File reference: 07/1095 – Reg2483
The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the application by What Women Want (Australia) 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 16 July 2007, the Australian Electoral Commission (the AEC) received an application from What Women Want (Australia) (the Party) for registration as a political party under the provisions of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act).
On 19 July 2007, the delegate of the AEC approved the advertising of the Party's application to invite objections. The Party's application was advertised in the Commonwealth Gazette on Friday 20 July 2007 and in major newspapers circulating in the various states and territories on Monday 23 July 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 Electoral 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 Party meets the definition under section 4(1) of the Act as it is an organisation based on a constitution, including an objective to promote the election of candidates to the "Federal Senate and the Federal House of Representatives".
The application conforms to the technical requirements set out in section 126 of the Electoral Act.
Section 123 of the Electoral Act requires that a party have a position that performs the functions of a secretary.
The Party passes this test as its constitution provides a description of the responsibilities of the secretary.
Section 123 of the Act requires a non-parliamentary party to have at least 500 members (who are entitled to enrolment).
The criterion for membership including the payment of a membership fee is set out in the Party's constitution and the statutory declaration by the secretary states that each of the members on the list has been accepted as a member of the Party in accordance with the rules of the Party.
If, in contacting a random sample of 20 people from the membership list, there is no more than one instance where the membership could not be confirmed, then FAD accepts that the party has passed the required membership test. The test is designed to detect fraudulent membership in the 500 members on the basis that an application that contains fraudulent memberships is unlikely to have 500 members.
A random sample check of 20 members was completed in July 2007. All 20 members confirmed their membership. A check against all available membership lists was conducted, and of the 542 members provided by the Party, no duplicates were found.
The Party has demonstrated that there is no fraud in its membership list and that it satisfies the membership eligibility criterion.
The Party has a constitution that was provided with its application. The constitution contains the following matters relevant to registration:
The Party passes this test.
Section 129 prohibits the registration of parties with certain names. A party cannot be registered if its name or abbreviation is:
There are no political parties with a similar name currently registered at State, Territory or Federal level in Australia.
The Party passes the names test.
No objections were received.
What Women Want (Australia) has been registered.
Deputy Electoral Commissioner
Delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission
28 August 2007