Party entered in the Register of Political Parties
File reference: Reg2328a, 2007/387
The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the application by the Peter Andren Independent Group to be registered as a political party under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 should be accepted and the party entered in the Register of Political Parties.
On 12 April 2007, the Australian Electoral Commission (the AEC) received an application from the Peter Andren Independent Group (the Party) for registration as a political party under the provisions of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act).
On 28 May 2007, the Delegate of the AEC determined the initial consideration of the Party's application and approved the advertising of the Party's application to invite objections. The Party's application was advertised in the Commonwealth Gazette and in 10 newspapers circulating in the various states and territories on Wednesday 6 June 2007. No objections were received.
Political parties may apply for registration for the purposes of federal elections in accordance with the requirements of Part XI of the Electoral Act. The Act requires the AEC to maintain a publicly available 'Register of Political Parties'.
The provisions specifically relevant for the current application under consideration are sections 4, 123, 124, 126, 129, 132, 132A and 133 of the Electoral Act. An extract of the relevant provisions is available adjacent to this notice on this website.
In relation to this Party, the relevant provisions require it to:
Subsection 4(1) of the Electoral Act defines a political party as an organisation that has the object or activity of, or has as one of its objects or activities, the promotion of the election to the Senate or to the House of Representatives, of a candidate or candidates endorsed by it.
The AEC determined that the Party is an organisation on the basis of the minutes it supplied of its inaugural meeting and the organisation structure set out in the Party's constitution. The Party's constitution records a purpose of endorsing candidates to contest Senate elections.
The Party is accepted as a political party as defined in section 4 of the Electoral Act.
The application conforms to the technical requirements set out in section 126 of the Electoral Act.
Section 123 of the Act requires a Parliamentary party have a member who is a member of the Commonwealth Parliament. Mr Peter Andren MP, Member for Calare, confirmed that he is a member of the Party.
The Party satisfies the membership criterion in section 123 of the Electoral Act.
The Party's constitution contains the following matters relevant to registration:
The Party's constitution satisfies the requirements of the Electoral Act.
Section 129 of the Electoral Act prohibits the registration of parties with certain names. This is called the names test. The names test requires that a political party cannot be registered if its name or abbreviation:
The name 'Peter Andren Independent Group' or the abbreviation 'Peter Andren Independent' do not offend any of these prohibitions.
The Party passes the names test in section 129 of the Electoral Act.
The AEC saw no reason to refuse to register the Party and no objections were lodged to its registration following its advertisement.
The Peter Andren Independent Group has been registered.
Deputy Electoral Commissioner
Delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission