Topic archives: minor parties

Victory declared in war on third parties

March 19, 2018 5

Pundits have declared victory in the war on third parties. But if they go home, they'll find the same challenge returning again to haunt politics.

How to make political party funding pass the pub test

November 1, 2016 1

How do we break the cycle of controversy over how our politicians spend money on themselves?

Rogues, whackjobs and NQR (not quite racist): meet your minor parties

June 24, 2016 6

Who said Australia was homogeneous? From gods and guns to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, you have a plethora of options for your Senate ballot.

Poll Bludger: Nick Xenophon, kingmaker

June 21, 2016 4

Labor and the Libs are both quaking in their boots in the face of unprecedented polling for minor parties (except the Greens). And the biggest bogeyman of all is Nick.

Rundle: how the minors can hijack Parliament and bring on the revolution

June 17, 2016 16

We are not going to get a Syriza. But we have the Nick Xenophon Team and other minor parties -- and it's their time to hang the Parliament and get what they want.

Poll Bludger: minor parties cop a Canning

September 21, 2015 3

The Greens and minor parties were the real losers at the Canning byelection, which sent Andrew Hastie to Canberra.

Poll Bludger: the mad mish-mash of Qld’s minor parties

Poll Bludger: the mad mish-mash of Qld’s minor parties

January 16, 2015 8

Disaffected voters in regional Queensland will be spoiled for choice this election with a rabid PUP, resurgent One Nation and an increasingly worried Katter.

Nats down, Greens up — Victoria’s minors ride the pendulum

Nats down, Greens up — Victoria’s minors ride the pendulum

December 1, 2014 8

The Greens got almost twice the number of votes as the Nationals in the Victorian election -- and yet they have at best three seats to the Nats' seven.

The ‘preference whisperer’ issues a challenge

October 10, 2014 1

Crikey readers have their say on the Victorian state election, why we don't know anything about Islam, and retina scans at airports.

Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

September 9, 2013 40

Almost a quarter of Australians voted for small parties in the Senate this time around, and the bizarre flow of preferences has elected very strange micro-parties. Here's the state of play.

Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

September 6, 2013 8

Plenty of people have dismissed the Palmer United Party as a rich man's ego trip, but its potential for disruption shouldn't be underestimated.

Revealed: the libertarian Right’s micro-party links

Revealed: the libertarian Right’s micro-party links

August 22, 2013 14

Are right-wing micro-parties merely dummies to funnel votes to each other? Crikey catches them out breaching electoral laws. Now the AEC is investigating.

Queanbeyan’s own 007

August 7, 2013

Crikey readers have their say on Eden-Monaro's famous residents, the importance of minor parties and after-school care.

From nuts to Bolt (lovers), the small parties seeking your vote

From nuts to Bolt (lovers), the small parties seeking your vote

June 11, 2013 9

WikiLeaks. Bullet trains. Marijuana. Aboriginal sovereignty. Who said this is a two-party system? Freelance writer David Donaldson takes a look at some of the smaller parties vying for your vote.

30 years of elections in 5 charts

30 years of elections in 5 charts

January 25, 2010

The primary vote of both the Labor Party and the Coalition have been, on average, declining since 1977... but that's only part of the story, reports Possum Comitatus.

How to become a federal MP: the minor parties

How to become a federal MP: the minor parties

October 28, 2009 6

Just what does it take to ascend to the lofty heights of federal parliament in a minor party? It seems that compared to the factionally obsessed Libs and Labor, the preselection process is a reasonably democratic one.

Labor votes go to minor parties

May 5, 2009

Minor parties gain support, ETS debate shows Labor cannot govern alone, ice is growing and home construction on the rise.

Finally some smart politics on IR from the Liberals

December 20, 2007 3

WorkChoices is dead. Brendan Nelson has said it clearly. There’s no room for nuance here. Now, the Liberals might have a chance to turn IR to their advantage, writes Christian Kerr.

Nice Newspoll, shame about the rates

November 6, 2007 5

Today we have the best Newspoll for the government since November, even if it’s only due to a bit of minor party preference noise, but as far as the image goes – a good poll is a good poll is a good poll, writes Possum Comitatus.

Gains around the fringes for Greens and Democrats

June 25, 2007

While the Labor Party has sensibly followed the safe course of basically agreeing with Prime Minister John Howard on the need for immediate and decisive action in the Northern Territory to try and stop child abuse, Greens and Democrats have equally wisely chosen to quickly make their opposition to the proposals known.