File reference: Reg3950, 08/956
The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) determined that the application by The Australian Greens – Victoria for voluntary deregistration under s135 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 be accepted.
Section 135 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act) provides for registered political parties to apply for voluntary deregistration. On 27 October 2010, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) received an application from The Australian Greens - Victoria for voluntary deregistration.
The legal provisions relevant for the application are sections 123, 134 and 135. An extract of the relevant provisions is on the AEC's website at:
The reader should consult this extract at the link above to see a copy of the legal provisions discussed below.
Section 135(1) of the Electoral Act provides that an application for voluntary de-registration may be made by persons entitled to make an application to change the Register of Political Parties under s134. In the case of The Australian Greens – Victoria, a non-parliamentary party, an application may be made by three members.
The application from The Australian Greens – Victoria was made by Mr Timothy Long (Party Agent), Ms Hayley Conway (State co-secretary) and Mr Rohan Leppert (State co-secretary). All three are recorded with the AEC as being members of the Party and Mr Long is recorded as the Party agent.
Section 135(2) of the Electoral Act provides that an application for voluntary deregistration shall:
The application is in writing, is signed by the applicants and sets out the capacities in which each applicant makes the application. Each applicant has submitted the party's address for themselves, which meets the requirements of s135(2).
The Australian Electoral Commission is satisfied that the application from The Australian Greens – Victoria for voluntary deregistration is in accordance with the requirements of s135 of the Electoral Act. Accordingly, as a delegate of the AEC pursuant to Part XI (Party Registration) of the Electoral Act, I accepted the application for voluntary deregistration from The Australian Greens – Victoria and removed the Party from the Register of Political Parties.
Director Funding and Disclosure
Delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission
29 October 2010