File reference: Reg4039, 10/249
On 18 January 2011, a delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) approved an application from the Australian Protectionist Party (the Party) for registration as a political party under the provisions of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act).
The AEC received an application for registration from the Party on 19 April 2010 and negotiated with the Party to achieve amendments to its application both before and after the legislative freeze on party registration applications required between 19 July 2010 and 17 September 2010, while writs for the 2010 federal elections were outstanding.
The AEC delegate determined that the Party's application had passed its initial assessment on 8 December 2010. The application was advertised in the Commonwealth Gazette and 10 newspapers achieving coverage throughout Australia on 15 December 2010 as required by s132 of the Electoral Act. A period of one month was provided from that date for any person or organisation to lodge reasons why the Party should not be registered. No such reasons were lodged.
The AEC assessed the application by the Party as meeting the requirements of the Electoral Act and no written reasons were lodged against the registration in the period provided for objections to be lodged.
The AEC registered the Australian Protectionist Party.