Rise Up Australia Party
|Founded||11 February 2013|
|Headquarters||23 Melverton Drive, Hallam, Victoria, 3803|
|Colours||Red White Blue|
|Slogan||Keep Australia Australian|
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Rise Up Australia Party is a far-right political party in Australia. The party's policy platform is focused on nationalist and Christian conservative issues, such as opposing the spread of Islamic doctrine in Australia and opposition to same-sex marriage. The party was started by Pentecostal minister Danny Nalliah. Its slogan is "Keep Australia Australian".
Nalliah launched Rise Up Australia on 22 June 2011. He had been a candidate for the Australian Senate in the 2004 federal election for the Family First Party but was forced to leave the party due to demeaning statements about minority groups. The launch date was picked as it was the anniversary of Nalliah's successful case in the Supreme Court. The party was launched with the help of Christopher Monckton, with Nalliah to run for a senate seat in 2013. Nalliah has declared that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is "living in sin" for cohabiting with a domestic partner, while attacking former Greens leader Bob Brown for being an "openly practicing homosexual"; Nalliah has stated that he felt sick to the stomach watching Gillard and Brown shake hands.
In 2015, the party's Facebook page had a following of 6,000. It was banned and suspended on Facebook for 24 hours because of its "hateful speech" content. It was the first Australian political party page to have been temporarily banned from Facebook.
In the 2016 federal election Rise Up Australia fielded two senate candidates in each of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, and a total of 31 candidates for the House of Representatives, including 18 in Victoria.
The party failed to gain any seats in the election.
Aims of the party include opposition to multiculturalism, preserving Australia's "Judeo-Christian heritage" and cuts to Australia’s "Muslim intake", as well as the protection of freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.
Following the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria which claimed 173 lives, Nalliah avowed to have been party to "a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb." In a similar vein, he has also linked the catastrophic 2010–2011 Queensland floods to remarks Kevin Rudd made about Israel. Nalliah declared on his website "...at once I was reminded of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel in Israel on 14th December 2010. It is very interesting that Kevin Rudd is from QLD. Is God trying to get our attention? Yes, I believe so."
The party voices support for the state of Israel stating in their policy platform "[we]support the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure and defensible borders, and with Jerusalem as its undivided capital".
In a 2011 interview with Perth's "Out in Perth", Nalliah stated that homosexuals can be turned back to heterosexual relationships through education and through Christ. "As a political party, while we love the homosexual community and want to get to know them better, we also have a stand where we say, children need to be protected. We would love to see every man and women come together, there's a time in life when you do things, and maybe you feel yes you are locked into an agenda.... [our position] is that homosexuality is not OK". He also stated "Children should not be exposed to [public displays of homosexual affection] and other practices that go beyond morality." Furthermore, the party also states that there will be a "homosexual marriage onslaught in public schools across the state" if same sex legislation is passed.
The Rise Up Australia Party's energy policy also claims that Australia's coal-fired power stations are 42% energy efficient. They have plans to repeal the carbon tax if elected.
The Rise Up Australia Party also plans an overhaul of Australia's media content laws by restricting immoral content which their website describes as being "gratuitous violent and socially-degenerating themes".
- Keep Australia Australian! - Rise Up Australia Party
- "Evil spells are being cast on parliament", News.com.au, 12 October 2009
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- Manifesto – Rise Up Australia Party
- , Black Saturday ABC online feature.
- , "Pastor's abortion dream inflames bushfire tragedy," the Sydney Morning Herald, 11 February 2009
- , Rise Up Australia website, 28 June 2011