I was listening to the new force in Australian politics on the radio before, namely the Australian Sport Party!
This is an apolitical party that is mainly interested in raising sporting participation rates. A noble ideal in this age of obesity but should this really be a member of the 'micro alliance' that will be shaping policy in Australia?
No democratic system is perfect, but the ASP is likely to receive a senate seat (in WA) with less than 0.25% of the vote.
Other likely members of the Alliance:
1. Family First (SA)
2. Nick Xenophon (SA)
3. The Motorist Party (Vic)
4. PUP x2.
5. The Liberal Democrats (NSW)
Good lords, this will be like herding cats!
The Lib/Dems seem to be in power as they were listed first above the line on the Senate ballot in NSW. As for the rest, it is the result of a plethora of 'back door' preference deals.
Double dissolution on the cards?
PS, thanks to Queensland, the likely third force in Australian politics will be Clive Palmer .... ha ha.
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Whoops, did not realise there was already a 'micro party' thread .... pls move if deemed appropriate.
Very important topic though and this result hopefully yields a movement to reform the way we elect our Senate!