List of political parties in Australia

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This article lists political parties in Australia.

The present day federal parliament has a number of distinctive features including compulsory voting, with full-preference instant-runoff voting in single-member seats to elect the lower house, the Australian House of Representatives, and the use of group ticket single transferable proportional voting to elect the upper house, the Australian Senate.

Australia has a mild two-party system, with two dominant political groupings in the Australian political system, the Australian Labor Party, and the Liberal/National Coalition. Federally, the lower house currently has five of 150 non-major party MPs, while the upper house has 18 of 76.

Federal parliamentary parties[edit]

Party Abbreviation Leader or sole member International association Seats in House of Reps Seats in Senate
Australian Greens AG Richard Di Natale Global Greens 1 10
Australian Labor Party ALP Bill Shorten Progressive Alliance 55 25
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party AMEP Ricky Muir none 0 1
Family First Party FFP Bob Day none 0 1
Glenn Lazarus Team GLT Glenn Lazarus none 0 1
Jacqui Lambie Network JLN Jacqui Lambie none 0 1
John Madigan's Manufacturing and Farming Party JMMFP John Madigan none 0 1
Katter's Australian Party KAP Bob Katter none 1 0
Liberal Democratic Party LDP David Leyonhjelm Interlibertarians 0 1
Nick Xenophon Team NXT Nick Xenophon none 0 1
Palmer United Party PUP Clive Palmer none 1 1
The Coalition Country Liberal Party (NT) CLP none none 1 1
Liberal National Party of Queensland LNP none none 22 6
Liberal Party of Australia LPA Malcolm Turnbull International Democrat Union 58 23
National Party of Australia NATS Barnaby Joyce none 9 3

Two political groups dominate the Australian political spectrum, forming a de facto two-party system. One is the Australian Labor Party (ALP), a left wing party which is formally linked to the Australian labour movement. Formed in 1893, it has been a major party federally since 1901, and has been one of the two major parties since the 1910 federal election. Currently the ALP is in government in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.

The other group is a conservative grouping of parties that are in coalition at the federal level, as well as in New South Wales and Victoria, but compete in Western Australia and South Australia. The main party in this group is the centre-right Liberal Party. The Liberal Party is the modern form of a conservative grouping that has existed since the fusion of the Protectionist Party and Free Trade Party into the Commonwealth Liberal Party in 1909. Although this group has changed its nomenclature, there has been a general continuity of MPs and structure between different forms of the party. Its modern form was founded by Robert Menzies in 1944. The party's philosophy is generally liberal conservatism.

Every elected prime minister of Australia since 1910 has been a member of either the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, or one of the Liberal Party's previous incarnations (the Commonwealth Liberal Party, the Nationalist Party of Australia, or the United Australia Party).

The Liberal Party is joined by the National Party, a party that seeks to represent rural interests, especially agricultural ones. The Nationals contest a limited number of seats and do not generally directly compete with the Liberal Party. Its ideology is generally more socially conservative than that of the Liberal Party. In 1987, the National Party made an abortive run for the office of prime minister in its own right, in the Joh for Canberra campaign. However, it has generally not aspired to become the majority party in the coalition, and it is generally understood that the prime minister of Australia will be a member of either the Labor or Liberal parties. On two occasions (involving Earle Page in 1939, and John McEwen from December 1967 to January 1968), the deputy prime minister, the leader of the National Party (then known as the Country Party), became the prime minister temporarily, upon the death of the incumbent prime minister. Arthur Fadden was the only other Country Party prime minister. He assumed office in August 1941 after the resignation of Robert Menzies, and served as prime minister until October of that year.

The Liberal and National parties have merged in Queensland and the Northern Territory, although the resultant parties are different. The Liberal National Party of Queensland, formed in 2008, is a branch of the Liberal Party, but it is affiliated with the Nationals and members elected to federal parliament may sit as either Liberals or Nationals. The Country Liberal Party was formed in 1978 when the Northern Territory gained responsible government. It is a separate member of the federal coalition, but it is affiliated with the two major members and its president has voting rights in the National Party. The name refers to the older name of the National Party.

Federally, these parties are collectively known as the Coalition. The Coalition has existed continually (between the Nationals and their predecessors, and the Liberals and their predecessors) since 1923, with minor breaks in 1940, 1973, and 1987.

Historically, support for either the Coalition or the Labor Party was often viewed as being based around class, with the middle classes supporting the Coalition and the working class supporting Labor. In more recent times, this has been a less important factor because the 1970s and 1980s saw the Labor Party gain a significant bloc of middle-class support and the Coalition gain a significant bloc of working class support.[1]

The two-party duopoly has been relatively stable, with the two groupings (Labor and Coalition) gaining at least 70% of the primary vote in every election since 1910 (including the votes of autonomous state parties). Third parties have only rarely received more than 10% of the vote for the Australian House of Representatives in a federal election, such as the Australian Greens in the 2010 federal election and the Australian Democrats in the 1990 federal election.

