Derryn Hinch's Justice Party
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14/1 Queens Rd |
Melbourne, VIC 3004
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Derryn Hinch's Justice Party, commonly known as the Justice Party, is a political party in Australia, registered for federal elections since 14 April 2016. The party is named after its founder, Derryn Hinch, an Australian media personality.
Focusing on reforms to the justice system, it believes in a hard-line law-and-order approach, "putting victims above criminals". The party campaigns on prioritising jail sentences over rehabilitation and bail, as well as tougher restrictions on parole. Anti-paedophilia forms another large part of the party's ideology, owing to Hinch's background in naming alleged sexual offenders.
It currently holds one seat in the Senate, after achieving 6.05% of the first-preference votes in Victoria. It has announced plans to run candidates in the 2018 Victorian state election, and was registered by the Victorian Electoral Commission in May 2018.
Hinch announced his political ambitions in October 2015, and at that stage remained host of his weekly program Hinch Live, in a decision supported by Sky News Live. Hinch stepped down from the program on 24 April 2016, telling viewers the program was entering either "semi or permanent recess" depending on the success of his party. The Justice Party's election platform is anti-paedophile, tough on crime and in favour of parole and bail "reform".
In June 2016 the party challenged the Australian Electoral Commission's decision to refuse the Justice Party, and other micro-parties, the right to display their distinguishing logos on the Senate ballot paper. The matter is to be heard in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
2016 federal election
The Justice Party fielded candidates for the Senate in every state of Australia, and also six lower house seats, in the 2016 federal election. Derryn Hinch was the party's lead candidate to represent Victoria in the Senate. Hinch was successful at securing the tenth (of 12) seats representing Victoria. No other Justice Party candidates were elected.
Aged 72, Hinch is the oldest federal parliamentarian to be elected for the first time.
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