Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

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Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
Founded 2013
Headquarters Level 5, Toowong Tower, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong, Queensland
Colours Blue
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The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party is an Australian political party.


The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) was formed on 11 May 2013 in Queensland at a public meeting of motoring enthusiasts.[1] The formation of the party followed moves by state governments, particularly in Queensland, to toughen anti-hooning and vehicle impoundment legislation.[2]

The Australian Electoral Commission completed the registration of the AMEP on 9 July 2013.[3]

Formation and structure[edit]

The AMEP's structure includes State Councils and a Central Executive.[4] The Queensland State Council and the Central Executive were formed when the party was established on 11 May 2013. At that point the Central Executive was made up of the Queensland State Council's office bearers.

The first Annual General Meeting of the AMEP was held on 11 July 2013.[5] The Queensland State Council office bearers were returned as the Central Executive's office bearers.

The Victorian State Council was formed on 17 July 2013.[6][7] The Western Australian State Council was formed on 23 July 2013.[8][9] The New South Wales State Council was formed on 7 August 2013.[10][11]

The Victorian State Council was suspended by the party's executive in October 2013 over claims that it had set up a Facebook page without permission and had engaged in what ABC News reported as being labeled "illegal and unauthorised use of AMEP identification, confidential information, incorrect policy announcements, and the misuse of the party brand". The former chairman of the Victorian State Council, Scott McDonald, told the ABC that it was unclear why the action had been taken.[12]

Candidates for 2013 Federal Election[edit]

The party endorsed Senate candidates in the 2013 Federal Election in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance.[13][14]

Ricky Muir represented AMEP in Victoria and won a 14.3 percent quota after preferences on a record-low primary vote of 0.51 percent or 17,122 first preferences[15][16][17][18] he assumed his seat on 1 July 2014. Larger parties including the incoming government are looking at changes to the group voting ticket system.[19][20][21]

On 10 October 2013 Muir announced he would enter into an alliance with the Palmer United Party.[22]

Muir's senior adviser was electoral consultant Glenn Druery, however he was sacked by Muir less than a month later and was escorted out of Parliament. Muir stated that Druery did not "get along with the staff".[23] Muir also hired former New South Wales state politician Peter Breen to advise him on legislation.[24][25]


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  3. ^ "Register Of Political Parties : The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party" (PDF). Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  12. ^ Caldwell, Alison (8 October 2013). "Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party closes Victorian branch over 'blatant disregard' for national executive". ABC News. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Bitter dispute erupts over Senate preferences in Queensland: ABC 5 September 2013
  14. ^ Alliance of micro parties boosts odds for likes of One Nation or Shooters and Fishers gaining Senate spot through preferences: Daily Telegraph 5 September 2013
  15. ^ "Senate Results: Victoria". ABC News. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Motoring Enthusiasts Party member Ricky Muir wins Senate seat". ABC News. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Antony Green's Election Blog". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  18. ^ [11][dead link]
  19. ^ "ELECTION: Coalition shy of Senate majority". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  20. ^ [12][dead link]
  21. ^ "Xenophon wants voting reform". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Clive Palmer issues warning to Government as Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir joins Senate voting bloc". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  23. ^ Senator Ricky Muir sacks chief of staff Glenn Druery: The Age 1 August 2014
  24. ^ Novice politician Ricky Muir undone by a veteran in the business or questionable tactics? SMH 9 June 2014
  25. ^ Aston, Heath (2 July 2014). "Muir hires ex-pollie to help with legislation". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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