Other parties and political groups[edit]

Besides the two major party groupings, there is one other party of particular significance in the Australian political system. The Australian Greens, at present seen as being the "third force" in Australian politics, is a left-wing and environmentalist party, generally achieving 7–13% of votes in elections conducted after 2004. The Greens party has superseded the formerly significant Australian Democrats, which was the largest third party between 1977 and 2004. The historical incarnation of the Democratic Labour Party was the largest third party between 1958 and 1974.

The Greens victory at the 2010 federal election in the federal seat of Melbourne was noteworthy. In the same election, the revived Democratic Labour Party won a Senate seat (held by John Madigan). In 2011, independent and former National Party MP Bob Katter formed Katter's Australian Party, which, in addition to Katter's seat in the House of Representatives, held two seats in the Queensland Parliament.

Other political parties which have been of some significance in the past (since World War II), in terms of shaping Australian politics, include the Democratic Labor Party, One Nation Party, Nuclear Disarmament Party, the Australia Party, the Liberal Movement, the Communist Party of Australia the Family First Party, the Palmer United Party and Nick Xenophon Team.

Currently, to register as a political party, applicants must have a constitution outlining the basis of the party and either at least one member in Parliament or 500 members on the electoral roll.[2] Parties may be "deregistered" if they no longer meet these requirements.

Current parties[edit]

Parties registered for federal elections with the Australian Electoral Commission[edit]

Parties listed in alphabetical order:[3]

