Application for registration approved – Australian Sovereignty Party

Updated: 4 July 2013

File reference: Reg5147, 13/228

The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the Australian Sovereignty Party should be registered under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Notice under section 133(1A)(a).

Background

On 12 March 2013, the Australian Electoral Commission (the AEC) received an application from the Australian Sovereignty Party (the Party) to be registered as a political party under the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act).

The AEC conducted a series of tests usually undertaken as part of the initial consideration of an application and on 16 April 2013, a delegate of the AEC considered the application and issued a notice under section 131 of the Electoral Act allowing the Party to submit a varied membership list. The Party responded formally to this notice on 22 May 2013, and the amended application resolved the problems raised by the delegate in the s.131 notice.

On 28 May 2013, a delegate found that the Party's application complied with the eligibility requirements of the Electoral Act and approved the advertisement of the Party's application for public input. On 29 May 2013, the application was advertised on the AEC website and in 10 newspapers achieving coverage throughout Australia as required by s.132 of the Electoral Act.

Section 132 of the Electoral Act provides one month from the date of advertisement for any person (or organisation) to submit written particulars of grounds for their belief that the application:

  • does not relate to an eligible political party;
  • is not in accordance with s.126 of the Electoral Act; or
  • should be refused under s.129 of the Electoral Act.

Eligibility of a political party is determined by the definition of 'political party' in s.4 of the Electoral Act and the definition of 'eligible political party' in s.123 of the Electoral Act.

Objections

No objections to the registration of the Party had been received by the deadline on 1 July 2013.

Conclusion

The application by the Party was assessed by a delegate of the AEC on 28 May 2013 under s.131 of the Electoral Act and no reason was found to refuse it. The application was advertised as required by s.132 of the Electoral Act.

A delegate of the AEC registered the Party.

2 July 2013.

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