In the continuing notices of political parties registering their new party logos to be featured on senate ballot papers, today’s papers carry the logos of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and the HEMP Party. Hinch’s logo doesn’t feature his face, like that of Ricky Muir’s Motoring Enthusiast Party, just the words “HINCH JUSTICE”, which conjures vision of scores settled with baseball bats in dark alleys. Of course Hinch is no stranger to the justice system, spending stints in prison and under house arrest for his campaign against suppression orders for child sex offenders. One tipster asked if this would disqualify Hinch from the race, but under Commonwealth law, Hinch is free to run as a candidate as he is not currently serving or awaiting a sentence for a crime that is punishable by a year or more in prison.
The HEMP party may face objections over its logo, as it is unsurprisingly similar to the Drug Law Reform Party, which has similar policies and a similar logo.