City Country Alliance

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The City Country Alliance (CCA, initially One Nation Queensland Alliance) was a short lived Australian political party that briefly held six Queensland state seats while it operated exclusively in Queensland.

It was founded in the wake of Pauline Hanson's One Nation suffering severe ructions in Queensland, the home state of party founder Pauline Hanson. The party 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 of 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 this 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 subsequently followed by former Senator-elect Heather Hill.

On 12 September 2000, it was lawfully became registered as a political party. However, the party 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. It lost all six seats it held, and received only 2.39% of the primary vote.

On 22 April 2003, the party lost its official status[2] as 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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