Australian Progressives

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Australian Progressives
PresidentRobert Knight
Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
Merger ofProgressive Party
Mutual Party
Political positionCentre-left to left-wing

The Australian Progressives is a minor Australian political party. The party was established in September 2014,[1] and registered as a federal political party with the Australian Electoral Commission on 17 February 2015.[2]

A February 2015 article in The Monthly noted the party's use of crowdfunding and promises of community consultation on policy, but also stated it had "prioritised the establishment of a political party ahead of the development of a platform".[1] Until August 2015 when the Australian Progressives absorbed the remnants of the Australian Progressive Party in a merger, the two similarly named parties were seen as competing for the same constituency.[3]

In August 2017, Australian Progressives launched their new website.

On 1 February 2018, the Australian Electoral Commission issued a notice that it was considering deregistering the party on the grounds that it had ceased to have at least 500 members.[4] As of 20 July 2018, the party remains registered. [5]


The party's website states it will "champion the development of broad policies and ideas that match the values of our community and members". As of March 2015, it has released three "endorsed policies", along with various other "policy visions" that the party's membership "will continue to develop and grow".[6] The three endorsed policies are:

National Executive[edit]

The current composition of the Progressives' National Executive was decided by a ballot of party members. At the close of nominations, Knight, Allen, Black and Wingate had nominated for the General Executive with Knight and Allen also nominating for the presidency. All candidates who nominated to the general executive were elected, with the ballot being used to determine term length. In the Presidential ballot Knight defeated Allen with 66% of the formal vote. As a consequence, Knight was excluded from the General Executive Ballot, and his preferences distributed. Candy Lawrence, Marcia Ruf, and Jo McCormack were appointed to the executive following the election. Marcia Ruf and Max Black subsequently resigned from the executive in October 2018. Chris Golding, former candidate for Bennelong, was appointed Secretary.

Executive Role Term Expires
Robert Knight President 14 July 2021
Corey Allen General Executive
Membership Director
14 July 2020
Vacancy General Executive 14 July 2020
Peter Wingate General Executive 14 July 2019
Candy Lawrence General Executive 14 July 2019
Jo McCormack General Executive 14 July 2019
Vacancy General Executive 14 July 2019
Chris Golding Secretary
Policy Director

2016 federal election[edit]

In the 2016 federal election, the Australian Progressives fielded two senate candidates in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. It also stood a candidate for the northern Melbourne seat of Batman in the House of Representatives.[10]

2017 Bennelong by election[edit]

In the 2017 Bennelong by-election, Australian Progressives preselected Policy Director Christopher Golding. Golding was an employee of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, but resigned in order to be compliant with Section 44 of the Constitution.

Next Australian Federal Election[edit]

Australian Progressives have announced their intention to contest the 2019 Australian Federal Election, and have announced candidates to contest the 3 ACT seats; Canberra (Max Black), Fenner (Travis Eccleston), and Bean (Therese Faulkner).[11]

The Progressives have since announced the resignation of Max Black as the party's candidate for the seat of Canberra, and reopened internal preselection.


  1. ^ a b Tim Flannery and Catriona Wallace (February 2015). "Fixing politics: how online organisation can give power back to the people"The Monthly. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Australian Progressives". Current Register of Political Parties. Australian Electoral Commission. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ Shalailah Medhora (28 October 2014). "Australia's two new progressive parties share a name – and mutual dislike"Guardian Australia. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Notice of intention to deregister Australian Progressives" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Australian Progressives". Current Register of Political Parties. Australian Electoral Commission. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Australian Progressives Policies". List of Australian Progressives policies. Australian Progressives. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Public Dental Healthcare" – Australian Progressives. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Stronger anti-corruption & whistleblower protections" – Australian Progressives. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  9. ^ "ABC & SBS Funding" – Australian Progressives. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Australian Progressives". Retrieved 2018-10-21.