Australian People's Party
The Australian People's Party is a registered political party in Australia. It was registered by the Australian Electoral Commission in March 2017. It was formed in 2014 by former lawyer and teacher Gabriel Harfouche. The party leader is Bruno Strangio. The party recruited enough members to gain registration in March 2017. The party says its aim is to improve standards of living and rights for all Australians through commonsense policies. The party describes itself as a centrist party.
In 2019 the Australian People's Party fielded 2 senate candidates for New South Wales. In 2017 the Australian People's Party stood a candidate for the by-election of the Division of New England, and again in the 2018 Batman by-election.
The party ran candidates in all five of the federal by-elections occurring on 28 July 2018, putting the Australian Labor Party last on their how-to-vote cards in each seat except for Mayo where previous incumbent Centre Alliance's Rebekha Sharkie was placed last. The party ran a candidate in the 16-candidate 2018 Wentworth by-election. All six candidates received the lowest number of first preference votes in their respective by-elections.
There have been several previous entities with the same name, including a party from Condobolin, New South Wales in 1917, a party contesting the Division of Martin in 1929, and a party contesting the Western Australian state seat of Joondalup in 1996.
- "Notice under s.133(1A) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 - Australian People's Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Australian Peoples Party". Australian People's Party. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Policies: australianpeoplesparty.com
- July 2018 federal by-elections: Antony Green ABC
- "Wentworth By-election 2018 results". Australian Electoral Commission. 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
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- Results for the 1929 Federal election in the Division of Martin published by Adam Carr
- Australian Parliamentary Library, Background Paper 15 of 1996-97 on the West Australian elections of 1996