Party Leader Description
21st Century Australia Party Jamie McIntyre Tax reform, political reform
Animal Justice Party Steve Garlick Animal welfarist advocacy
Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated James Saleam
Australian Antipaedophile Party Christopher Blacket
Australian Christians Ray Moran Formed in 2011 from the WA and Victorian branches of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP).
Australian Country Party Russell Bate Formerly Australian Country Alliance. Victorian party which claims to be "anti-green but pro-environment".
Australian Cyclists Party Omar Khalifa Formed in 2013, the Australian Cyclists Party was created to address issues that have impeded the growth of cycling including the lack of adequate investment. "A cycling-friendly Australia" is the party's vision, the mission is to get Australia moving by contesting in government elections to effect political change toward creating improved opportunities for more people to cycle and to do so safely. The party sees a close link between cycling and transport, health and planning priorities and is focusing on how they should be coordinated.
Australian Defence Veterans Party Ron Evans
Australian Equality Party (Marriage) Jason Tuazon-McCheyne Gay rights & Marriage Equality
Australian Greens Richard Di Natale The Greens, formed in 1992 and attracting support from the left of the Australian political spectrum, have significant parliamentary representation in the Australian Senate and in several Australian states, and have participated in Labor–Green coalition governments in the Australian Capital Territory (2008–present) and Tasmania (1989–1992 and 2010–2014). The Greens also supported the minority Gillard Labor government in matters of supply and confidence (2010–2013).
Australian Labor Party (ALP) Bill Shorten The Labor Party is Australia's oldest political party, founded in 1891 and gaining in prominence through its first two decades to take government federally and in most Australian states. Today, it either forms the government or the official opposition in every Australian jurisdiction. Labor is a social democratic party and is the Australian member party of the Socialist International.
Australian Liberty Alliance
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Ricky Muir The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) was formed on 11 May 2013 in Queensland at a public meeting of motoring enthusiasts from a broad range of disciplines. The decision to form the party was initiated after the unity demonstrated by the motoring community following recent moves by various State Government toughening anti-hooning and vehicle impoundment legislation. It won a Senate seat in Victoria in the 2013 federal election.
Australian Progressives Vinay Orekondy The Australian Progressives, registered in 2015, is a progressive party whose policies are based on evidence rather than ideology. Members are given active roles in policy formation and approval.
Australian Recreational Fishers Party Registered May 2016
Australian Sex Party Fiona Patten The Australian Sex Party is a centrist civil liberties party with policies that are socially progressive, economically prudent and environmentally rational (ie, based on science and evidence rather than ideology).
Bullet Train for Australia Founded in 2012 and advocates a high-speed rail corridor between eastern Australian cities.
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) Fred Nile Socially conservative party drawing support from conservative Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and evangelical Protestants. It was originally established as the "Call to Australia Party" in 1977, and has been continuously represented in the New South Wales Legislative Council.
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia Craig Isherwood The CEC is a nationalist political party affiliated with the international LaRouche Movement, led by American political activist and physical economist Lyndon LaRouche.
Consumer Rights & No-Tolls Jeffrey Hodges
Country Liberals (Northern Territory) Adam Giles Regional political party in the Northern Territory, affiliated with both the National (formerly "Country") and Liberal parties of Australia and part of the Coalition. It has held government in the Territory from 1974 to 2001, and again from 2012 to the present.
CountryMinded Peter Mailler Represents people whose livelihoods depend on agricultural production.
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Socially conservative – opposes abortion and euthanasia, economically left wing – opposes privatisation and free trade. Advocates the economic philosophy of distributism as an alternative to both socialism and capitalism.
Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Derryn Hinch
Drug Law Reform Australia Greg Chipp The party was founded by Greg Chipp (son of former Democrats' leader Don Chipp) and registered in 2013.[4] The party was formed to encourage rethinking drug policies on the basis of scientific evidence, harm minimisation, public interest and personal liberty.
Family First Party Bob Day Socially conservative party founded in South Australia in 2004. Although eschewing religious labels, many of its candidates and members are from conservative Christian backgrounds. Relations between Family First and Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party are strained by the need to compete for the same group of voters and to secure Senate preferences, particularly from the Liberal Party of Australia.
Glenn Lazarus Team
Health Australia Party Andrew Patterson Wishes to establish and promote the use of 'natural medicine' such as Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Counselling, Homoeopathy, Bodywork, and other modalities.
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party Michael Balderstone Promotes the legalisation of cannabis for medical, recreational and industrial use. Founded in 1993 by Nigel Quinlan, who ran as a candidate under the name Nigel Freemarijuana.
Jacqui Lambie Network Jacqui Lambie
John Madigan's Manufacturing and Farming Party John Madigan
Katter's Australian Party Bob Katter A party that was formed by the independent Federal Member of Parliament Bob Katter in 2011. It won two seats at the March 2012 state election in Queensland. The party's policies closely mirror those of Katter, including support for agricultural interests, opposition to privatisation and deregulation, support for workers (especially rural workers) and conservatism on social policy.
Liberal Democratic Party Gabriel Buckley The Liberal Democrats was formed in 2001, and is broadly described as a libertarian and classical liberal party. The LDP generally adheres to libertarian, classical liberal, small government, objectivist and laissez-faire principles coupled with what the party considers as a high regard for individual freedom and individual responsibility.
Liberal Party of Australia Malcolm Turnbull Founded in 1945 to replace the United Australia Party and its predecessors, the Liberal Party is the primary centre-right party in Australia. Federally, the Liberal Party runs in a Coalition with the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party. In Australia, the term Liberalism refers to centre-right economic liberalism, and the party's policies are socially conservative.
Liberal National Party of Queensland Lawrence Springborg The Liberal National Party (LNP) is a centre-right political party in Queensland, formed by merger of the Queensland divisions of the Liberal and National parties in 2008. The party won government for the first time at the 2012 Queensland election, winning a record majority in the unicameral Parliament of Queensland.
Mature Australia Party
