Australian Protectionist Party

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Australian Protectionist Party
Leader Andrew Phillips[1]
Newspaper Destiny
Ideology Protectionism
Social conservatism
Right-wing populism
Colours Red, Blue

The Australian Protectionist Party is a minor Australian political party with protectionist and nationalist policies.[2] The party was registered by the Australian Electoral Commission in January 2011, and went on to contest the 2013 federal election, but was de-registered in June 2015.[3]


According to their website, the party has seven primary policies which include, amongst others, the protection of the economy, environment, the family unit and way of life.[2] The APP opposes multiculturalism saying it is "ruining Australia."[4]

Registered as a federal political party with the Australian Electoral Commission on 18 January 2011,[5] the Australian Protectionist Party opposes refugees and asylum seekers and often participates in rallies such as the one outside the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.[6] Since inception, the Australian Protectionist Party has been active in protesting against the presence of asylum seekers and Muslims, and has also organised several protests against Sharia law being implemented in Australia.[7][8][9]


In April 2007 Darrin Hodges, chairman of the Sutherland Shire branch, was expelled from the far right Australia First Party due to disagreements with other party members. Hodges went on to co-found the Australian Protectionist Party.

In 2011, members of the group joined the defence against actions by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions protesters targeting a store of the Max Brenner chocolate chain. The chain is owned by the Strauss Group, Israel's second-largest food and beverage conglomerate, which opponents say supports the Israeli Defence Force.[10]

On Saturday 23 June 2012, the APP held what they described as a "counter protest" to a pro-refugee celebration day by the "Walk Together" group.[11][12]

The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance.[13][14]

Electoral performance[edit]

Darrin Hodges ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 2008 Sutherland Shire Council elections, coming last in his ward.[15][16] Hodges ran again unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Senate in the 2010 Australian federal election. Hodges had to run as an independent as his party was not registered in time and his ticket received 1,501 votes (0.03%).[17]

In September 2012, NSW spokesman Nick Folkes was also unsuccessful when he contested the NSW council elections for the Municipality of Leichhardt and received 0.6% of the total vote for the ward with 41 votes.[18]

In the Australian federal election, 2013 for the Senate in NSW, the Party received 2,424 votes or 0.06% of the vote.[19]


in December 2012 the entire Sydney branch of the Australian Protectionist party, including its NSW spokesman Nick Folkes, resigned from the Australian Protectionist Party due to a host of complex internal issues. The ex-members later formed their own party "Party for Freedom (Australia).[20]


  1. ^ "APP national office, new postal address". Australian Protectionist Party. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Policies | Australian Protectionist Party". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ Australian Protectionist Party – AEC. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ Barrett, Briena (10 June 2009). "Racist Facebook group targets Aussie immigrants". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Australian Protectionist Party". Current Register of Political Parties. Australian Electoral Commission. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Kontominas, Bellinda (12 April 2010). "Activists' showdown at Villawood's gates". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Sally, By (2010-07-05). "Islamist leader Burhan Hanif tells Aussie Muslims to 'shun democracy'". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ [1] Archived 12 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (11 September 2011). "Shop 'with Israeli links' targeted". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Torpedo Gillard’s boat policy | Nicholas Hunter Folkes". 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  12. ^ Walk Together,
  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. ^ Gibson, Jano (26 September 2008). "Locals oppose Muslim school". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Matheson, Alan (7 November 2008). "Scrutinising the religious and political right". ON LINE opinion. Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Sharp, Ari (20 August 2010). "Sex, socialism and shooting lead the charge in microparty race". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "2012 NSW Local Council Elections - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
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