When the name for Vote Planet’s new federally registered entity FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency went up on the AEC’s website this week, there was a minor Twitter flurry.
Including this one from the election MC Himself!
And this personal fave.
This four-party salad (now five!*) was forced on Vote Planet and other FUSION parties by the ironically named "Party Integrity Bill" passed by LNP, ALP, One Nation. Vladimir Putin is taking notes on this Bill.
Targeting micro and minor parties, the Bill tripled party membership requirements for registered political parties without an MP. And the Bill wasn’t grandfathered in, giving only three months to produce an additional 1000 members above an beyond their existing 500 or get de-registered. Almost all affected parties have scrambled into mergers, or have or will be deregistered.
Vote Planet's naming criteria for the new party was that it had the words "Climate Emergency". Perhaps, we should have had more criteria. However, a party name has to not only be noticeable on the ballot but also be recognisable to the members from the different parties when the AEC calls to confirm their membership in the scrambled re-registration process. (But AEC is now checking the name Climate Emergency Action Alliance: Vote Planet with our combined members - long story).
When you're a new minor party, even someone making fun of your name is welcome so please keep it coming.
The minor parties that formed FUSION each have a policy specialties that create FUSION's broader platform (climate emergency; evidence-driven advancement; secular humanism; freedom of information, and individual privacy and rights) and that help make us more than the sum of our parts.
We dream of a large healthy crossbench, populated by independents and other progressive minor parties that can take policymaking back from lobbyists and closed party-room deals and return it to parliament. Please help us realise this at the 2022 election.
*FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency has been recently joined by registered ACT party, Australian Climate Justice.
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