National Party of Australia Barnaby Joyce Formerly known as the Country Party (until 1975) and National Country Party (until 1982), the Nationals are an agrarian party representing farmers' interests which has generally been the minor party in the Coalition with the Liberal Party of Australia. While the party is socially conservative, its Western Australian and South Australian branches are socially centrist.
Nick Xenophon Team Nick Xenophon A centrist political party that primarily revolves around the views of independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon. The party has a no pokies platform but also focuses on many other issues.
Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) Andrew Thompson Formed to support reform of family law, in particular with regard to custody and child support payments.
Online Direct Democracy – (Empowering the People!) Berge Der Sarkissian A political party with a focus on E-democracy. Senator Online does not have any policies. Instead it has pledged to conduct an online poll for every bill that passes before the Senate. Anyone on the Australian electoral roll who is not a member of another political party would be allowed to register to vote in these polls and will be allowed one vote per bill. The senators would then be required to vote in accordance with the clear majority (70% and more than 100,000 votes). If there is no clear majority the senators will abstain from voting.
Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop the Greens) Peter Whelan The Outdoor Recreation Party (ORP) is a minor political party in New South Wales, Australia. It professes to represent the outdoor community and interests such as cycling, bushwalking, camping, kayaking, 4WD motoring, skiing, fishing and shooting. It is formally allied with the Liberal Democratic Party.
Palmer United Party Clive Palmer The Palmer United Party (PUP), dubbed the PUPs, was formed by Australian mining businessman Clive Palmer in April 2013. The party claims to have a broad political philosophy rather than a set ideology as well as reserving social issues as a free conscience vote. Their fiscal policies are centre to centre-right. Following defections from the LNP, the PUP holds several seats in the Queensland parliament, and at the 2013 federal election it won one House of Representatives and two Senate seats but later won another Senate seat for the Western Australia Senate by-election.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Pauline Hanson One Nation is a far right, nationalist and protectionist political party. Pauline Hanson founded the party after being elected as an independent due to her disendorsement as the preselected Liberal Party candidate for the Australian House of Representatives. It gained more than 22 percent of the statewide vote translating to 11 of 89 seats in Queensland's unicameral legislative assembly at the 1998 state election. Federally, the party peaked at the 1998 election on 9 percent of the nationwide vote, electing one senator in Queensland. The party has never approached these heights again, and while it nominally still exists it attracts a negligible percentage of the vote.
Pirate Party Australia Simon Frew Pirate Party Australia, is a political party that represents civil liberty issues and is committed to evidence based policy decisions. The party is based on the Pirate Party of Sweden and is focused on copyright reform, internet freedom, government transparency, civil liberties and ending censorship. It is committed to democratic practices including all members having voting rights over policy adoption, pre-selection, executive roles and even preference distributions.
Renewable Energy Party Peter Breen Originally the Human Rights Party, the Renewable Energy Party regards Climate Change to be the greatest single issue of our time. The REP seeks to transition into 100% renewable electricity production by, or before 2030 and obtain zero net carbon emissions by 2050, pushing Australia to the forefront of the global transition into the renewable energy economy.
Rise Up Australia Party Daniel Nalliah Socially conservative and nationalist political party founded by Danny Nalliah, pastor of Catch The Fire Ministries, in 2011. It is considered to be to the right of both the CDP and Family First, and has been accused of overt racism by opponents. It ran in the 2013 election but did not secure any seats.
Science Party James Jansson Formerly known as the Future Party until March 2016. The party believes that technological development is a positive force in human affairs and values the cultural, economic, and technological benefits of modernism. The party seeks to promote high quality science research and education. It believes in freedom of expression, and has a positive view of the power of free markets, and the benefits of high density cities.
Secular Party of Australia John Perkins Founded in 2006 and supports secular humanist ethical principles with its stated political aims being opposition to privileges for religious organisations and to the influence of religion on public policy, and the promotion of laws based on humanist ethical principles and scientific evidence.
Seniors United Party of Australia
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Robert Brown The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party founded in 1992 as the Australian Shooters Party, is a political party based on gun rights, global warming scepticism, nationalism, and environmentalism. The SAFP have a total of 5 state MPs in the upper houses of Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Smokers' Rights Party Rachel Connor The Smokers' Rights Party was formed in 2012, to argue that taxation on cigarettes in Australia is excessive and not justified by public health costs. They would like to see property owners making their own smoking rules (including in bars and pubs), rather than the government, and argue that the decision to smoke is a matter of personal choice.
Socialist Alliance Collective Leadership with National Co-convenors (Susan Price and Peter Boyle) The Socialist Alliance was founded in 2001 as an alliance of socialist organisations and individuals in Australia, initiated by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and the International Socialist Organisation along with 6 other founding socialist organisations. With branches in all states and territories, and electoral registration federally and in a number of states, it is the largest group on the Australian far Left.
Socialist Equality Party Nick Beams The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is a Trotskyist political party in Australia. The SEP was established in 2010 as the successor party to the Socialist Labour League, which was founded in 1972 as the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The SEP is a registered political party with the Australian Electoral Commission, and participates in elections at all levels of government. Party Secretary Nick Beams is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS), the online news and information centre of the ICFI. Peter Symonds, national editor of the WSWS, is also a member of the party.
Sustainable Australia William Bourke The party was formed in 2010 as the Stable Population Party and later the Sustainable Population Party. It opposes population growth and advocates a stable population for Australia.
The Arts Party PJ Collins The Arts Party was formed in 2014. It was established to advocate for the Arts in Australia, encourage creativity, build community and invest in knowledge.
The Australian Mental Health Party Advocates for the rights of those with mental health conditions.[5] As of July 2016, it has not stood any candidates in an election.
Voluntary Euthanasia Party Kerry Bromson A single issue political party that intends to lobby for legislative change to allow for voluntary euthanasia in Australia. Registered in 2013.
VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy! Nathan Spataro A party focused on instituting direct democracy in Australia, allowing the public to vote on bills directly.

