Sydney meeting and nominations open for the Science Party

With the election coming up soon (as early as the 2nd of July 2016), we need to settle on who will be representing the Science Party at the federal election. We will be running for both the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

The Science Party has a strong platform and we believe that we will be competitive in the upcoming federal election. Our principles are a very clear indication of what we stand for, and we will run on core ideals innovation, education and economic reform. 

Nominating

If you're interested in running as a candidate for the Science Party, please read the information below and email nominations@scienceparty.org.au by 5PM Tuesday 5th April 2016 indicating that you would like to run so that we can involve you in the selection process.

Meeting

We're also holding a meeting in Sydney and online at 6:30PM on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 to help plan for the election.  

 

Nomination details

Where will the Science Party be running?
We will be running in any location where there is demonstrated interest and capacity to run.

What are candidates expected to do?

  • Represent the Science Party policy accurately
  • Talk to the media
  • Hand flyers out on election day
  • Help manage volunteers in your area
  • Talk to people in your electorate
  • Attend candidates forums
  • Help fundraise for your nomination costs
  • Interact regularly on social media

How will the Science Party support its candidates?

  • Support on social media (Likes, Retweets, etc)
  • Included in any relevant print/marketing campaigns for the election
  • Will hold candidate session to help you manage media and organise volunteers
  • Will provide individual campaign fundraising pages on our website for each candidate.
  • Provide campaign support through campaign manager
  • Support on Election day by organising volunteers for handing out flyers

Email nominations@scienceparty.org.au by 5PM Tuesday 5th April 2016 if you would like to run as a Science Party candidate so that we can involve you in the selection process. 

How does the nomination selection work?

House of Representatives

Members are selected by The Executive in cases where less than a critical “threshold group of members” reside. The constitution defines a “threshold group of members” as 5% of Party members or 100 Party members, whichever is smaller, with a minimum of 5 people. As we have around 950 members, the threshold group is currently 48 people. In cases where more than a critical number of members reside within an electorate, if more than one individual decides to run, an election of members in the area must be held.

Senate

Nominations will be accepted in the form of tickets of at least two members. If you are interested for running for the senate but do not have other ticket members, we can help connect you to other members to form a ticket. If more than 2 tickets stand in a state, an election of those tickets will occur according to Schedule H.

How much will it cost?

It costs $2,000 per candidate for nominations in the Senate, and $1,000 for nominations in the House of Representatives. Although you are not expected to pay for the nomination for yourself, being able to raise enough funds to get you nominated shows your commitment to the cause and your ability to attract votes. As stated above, we will help you with promotion, help you create a nomination deposit goal page and set up appropriate social media.