Australian Defence Veterans Party

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Australian Defence Veterans Party
PresidentRon Evans
Founded26 January 2014
Legalised15 June 2015
Dissolved8 February 2017
IdeologyVeterans interests

The Australian Defence Veterans Party (often shortened to Veterans Party) was a minor political party which formed in Australia in 2015 to advocate for military veterans.

In November 2014, Senator Jacqui Lambie—then a member of the Palmer United Party, and an advocate for defence veterans and personnel—liked the proposed party's Facebook page, triggering an increase in membership enquiries and speculation that Lambie could join the ADVP[1] (however she instead registered a separate party called the Jacqui Lambie Network on 14 May 2015).[2]

The party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 15 June 2015.[3] In August 2015, the ADVP announced that former Army Officer Dr Greg Smith would be the party's first candidate for the Canning by-election.[4] The ADVP and Smith finished eighth out of twelve candidates with a 0.8% vote.[5]

The Veterans Party fielded two senate candidates in each of Queensland and New South Wales, and four candidates for seats in the House of Representatives (three in Queensland and one in New South Wales) in the 2016 federal election.[6] On 26 January 2017, Veterans Party ceased operating as a registered political party, and it was de-registered by the Australian Electoral Commission on 8 February.[7][8]


  1. ^ Osborne, Paul (10 November 2014). "Lambie backs new veterans party". The Australian. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Jacqui Lambie Network". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Australian Defence Veterans Party". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ Sparvell, Ray (26 August 2015). "Canning byelection: home robbery mars Australian Defence Veterans Party launch". WAtoday. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. ^ 2015 Canning by-election VTR: AEC Archived 2015-10-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. ^ "<no title>". Australian Defence Veterans Party. Retrieved 25 January 2017. The Australian Defence Veteran Party will get officially disolved [sic] from 26 Jan 2017
  8. ^ "Australian Defence Veterans Party". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 February 2017.

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