City Country Alliance

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City Country Alliance
LeaderBill Feldman
Deputy LeaderPeter Prenzler
Executive DirectorIan Petersen
FoundedSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)
DissolvedApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
Split fromPauline Hanson's One Nation
IdeologyAustralian nationalism,
Protectionism,
Social conservatism
Political positionRight-wing

The City Country Alliance (CCA, initially One Nation Queensland) was a short-lived Australian political party, operating exclusively in Queensland, that briefly held six Queensland state parliamentary seats. It was founded in the wake of Pauline Hanson's One Nation experiencing severe ructions in Queensland, the home state of founder Pauline Hanson.

One Nation had made a surprisingly good showing at the 1998 state election, winning 11 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. However, in 1999, five MLAs seceded to sit as independents, in protest at the centralisation of party affairs in Sydney, costing One Nation official status in the legislature. Amid delays in the Supreme Court of Queensland acting on an appeal of One Nation's deregistration in Queensland, the five remaining One Nation MLAs tried to register a separate Queensland party. When party headquarters declared it a mutiny, they announced formation of One Nation QLD as a separate party. The party later changed its name to the City Country Alliance.[1]

Its inaugural parliamentary leader was Bill Feldman, and its executive director was Ian Petersen. A sixth member, Jeff Knuth, subsequently joined, and was later followed by former Senator-elect Heather Hill.

On 12 September 2000, the party became lawfully registered, but it had already showed signs of collapse before winning formal registration. Its website had not been updated since 24 March 2000.

On 17 February 2001, the party contested the Queensland state election, winning only 2.39% of the primary vote, and losing all of its seats. On 22 April 2003, the party lost its official status[2] after the Australian Electoral Commission determined it no longer had the right to hold it.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Leach, Michael (2000). The Rise and Fall of Pauline Hanson. University of Queensland Press.
  2. ^ Australian Electoral Commission. "City Country Alliance". Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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