Parties registered for state elections with state electoral bodies[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[6]

Party Leader
Australian Cyclists Party Omar Khalifa
Animal Justice Party Mark Pearson
Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch) (including Country Labor Party) Luke Foley
Building Australia Party
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) Paul Green
Liberal Party of Australia (New South Wales Division) Mike Baird
National Party of Australia - NSW Troy Grant
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Robert Brown
Socialist Alliance
The Greens no leader
Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) Shayne Higson

Parties that are only registered in NSW:

Party Leader Description
Australian Democrats (NSW Division) Formerly a national party; last remaining registered state branch.
Australian Motorist Party
No Land Tax Campaign
No Parking Meters Party
Outdoor Recreation Party Note: is allied federally with the Liberal Democratic Party of Australia but NOT a division of that party.
The Fishing Party
Unity Party

Victoria[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties[7]

Party Leader
Animal Justice Party
Australian Christians
Australian Country Party
Australian Cyclists Party
Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) Daniel Andrews
Australian Sex Party – Victorian Branch Fiona Patten
Democratic Labour Party – Victorian Branch Rachel Carling-Jenkins
Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Party of Australia – Victorian Division Matthew Guy
National Party of Australia – Victoria Peter Walsh
Palmer United Party
Rise Up Australia Party
Shooters and Fishers Party
Socialist Alliance (Victoria)
The Australian Greens – Victoria Greg Barber
Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Parties that are only registered in Victoria:

Party Leader
People Power Victoria-No Smart Meters
Vote 1 Local Jobs James Purcell

Queensland[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[8]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)
Queensland Greens
Family First Party Queensland
Liberal National Party of Queensland
One Nation Queensland Division
Katter's Australian Party
Palmer United Party

Western Australia[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[9]

Party Leader
Australian Christians (WA)
Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) Mark McGowan
Family First Party WA
National Party of Australia (WA) Inc Terry Redman
Shooters and Fishers Party (WA) Inc
The Greens (WA) Inc
The Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) Inc Colin Barnett

South Australia[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[10]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) Jay Weatherill
Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division) Steven Marshall
National Party of Australia (SA) Inc
Australian Greens SA Mark Parnell
Family First Party Robert Brokenshire
Liberal Democratic Party
Shooters and Fishers Party SA

Parties that are only registered in SA:

Party Leader Description
Dignity for Disability Kelly Vincent
Stop Population Growth Now
Danig Party of Australia

Tasmania[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[11]

Party Leader
Australian Christians
Australian Labor Party Bryan Green
Liberal Party of Australia, Tasmanian Division Will Hodgman
Palmer United Party
Socialist Alliance
Tasmanian Greens Cassy O'Connor

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[12]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch) Andrew Barr
Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division) Jeremy Hanson
The ACT Greens Shane Rattenbury

Parties that are only registered in ACT:

Party Leader Description
Australian Motorist Party
Community Alliance Party (ACT)
Marion Lê Social Justice Party

Northern Territory[edit]

Divisions of the federal parties:[13]

Party Leader
Australian Labor Party Michael Gunner
Citizens Electoral Council (NT Division)
Country Liberals Adam Giles
Shooters and Fishers Party
The Greens

Parties that are only registered in the Northern Territory:

Party Leader Description
1 Territory Party Braedon Earley

Unregistered parties[edit]

Parties listed in alphabetical order:

Party Leader Description
Communist Party of Australia (revived) Bob Briton Founded as the Socialist Party of Australia (SPA) in 1971 from a split within the original Communist Party of Australia, the party has been mainly a left wing political party and has played a limited role in Australia's trade union movement. The party received its first electoral win with the election of Tony Oldfield to Auburn Council in the 2012 NSW local government elections.
Workers party of Australia Mark Knight A party advocating to bringing back the death penalty, lowering immigration, the party would repeal the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Progressive Labour Party Rod Noble The party is a broad left-wing party started by, among others, dissident former members of the Australian Labor Party. The party regularly makes submissions to Senate and other committees on a broad range of issues. Occasionally it runs independent candidates in elections (see candidate Susanna Scurry for Division of Newcastle in the 2013 Australian federal election), but mostly endorses candidates of other parties in elections that support parts of their agenda.
Save the Planet No formal leader; instead the party President, Convenor, and National Campaign Coordinator act as national spokespersons on party matters A political party and campaigning organisation that focuses on climate change and sustainability.[14] They ran six candidates as party endorsed independents at the 2013 federal election.

Defunct parties[edit]

These organisations are no longer registered with any federal, state or territory political bodies, and can thus no longer contest elections. A number of these may still exist as organisations in some form, but none are any longer officially recognised as political parties.

