File reference: Reg5220, 13/444
The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the Single Parents’ Party should be registered under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
Each application to enter a political party in the Register of Political Parties is assessed against the requirements in Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act).
On 22 May 2013, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) received an application from the Single Parents’ Party (the Party) to be registered as a non-parliamentary political party under the Act. The Party proposed to register the abbreviation ‘SPP’.
The AEC conducted a series of tests usually undertaken as part of the initial consideration of an application. On 5 June 2013, a delegate of the AEC found that the Party's application had not met the requirements, relating to party registration, of the Act and issued a notice under s.131 of the Act. The notice advised the Party that too many electors had denied their membership of the Party when contacted by the AEC.
On 17 June 2013, the Party provided an amended application with an updated list of Party members. On 1 July 2013, a delegate found that the Party's application complied with the eligibility requirements of the Act and approved the advertisement of the Party's application for public input. On 3 July 2013, the application was advertised on the AEC website and in 10 newspapers achieving coverage throughout Australia as required by s.132 of the Act.
No objections to the registration of the Party were received before the deadline of 5 August 2013.
The last date by which objections could be received was Monday 5 August 2013.
No objections were received, but writs for the 2013 federal election had been issued that day. Under s.127 of the Act, no further action could be taken on this application until the return of those writs. The Party was advised on 4 August 2013 about the delay caused by the issue of the writs.
The final outstanding writ was for the election of Senators for Western Australia and was returned to the State Governor on 6 November 2013.
On 1 July 2013, the application by the Party was assessed by a delegate of the AEC and no reason was found to refuse it. The application was advertised as required by s.132 of the Act. No objection was made to the registration of the Party.
The delegate of the AEC registered the Party as set out below.
Notice under section 133(1A)(a)
On 7 November 2013, as delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission for the purposes of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, I entered the following party in the Register of Political Parties.
Delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission