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New political parties target disgruntled voters - Animal Justice Party
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 09:33:41 PM »
VOTER disenchantment with mainstream political parties has led to a growth of new alternatives, with seven organisations hoping to snare electors unhappy with Labor, the Coalition or the Greens.

Australian Electoral Commission records show seven new national political parties were registered last year, almost double the number established in the same period after the last election in 2007.

One of the new parties, the Australian Christians, which launches later this month on Australia Day, aims to appeal to the country's religious community and put the "compassion" back into politics in light of the asylum-seeker debate and other issues.

The party -- which is associated with the Christian Democrats and NSW MP Fred Nile -- has ambitious plans to get 100,000 members and win Senate seats.

The new conservative party comes when the Greens hold a deeply unpopular minority government with Labor, and federal parliament is about to hold a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

Lobbyists for marriage equality are targeting Coalition MPs over the summer in the hope Tony Abbott will allow his partyroom to have a conscience vote like their Labor counterparts.

Other parties registered last year include the Katter's Australia Party of Queensland independent MP Bob Katter, which took two applications to be successful, and the Australian Protectionist Party, which is against globalisation and free trade.

At the other end of the political spectrum, the Animal Justice Party was registered last May and is campaigning to ban permanently live exports following the Indonesian cattle controversy last year.

"Several non-government organisations have been tackling animal welfare issues at ground level from various perspectives," says the party's statement. "However, there's an immediate urgency to bring much needed influence to this agenda from a government policy dimension."

Voters not happy with Julia Gillard's carbon tax have formed the No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics party, which has been renamed since the scheme passed through parliament, while the Country Alliance was registered to deal with policies created by what they dub "city-centric pollies".

The First Nations Political Party representing indigenous people is the seventh organisation registered last year compared with four parties created in 2008.

Australian Christians director Ray Moran -- who used to run the Christian Democrats out of Perth -- said the party aimed to appeal to those religious voters dissatisfied with federal politics.

He said it aimed to get 100,000 members and ensure the community had a "voice in Canberra" on legislative and policy discussions.

"Nineteen per cent of Australians go to church once a month or more," he said. "We want to introduce the compassionate heart back into politics."

Milanda Rout
The Australian 07.01.2012

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/new-political-parties-target-disgruntled-voters/story-fn59niix-1226238594469