by Angela Priestley, editor of The Power Index|
Aug 18, 2011 1:10PM |EMAIL|PRINT
The man responsible for ending the possibility of Bob Katter abbreviating his Katter’s Australian Party name to “Australian Party” is David Doe, a Melbourne-based video-game tester who has been highly active in the video games censorship debate.
And he firmly believes that if you engage in politics, you can single-handedly make an impact on its shape.
“You just have to be political engaged if there’s something you feel strongly about, go and do something about it,” he told The Power Index this morning.
Now, he’s got the proof to show that’s the case — at least when it comes to how political parties can abbreviate their names. Doe’s sole objection to Katter’s party name resulted in the AEC rejecting Katter’s application for the party on the grounds that it is too similar to the name, abbreviation or acronym of the name(s) of other political parties.
“I thought the use of the term the Australian Party was potentially misleading,” explains Doe. “When somebody might want to vote for the Australian Democrats, or the Australian Labor Party or some other party, they could end up voting for it instead … I’m surprised I was the only objector.”