  • (#-A)
Party Description
All for Australia League (1931–1932)
Australian Nationalist Party (1958–1958) Its objectives included opposition to communism and socialisation, reducing taxes, restoring the proportion of British immigration to 75% of the total, deportation of migrants convicted of certain crimes, increasing social services, restoration of full employment, opposition to salary rises for politicians, and support for states' rights.
Australian National Socialist Party (1962–1968) It merged into the National Socialist Party of Australia(NSPA), originally a splinter group, in 1968.
Australian Commonwealth Party (1972–1972)
Australian Family Movement (1974–1990) The party generally stood for conservative Christian principles, and was particularly opposed to homosexuality, transvestism and androgyny, believing them "contrary to the natural order"; and to abortion and euthanasia, placing emphasis on the "dignity and sanctity of all human life, especially at its beginning and at its end".
Australian Democrats (1977–2015) party was founded by former Liberal minister Don Chipp which was the largest third party between 1977 and 2004 when the Greens party overtaking them.
Advance Australia Party (AAP), originally known as the Rex Connor Labor Party (1988–2005) Formerly the Rex Connor Labor Party, was founded in 1988 by the son of former Whitlam Government Minister, Rex Connor after leaving the Australian Labor Party. The party was created in opposition to the embracing of social and economic liberalism by both the Liberal and Labor parties. It was officially registered on 14 July 1989, but deregistered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 5 December 2005 for failing to endorse a candidate in the previous four years.
Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI) (1989–2008)
Australian Conservative Party (later the Australian Conservative Alliance) (1989–1991) founded as a registered political party in 1989, under the leadership of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the Premier of Queensland from 8 August 1968 to August 1988
Abolish Self Government Coalition (1992–1995) A political party in the Australian Capital Territory that experienced limited success in the early years of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. It opposed self-government for the ACT, supporting its re-integration into the local government of New South Wales. The party elected one MLA, Dennis Stevenson, to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989; he was re-elected in 1991 but retired in 1995, after which the party declined markedly. It was federally registered on 22 December 1992 and deregistered on 16 June 1995.
Australia's Indigenous Peoples Party (1993–1999) The party was associated with the Australian indigenous community.
Australian Women's Party (1995) (1995–2003)
Australian Reform Party (1997–2002)
Australian Progressive Alliance (2003–2004) formed by Meg Lees, an independent senator and former leader of the Australian Democrats, in April 2003. The party ceased to operate and was deregistered in June 2005 following Senator Lees's defeat at the 2004 election and the expiry of her term.
Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party (2006–2014) It opposes any bans on recreational fishing, the use of four-wheel drives, horse riding, trail bikes, camping and kayaking, and generally opposes conservation measures which it sees as threatening to recreation.
4Change (formerly the Climate Change Coalition) Formed in 2007, 4C/CCC sought to change public policy with a view to accelerate action by politicians from all parties on global warming and climate change. Its position on working towards addressing climate change, stresses co-operation with big business to achieve significant progress on the issue. The party therefore advocates a close working relationship between environmentalists and the business community. The CCC was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 4 September 2007 and deregistered on 25 March 2010.
Australia's First Nations Political Party (2011–2015) The policies of the party focused on issues such as Northern Territory statehood and Aboriginal sovereignty, The party was associated with the Australian indigenous community.
Australia Party
Australian Bill of Rights Group The party agitating for the creation of a Bill of Rights for Australia. At the 1996 federal election, it contested the Senate in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland on joint tickets with the Republican Party of Australia. Among its candidates were future New South Wales Legislative Councillor Peter Breen, who headed the ticket in New South Wales. The party ran a single ticket in Victoria in the 1998 federal election.
Australian Defence Movement
Australia First Movement
Australian Independence Movement
Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist)
Australian Labor Party (Non-Communist) Nicknamed Lang Labor like its predecessor.
Australian Labor Party (NSW) Nicknamed Lang Labor as would its successor.
Australian Marijuana Party
Australian Nationalist Workers' Party
Australian National Party
Australian National Renascence Party
Australian Party
  • (B-C)
Party Description
Commonwealth Liberal Party (1909–1916) Major conservative party, created by merger of the Protectionist Party and Free Trade Party in 1909. Formed government between 1909–10 and 1913–14. Merged with the National Labor Party in 1917, forming the Nationalist Party. The CLP is the earliest direct ancestor of the current Liberal Party of Australia.
Communist Party of Australia (1920–1991) Major Communist party,
Country Progressive Party (late 1920s–1930)
Country and Progressive National Party (1926–1936)
Commonwealth Party (1943–1944)
Commonwealth Centre Party (1961–1961)It was formed by disaffected members of the Liberal Party. It had little success and was wound up soon after the election.
Conservative Party of Australia (1984–1998)
Combined New Australia Party (1990–1990)
