Australian Liberty Alliance
|Headquarters||South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205|
|Political position||Right-wing to far-right|
|Colours||Red, white, blue|
The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) is a right-wing micro party in Australia. The party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 28 July 2015. The party held its official launch on 20 October 2015 at a private function in Perth, Western Australia, with controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders and British anti-sharia activist Anne Marie Waters as keynote speakers. ALA was also registered as political party in Victoria on 1 October 2018, in time for the 2018 Victorian election. Queensland Senator Fraser Anning attended the party's Victorian campaign launch as keynote speaker.
The president of ALA is Debbie Robinson, who is also president of the Q Society.
In May 2016 the party endorsed former National Party candidate Angry Anderson as a candidate for the Senate representing New South Wales at the 2016 federal election. Anderson was the second name for the party on the NSW ballot paper. The party fielded 13 senate candidates in all six states and 10 candidates in three states for seats in the House of Representatives in the 2016 election. In the Senate, the party received 102,982 primary votes or 0.74% of the total and 25,337 primary votes or 0.19% of the total in the House of Representatives. Their best Senate result was in Western Australia, where they polled 1.11%. Their best result in the House of Representatives was the seat of Farrer, where they polled 6.08%.
The party polled 0.85% at the 2017 Bennelong by-election, 1.39% at the 2018 Batman by-election, 1.18% at the 2018 Perth by-election, and 0.20% at the 2018 Wentworth by-election. ALA president Debbie Robinson stated that the party views by-elections as worthwhile to gain experience.
For the 2018 Victorian election the party recruited former Australian Conservatives member Avi Yemini as its lead candidate for the Southern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council. Yemini continues to be a controversial figure in the Jewish community because of his support for far-right causes. In August 2018, Facebook deleted his page for hate speech, and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) have publicly shunned him. Overal, the party polled 0.03% in the Legislative Assembly and 0.58% in the Legislative Council. In the Southern Metropolitan Region, where Yemini was its candidate, they polled 2,096 votes or 0.49% of the total.
Platform and ideology
The party has released a manifesto listing twenty key policy areas, including "smaller smarter government, integration over separation, real reconciliation: no place for apartheid in Australia". However, the party has focused most of its efforts on its criticism of Islam. That includes the party's policy to "stop the Islamisation of Australia", and their efforts to bring noted anti-Islamic speakers such as Geert Wilders.
The party is focused on stopping Muslim immigration to Australia, and its policy calls for only non-Muslims to be allowed in to the country. The party wants Australia to focus its refugee efforts to assist white South African farmers, even though there is no evidence that they are in need of assistance or that they would qualify as refugees. It also calls for restrictions to be placed on Islamic organisations including mosques and Islamic schools in Australia, that are there to service Australia's sizable existing Muslim population.
The party has also had to fend off accusations of being climate skeptics, and while they claim they believe that humans have had an effect on the environment, they also raise doubts about the competency of the scientists and that their studies "are not based on scientific fact, but on computerised speculations and consent among special interest groups", and about climate change in general with their claim that "extreme natural events were described in Australian poetry a century before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change created hysteria about rising sea levels."
One of their stated goals is to prevent any Sharia court system from being established, although they make no comment about similar structures in place for other religions, such as the Beth Din structures for the Jewish community.
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