Republican Party of Australia

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Republican Party of Australia
FounderPeter Consandine
Founded1982; 37 years ago (1982)
Preceded byAustralian Republican Party (est. 1956)
IdeologyRepublicanism
Political positionBig tent
Website
Official website

The Republican Party of Australia is a minor Australian political party dedicated to ending the country's links with the United Kingdom and establishing a republic. It was formed in 1982, and has been registered several times since then. It is not linked with the Australian Republican Movement.


History[edit]

Australian Republican Party (1956–1970s)[edit]

The Australian Republican Party was formed in 1956 in response to the playing of "God Save the Queen" at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. It was based in Melbourne, but by 1970 had branches in New South Wales and Queensland. It suffered from "low membership, internal division and a range of policies which were, to say the least, odd". In 1964, the party proposed a massive expansion of the welfare state funded by the deregulation of gambling. It was also in favour of the Vietnam War, U.S. bases on Australian soil, conscription, and quotas for Asian immigration.[1]

The 1973 New South Wales state election was the first time that the Republican Party contested an election outside.[2] In 1974, the party elected Doreen Storry as its leader. It was reported that she was the first woman to lead an Australian political party. As well as supporting republicanism, the party was said to oppose "any form of socialism, foreign equity or monopolistic practices in Australia".[3]

Republican Party of Australia (1982–present)[edit]

The current Republican Party of Australia was founded in Sydney in 1982 by Peter Consandine. By the 1990s, the party's platform called for the reform of the Australian court system and for the reintroduction of one-cent and two-cent coins.[4] The Republican Party of Australia was first registered for federal elections by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in 1992.[5] It contested the 2004 federal election, but was not registered at the time of the 2007 election, although some of its members stood as independent candidates.[6]

The party was re-registered on 9 July 2013, but was deregistered on 15 February 2016 after failing to demonstrate the required number of members. The party's registered officer appealed that decision on 2 March 2016, but it was affirmed by the Electoral Commission on 24 August 2016.[7] The party applied for federal registration again in 2017,[8] which was approved on 31 July.[9]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ McKenna, Mark (1996). The Captive Republic: A History of Republicanism in Australia 1788-1996. Cambridge University Press. p. 224. ISBN 0521576180.
  2. ^ "CP opens NSW campaign Thursday". The Canberra Times. 22 October 1973.
  3. ^ "Woman leads party". The Canberra Times. 11 November 1974.
  4. ^ McKenna 1996, p. 244.
  5. ^ Republican Party of Australia (2008). "Constitution of the Republican Party of Australia". Republican Party of Australia. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  6. ^ Consandine, Peter (2007). "Report on 2007 Federal Election". Republican Party of Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Republican Party of Australia". Australian Electoral Commission. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Notices: Current party registration applications inviting objection". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Republican Party of Australia" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2017.