Confederate Action Party of Australia (1992–1993) It advocated the return of the death penalty, denial of all applications for political asylum, and the reintroduction of the use of convict labour. The party sometimes used the slogan "We are One Australia – One Nation".
Country Party (South Australia) (1997–1932) Initially known as the Farmers and Settlers Association. The Country Party eventually merged with the Liberal Federation to create the Liberal and Country League (LCL) in 1932
City Country Alliance (1999–2003)
Curtin Labor Alliance (2001–2005) was a minor Australian political coalition that was formed between two minor right-wing groups, the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC) and the Western Australian Municipal Employers Union, in 2001. The Alliance claimed that Curtin was a nationalist, and that they represented the views that he would have espoused if he was alive.
Carers Alliance (2007–2015)
Communist Alliance (2009–2012) It was an alliance of a number of Communist groups, individuals and ethnic based Communist Parties.
Committee for a Revolutionary Communist Party in Australia
  • (D-E)
Party Description
Democratic Party (1920) (1920–1923)
Democratic Party (1943) (1943–1945)
Democratic Labor Party (1955-78) Predecessor to the current Democratic Labour Party.
Defence of Government Schools (1966–1985) primarily concerned with public education but also focused on pensions and housing policy,was founded by activists opposed to state aid for private schools
Engineered Australia Plan Party (1982–1983)
Deadly Serious Party (1980s–1988)
Defence and Ex-Services Party (1986–1989)
Earthsave (politics) (1996–1999)
Democratic Socialist Electoral League (1998–2001)
Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (Queensland)
Douglas Credit Party The party was based around the social credit theory of monetary reform, first set out by C. H. Douglas.
Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy Australia
Ex-Service, Service and Veterans Party
  • (F-G)
Party Description
Free Trade Party (1887–1909) Major conservative party, It advocated the abolition of protectionism, especially protective tariffs and other restrictions on trade. Its most prominent leader was George Reid, who was the fourth Prime Minister of Australia
Farmers and Producers Political Union (1904–1910) it merged with the Liberal and Democratic Union and the National Defence League to become the Liberal Union
Grey Power (1983–1994) The group was designed to represent the elderly vote, advocating issues dealing with aged care and a mature perspective on national policy; hence the name "grey power".
Freedom and Prosperity Party (2009–2015)
Gamers 4 Croydon (2009–2010)
FREE Australia Party (2010–2014)
Fair Land Tax - Tax Party
Family Law Reform Party
Great Australians Party
  • (H-I)
Party Description
Industrial Socialist Labor Party (1919–1921)
Industrial Labor Party (1936–1939)
Independent Labor Group (1959–1977)
Independent EFF (1987–1999) its positions included reducing workers' compensation, instituting voluntary unionism, and the elimination of unemployment benefits and the flat tax. The party had links to far right groups such as the Australian League of Rights
Independents Group (1989–1995) The Independents Group were a short-lived political party operating in the Australian Capital Territory. They briefly served as part of the Alliance government, alongside the Liberal Party of Australia and Residents Rally.
Hare-Clark Independent Party Party founded on 19 November 1991 by Craig Duby. Notable for having Fiona Patten, future leader of the Australian Sex Party, as a candidate in the 1992 ACT election.
Hope Party Australia (1997–2006)
Hear Our Voice (2007–2010)
Human Rights Party
Illawarra Workers Party
  • (L-M)
Party Description
Liberal Reform Party (1901–1916)
Liberal and Democratic Union (1906–1910)
Liberal Union (South Australia) (1910–1923)
Majority Labor Party (1922–1923)
Liberal Party (1922) (1922–1922)
Liberal Federation (1923–1932)
Liberal and Country League (1932–1972)
Liberal Country Party (1938–1943)
Liberal Democratic Party (1943–1944)
Middle Class Party (1943–1943)
Liberal Reform Group (1966–1969) Opposition to conscription and Australian involvement in the Vietnam War
Liberal Movement (1972–1977) Merged into Australian Democrats
Liberals for Forests (2001–2009)
Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party (2001–2004)
Mutual Party (2014–2015) Previously Bank Reform Party. In March 2015, Merged into the Australian Progressive Party (not to be confused with the similarly named Australian Progressives) after they agreed to join forces they themselves Australian Progressive Party would Merge into Australian Progressives
Libertarian Party of Australia
Liberty League
Marxist Workers Party of Australia
Multicultural Progress Party
  • (N-O)
Party Description
National Defence League (1891–1910) Later known as the Australasian National League
National Labor Party (1916–1917) Created by Prime Minister Billy Hughes in 1916, after he was expelled from the Australian Labor Party. Governed with support of the Commonwealth Liberal Party until 1917 when the two merged into the Nationalist Party of Australia.
Nationalist Party of Australia Major conservative party, the result of a merger of the Commonwealth Liberal Party and National Labor Party in 1917. Formed government between 1917 and 1928. Reorganised as the United Australia Party in 1931.
National Party (South Australia) (1917–1923) Similar to the federal National Labor Party
One Parliament for Australia (1943–1943)
National Liberal Party (1974–1974)
New LM (1976–1977) Merged into Australian Democrats
National Humanitarian Party (1983–1984)
Nuclear Disarmament Party (1984–2009)
One Australia Movement (1986–1992) The party's policies included support for the monarchy, a biblical system of morality, immigration reform and social security reform, and opposition to union strike movements
No Self-Government Party (1989–1992)

