News 2 February – My election guide for the WA election has now been published.
5 February – the proposal to re-name “Daylight Saving Party” as “Daylight Saving Party – the National Liberals” with ballot paper abbreviation “National Liberals” was rejected.
2 February – the first of the contentious name change applications has been approved. The Flux Party will now appear on ballot papers as ‘Liberals for Climate’.
29 January – registration of Great Australian Party and Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party approved.
19 January – the Small Business Party name change to WAXit Party has been approved.
13 January – the No Mandatory Vaccination Party has now been registered.
In December 2020 I published posts on controversial applications to change the names of two Western Australian political parties. Both applications are attempts by minor parties to adopt ballot paper party names that could easily be confused with the Liberal Party.
The first post dealt with an application by Flux the System! to appear on ballot papers as Liberals for Climate. The second was an application by the Daylight Saving Party to appear on ballot papers as the National Liberals. There is also a good article on the applications on the ABC News site.
Both changes, plus applications to register new parties, indicate that WA voters are set to face large upper house ballot papers from a record number of registered parties. It’s all part of a typical preference harvesting strategy by minor and micro-parties, still possible in Western Australia as the state continues to use group ticket voting to elect the Legislative Council.
Such arranged preference deals were abolished federally with reform of the Senate’s electoral system in 2016.
To keep track of what’s going on as the WA election approaches, I’ll use this post to follow the late rush of applications to change and/or register parties.
The table below lists all parties that have registered to contest the 2021 election. Parties register both a party name and a party abbreviation. The abbreviation is printed on ballot papers next to the names of the party’s candidates.
I’ll update the table as applications are approved. Below the table I’ll keep track of the applications and their progress towards approval.
Once the WA Electoral Commission accepts an application, it is advertised in the WA Government Gazette and 30 days are allowed for objections and comments to be lodged. The party register will close on 11 February at the start of the election campaign.
With the 30 day objection period, it means parties have until the end of the first week of January to lodge and have their applications advertised. It is now too late to register a party for the election.
Parties Registered to Contest 2021 Western Australian Election
|Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)||WA Labor||..||..|
|The Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) Inc||Liberal Party||..||..|
|The Greens (WA) Inc||The Greens (WA)||..||..|
|National Party of Australia (WA) Inc||THE NATIONALS||..||..|
|Pauline Hanson’s One Nation||Pauline Hanson’s One Nation||..||..|
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (WA)||Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||..||..|
|Liberal Democratic Party||Liberal Democrats||..||..|
|Animal Justice Party||..||..||..|
|Australian Christians (WA)||Australian Christians||..||..|
|Daylight Saving Party||Daylight Saving Party||..||..|
|Health Australia Party||Health Australia Party||..||Yes|
|WAXit Party||WAXit Party||..||Yes|
|Socialist Alliance WA||Socialist Alliance||..||..|
|SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA PARTY – STOP OVERDEVELOPMENT/CORRUPTION||..||Yes||..|
|Liberals for Climate – the Flux Network||Liberals for Climate||..||Yes|
|WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY||WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY||..||Yes|
|NO MANDATORY VACCINATION PARTY||NO MANDATORY VACCINATION||Yes||..|
|Great Australian Party||Great Australian Party||Yes||..|
|Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party||Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party||Yes||..|
Below are the details of changes to the register since the 2017 election, along with details of advertised applications to make changes.
Parties de-registered since the 2017 election
- Family First Party WA
New parties registered since the 2017 election
- SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA PARTY – STOP OVERDEVELOPMENT/CORRUPTION
- NO MANDATORY VACCINATION PARTY (registered 6 January)
- Great Australian Party (registered 29 January)
- Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party (registered 29 January)
Party name changes since the 2017 election.
- Julie Mathieson for Western Australia re-named Western Australian Party (July 2017)
- Micro Business Party re-named Small Business Party (October 2018) and the WAXit Party (January 2021)
- Fluoride Free WA Party re-named Health Australia Party (May 2019)
- The Flux Party – WA has been re-named Liberals for Climate – The Flux Network with the party abbreviation Liberals for Climate (February 2021)
Applications to Register or Change Details of Parties
WA Government Gazette 1 December 2020
Applications open for comment until 4 January.
- Application to register – party name NO MANDATORY VACCINATION PARTY, ballot paper abbreviation NO MANDATORY VACCINATION, party secretary Cameron Tinley. (Registration approved 6 January)
- Application to change party name – change The Flux Party – WA to Liberals For Climate – The Flux Network, ballot paper abbreviation Liberals For Climate, party secretary Daithí Gleeson. (Change approved 2 January 2021)
Update: 6 January 2021, No Mandatory Vaccination Party – the Secretary of the party is Cameron Tinley with a Facebook page here and a second page under his name here. Tinley was a Micro Business Party candidate at the 2017 election. The party was re-named the Small Business Party after the election and he was still listed on Facebook as a Small Business Party candidate in mid-2019.
Further Update 6 Jan 2021 – Cam Tinley contacted me and says he would have tidied up those Facebook pages but he can’t log in to delete them because he has been banned by both Twitter and Facebook under their new policies blocking Anti-Vaxx posts. He also reminded me of this article from The West Australian in 2017 on his opposition to being part of Glenn Druery’s micro-party alliance and its exotic arranged preference deals. With group voting tickets still used to elect the WA Legislative Council, the same sort of preference harvesting games are underway in 2021.
WA Government Gazette 8 December 2020
Applications open for comment until 11 January.
- Application to register a ballot paper abbreviation for Health Australia Party, party secretary Robert Ellis. (Approved 12 January)
- Application to change party name – change Small Business Party to WAxit Party, ballot paper abbreviation WAxit, party secretary Emily Wallis. (Approved 12 January 2021)
Update: 6 January 2021, WAXit Party – the new name for the Small Business Party, but the first two candidates named by the party have been seen before. South Metropolitan Region candidate Peter McLernon was Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) candidate for Swan at the 2019 Federal election, and Mining and Pastoral Region candidate Brenden Hatton was UAP candidate for Durack. Also associated with the party has been businessman Russell Sewell, who was the 2nd candidate on the UAP Senate ticket in 2019. The lead WA Senate candidate in 2019 was James McDonald, who was a PUP/UAP candidate at Queensland state elections in 2015 and 2020, and a Queensland UAP Senate candidate in 2016.
Government Gazette 22 December 2020
Applications open for comment until 25 January.
- Application to register – party name Great Australian Party, ballot paper abbreviation Great Australian Party, party secretary Ioanna Culleton. (Registration approved 29 January)
- Application to register – party name LEGALISE CANNABIS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY, ballot paper abbreviation Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party, party secretary James Brown. (Registration approved 29 January)
- Application to change party name – change Daylight Saving Party to Daylight Saving Party – The National Liberals, ballot paper abbreviation National Liberals, party secretary Brett Tucker. (Proposed name change rejected)