(7:15pm – this post has been updated to clarify some points of law.)
Last year Labor and the Coalition combined to pass legislation that prevented parties from having registered names that were too similar to those of already registered parties.
It was clear the target of the legislation was the Liberal Democratic Party. Last November, after applications by the Liberal and Labor Parties, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) gave notice that the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Labour Party would be de-registered if they did not change their names.
The full 3-person Australian Electoral Commission confirmed the original de-registration notice from November on 9 February.
, so the Liberal Democrats were de-registered under their existing name.
On 9 March the High Court upheld the new law by which the party had been de-registered. It looked like game, set and match for the Liberal Democrats.
But no, the Liberal Democrats are free to contest the 2022 election under the name Liberal Democrats despite the law and despite the High Court.
It all comes down to a clever loophole in the law that someone in the party spotted.
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