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.
November 1, 2016 1
How do we break the cycle of controversy over how our politicians spend money on themselves?
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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2015 3
The Greens and minor parties were the real losers at the Canning byelection, which sent Andrew Hastie to Canberra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2013
Crikey readers have their say on Eden-Monaro's famous residents, the importance of minor parties and after-school care.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2009
Minor parties gain support, ETS debate shows Labor cannot govern alone, ice is growing and home construction on the rise.
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.
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.
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.