded by former independent candidate Maurie Japarta Ryan, grandson of Aboriginal Australian activist Vincent Lingiari.[4] The policies of the party focused on issues such as Northern Territory statehood and Aboriginal sovereignty.[4][3]

The party ran candidates including Warren H Williams in 8 of the 25 unicameral Northern Territory Parliament seats at the 2012 territory election on 2.2 percent of the territory-wide vote. They performed best in the seat of Stuart on 16.4 percent of the vote.[8]

The party ran two Northern Territory Senate candidates including Rosalie Kunoth-Monks at the 2013 federal election on 1.4 percent of the Northern Territory Senate vote.[9]

The party changed their name in November 2013 from "Australian First Nations Political Party" to "Australia's First Nations Political Party".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Nations Maurie Ryan stands down". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  2. ^ AEC redirection page - Australian Electoral Commission
  3. ^ a b "Official launch of Australia's first Aboriginal political party near the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  4. ^ a b c "First Nations Political Party formed". The Adelaide Advertiser. 11 January 2011.
  5. ^ Notice of change to the Register of Political Parties
  6. ^ "Australia's First Nations Political Party". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Register of Political Parties in the Northern Territory: NTEC". Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Legislative Assembly General Election - 25 August 2012". Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  9. ^ FIRST PREFERENCES BY GROUP - NT Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, AEC, 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ Application to change party name approved - Australia’s First Nations Political Party, Australian Electoral Commission, 14 November 2013.