An Australian Capital Territory political party that experienced limited success in the early years of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. Like Dennis Stevenson's Abolish Self-Government Coalition, it opposed self-government for the ACT. In the first territory election in 1989, three members of the No Self-Government Party were elected. None was still a member of the party by the 1992 election, by which time it had ceased to exist.

Natural Law Party (1990–1997)
One Australia Party (1995–1999)
New Country Party (2003–2008)
No GST Party
National Alliance (WA)
No Aircraft Noise
National Action
National Preparatory Committee of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Australia A Marxist-Leninist communist party
National Socialist Party of Australia
New England New State Movement
One Nation NSW
  • (P-Q)
Party Description
Protectionist Party (1887–1909) policies centred on protectionism. It advocated protective tariffs, arguing it would allow Australian industry to grow and provide employment. Its most prominent leaders were Sir Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin , who were the first and second prime ministers of Australia.
Progressive Party (1901–1907)
Progressive Party (1920) (1920–1927)
Pangallo Independents Party
Protestant People's Party (1946–1949)
Queensland Labor Party (1957–1962) a breakaway group of the then ruling Australian Labor Party Government after the expulsion of Premier Vince Gair . The party was absorbed into the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) in 1962
Progress Party (1970s–1981) it was formed on Australia Day (26 January) 1975 as a free market libertarian and anti-socialist party by businessmen John Singleton and Sinclair Hill in reaction to the economic policies of Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam
Progressive Conservative Party (1980–1980) Its stated aims included the reintroduction of the White Australia Policy, an end to Asian immigration to Australia, the cessation of foreign aid, and higher tax concessions to non-working mothers
Pensioner and Citizen Initiated Referendum Alliance (formerly Pensioner Party of Australia) (1982–1996) It generally supported the rights of pensioners and retirees, and was also notable as a strongly monarchist group
Party! Party! Party! (1989–1989)
People Power Party (2006–2006)
Pauline's United Australia Party (2007–2010)
Protestant Labor Party
  • (R-S)
Party Description
Revenue Tariff Party (1903–1903) It elected one member, William McWilliams, to the House of Representatives, and one member, Henry Dobson, to the Senate in the 1903 federal election. Both joined the Free Trade Party soon after the election, and the party was not heard of again
Single Tax League (1914–1941) based on support for single tax
Services and Citizens' Party (1943–1944) In 1944 it was one of the groups brought together by Robert Menzies to form the Liberal Party of Australia
Services Party of Australia (1946–1946)
Social Democratic Party (1980–1983)
Republican Party of Australia The Republican Party of Australia was a minor political party dedicated to ending the country's links with the United Kingdom and establishing a republic, but remaining in the Commonwealth. It was formed in 1982 and achieved registration federally in 1992. It in many ways replaced the Australian Republican Party, which had operated from 1949 through until the RPA's. founding. it was deregistered on 15 February 2016 after failing to demonstrate the required number of members
Referendum First Group (1984–1984)It was a single-issue party, demanding a referendum before granting the ACT self-government.
Residents Rally (1989–1995)
Reclaim Australia: Reduce Immigration (1996–1999) The party advocated reducing Immigration to Australia, The party's best electoral result was in the by-election following the retirement of former Prime Minister Paul Keating from the federal seat of Blaxland. In this by-election, the Liberal Party did not field a candidate to oppose the sitting Labor Party, and, although RARI finished behind AAFI on the primary vote, on preferences RARI was able to come second in the seat.
SA First (1999–2002)
Reform the Legal System (2000–2002)
Save the RAH (South Australia) (2010–2010) a single-issue party with the aim of stopping the relocation of Adelaide's main hospital, the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH
Rational Association
Red Eureka Movement
Restore the Workers' Rights Party
Save Our State (New South Wales)
Social Credit Movement of Australia
Socialist Federation of Australia
South Australian Fishing & Lifestyle Party
State Labor Party
Stop CSG Party
Stormy Summers Reform Party (South Australia)
Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party
Surprise Party
  • (T-U)
Party Description
United Australia Party Major conservative party, established in 1931 as successor to the Nationalist Party of Australia. In government federally between 1931 and 1941. Succeeded by the Liberal Party of Australia in 1944.
United Christian Party (1972–1974-1980-1983)
United Tasmania Group (1972–1976-1990-1990) is generally acknowledged as the world's first Green party. Most of the original candidates, including Bob Brown , went on to form the Tasmanian Greens (who enjoyed considerably more success) and then ultimately, at the national level, the Australian Greens.
Unite Australia Party (1986–1990)
Tasmania Senate Team (1992–1996)
Tasmania First Party (1996–2006)
Taxi Operators Political Service (1997–2001)
The 23 Million
The Basics Rock 'n' Roll Party
United Country Party
United Democratic Party
United Party (South Australia)
  • (V-Z)
Party Description
Victorian Socialist Party (1906–1932) a socialist political party, the first explicitly Marxist party in Australia.
Western Australian Party (1906–1906)
Young Australia National Party (1909–1916?)
Victorian Liberal Party (formerly the Electoral Reform League) (1954–1955)
What Women Want (2007–2010) Strong interest in maternity issues, including support of midwives.

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