The party’s over. The Australian Electoral Commission’s list of parties that it is considering deregistering is getting quite long, which isn’t too surprising now that we are almost two years on from the 2013 election (yes, almost two years, can you believe it?), which had a plethora of minor issue parties to take up the ballot paper. Eleven parties are currently facing the axe from the AEC, including a few that came close to getting elected last time. The Australian Sports Party was added to the list this month, and when we tried to contact them to find out if they’d fight the ban, their website didn’t have any reference to sport anymore — or at least we think it didn’t, it was all in Japanese, and it seems to be about getting loans through loan companies. Luckily for people who like added sport in their politics, the Glenn Lazarus Team was officially registered today. Other minor parties on the way out include the Coke in the Bubblers Party, the Voluntary Euthanasia Party and the Wikileaks Party. We couldn’t get official word from anyone at the Wikileaks Party on whether they planned on fighting to stay registered, but one insider was resigned to the party’s demise, saying that the controversy over the party’s preference flows at the last election lost them an opportunity to get elected. For those who were hoping we may have seen peak micro-party already, it doesn’t look like it — the Australians Against Paedophiles Party and the Australian Liberty Alliance applied for party status last month.

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