Australian Progressives

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Australian Progressives
PresidentTherese Faulkner (2021–present)[1]
SecretaryEmma Crocker
Governing bodyNational Executive[2]
FounderVinay Orekondy
Founded2014; 9 years ago (2014)
Merger of

The Australian Progressives is an Australian political party established in September 2014.[3]

The party was registered as a federal political party by the Australian Electoral Commission on 17 February 2015.[4]


The party was established in September 2014, and registered in February 2015. Until August 2015, when the Australian Progressives merged with the unregistered Australian Progressive Party, the two similarly named parties were seen as competing for the same constituency.[5]

The party contested the 2016 and 2019 Australian Federal Elections, as well as the 2017 Bennelong By-Election. Canberra Progressives, the ACT Branch of the Australian Progressives, were registered as an ACT political party in May 2020 and have contested the 2020 Australian Capital Territory general election.

The Australian Progressives has held five National Conferences since the party's founding, being 2015 in Sydney, 2018 in Melbourne, and 2019 in Canberra. The 2020 National Conference was scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast in June, but was rescheduled to an online event on 21 November due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2021, amidst the 2021 Delta Outbreak the Party held another online conference. The 2022 National Conference was held on 30 July at the Gold Coast.

The Constitution of the Australian Progressives establishes the party's governance structure as involving a quasi-bicameral system, with an elected National Executive, chaired by a directly elected President of the Party, and an appointed National Operations Committee, chaired by the Party Secretary. The National Operations Team consists of the Directors of the Party, appointed functionaries who run the day-to-day operations of the party, including the Directors of Membership and Electorate Engagement, Communications, and Policy, as well as the Treasurer.

Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill[edit]

In 2021 the Australian Progressives opposed the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill proposed by the Morrison government. This would have tripled the required number of members for registration from 500 to 1500. The party estimated that 30 out of 44 minor parties could be deregistered as a result.[6]

In a statement to The Guardian, President Therese Faulkner stated that:

The major parties are behaving like a cartel by proposing limitations on voters ability to select the minor party that would best represent their interest.

The bill passed in 2021 and the party reached 1500 members later that year.


The primary objective of the Australian Progressives is uniting progressive Australians around a single, large, open, modern and transparent organisation.

Australia has a hybrid Westminster system of government works and the Progressives focus on how progressive Australians can use it to their best long-term advantage.

It is not about the next election cycle.

In the next few years the Progressives are looking to do the following:

  1. Build the party membership
  2. Develop the operational side of the party
  3. Create the processes to develop and select Australia’s future leaders

The party's website also contains a comprehensive list of their policies.[7]

Electoral results[edit]

2016 Federal election[edit]

In the 2016 Australian 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.[8]

2017 Bennelong by-election[edit]

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

2019 Federal Election[edit]

In the 2019 Australian federal election, the Australian Progressives contested 5 electorates, being all three ACT seats: Bean (Therese Faulkner), Canberra (Robert Knight), Fenner (Kagiso Ratlhagane), as well as Longman (Jono Young) in Queensland and Sturt (Angela Fulco) in South Australia.[9]

2020 ACT election[edit]

In the 2020 Australian Capital Territory general election, the Australia Progressives contested 3 of the 5 electorates taking 2.0% of the overall vote in the ACT: Kurrajong (Tim Bohm, 2.3%, Peta Bryant, 0.9%, and Therese Faulkner, 1.8%); Murrumbidgee (Robert Knight, 1.6% and Stephen Lin, 1.8%); and Yerrabi (Mike Stelzig, 0.6%, and Bethany Williams, 2.1%).

2022 Federal Election[edit]

In the 2022 Australian federal election, the Australian progressives contested seats in both the Australian Senate, and the Australian House of Representatives. Janine Rees, candidate for Ryan, ran on a platform that included Women's Safety, and addresses domestic violence issues, including taking a Pledge for a Safer Future.[10]

Issues with the AEC[edit]

On 1 February 2018, the party was under threat of deregistration for failure to meet membership requirements.[11] The party since contested the 2019 Australian federal election. However, it was later deregistered at a federal level in March 2022 for failing to meet the increased 1500 minimum member requirement for party registration.[12] This decision was overturned on 30 March when the AEC acknowledged they had made a mistake in their data-matching process.[13] The party was once again deregistered on 12 October 2022.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our People". Australian Progressives. 14 July 2021. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Our People". Australian Progressives. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Australian Progressives". Current Register of Political Parties. Australian Electoral Commission. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ Shalailah Medhora (28 October 2014). "Australia's two new progressive parties share a name – and mutual dislike"Guardian Australia. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Australian minor parties revolt against new rules that could bar up to 30 from next election". the Guardian. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Our policies". Australian Progressives Party. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  8. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Candidates". Federal Election 2019 guide. ABC. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  10. ^ Hislop, Madeline (14 April 2022). "The candidates supporting women's safety this federal election". Women's Agenda. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Notice of intention to deregister Australian Progressives" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Notice of deregistration Australian Progressives" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Register of Political Parties". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Notice of deregistration: Australian Progressives" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 12 October 2022. Retrieved 11 December 2022.