Smokers' Rights Party

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Smokers' Rights Party
SpokespersonClinton Mead[1]
IdeologySingle-issue politics

The Smokers' Rights Party was a registered political party in Australia from 2013 until September 2017.[2]

The party was created in order to feed preferences to David Leyonhjelm of the Liberal Democratic Party.[3][4] With the abolition of group voting tickets in 2016, the Smokers' Rights Party was no longer able to act as a preference feeder, and published a statement recommending that supporters vote for Leyonhjelm in the Senate.[5] It was formally deregistered in September 2017.[2]

The Smokers' Rights Party states that it does not receive funding from the tobacco industry.[6] Despite this, the Liberal Democrats do, having received at least $35000 from Philip Morris in the 2013-2014 financial year.[7]

Smokers Rights fielded only one candidate in the 2016 federal election. This was Joaquim De Lima as a candidate for the Division of Fowler in the House of Representatives.[8] De Lima had previously run as a candidate for the Outdoor Recreation Party (NSW 2011 for Penrith, 2013 Senate NSW, 2014 senate WA, 2015 NSW upper house),[9] and the Liberal Democrats (Federal 2010 for Greenway).

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  1. ^ "What is the Australian Smokers Rights Party?". 2SER.
  2. ^ a b "Notice of deregistration Smokers Rights Party" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. Notice under s 137(4) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 On 5 September 2017, Stuart Oreo, acting Assistant Commissioner, as a delegate of the Electoral Commission, deregistered the Smokers Rights Party under subsection 137(4) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. Reason: s 137(4) – failure to respond to notice under s 137 (1)
  3. ^ "Accusations fly in micro-party stoush", InDaily, 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Revealed: the libertarian Right's micro-party links", Crikey, 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ "How to vote to protect your rights in the 2016 election", Smokers' Rights Party.
  6. ^ "Links", Smokers' Rights Party.
  7. ^ "'Thank you for smoking': Leyonhjelm confirms Philip Morris backing", The Guardian, 2 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Senate candidates don't live here", The West Australian, 22 March 2014.