Following problems with the recount of Senate ballots in Western Australia last election, the Court of Disputed Returns has ordered a fresh vote be held in the state. The Federal Executive of the Future Party has considered whether or not to run candidates. Although several groups have already approached us seeking preference deals and other cooperation, the Future Party has decided not to contest the election. The main reasons for this decision were:
- A lack of current activity among our WA membership, who would need to form the backbone of any campaign on the ground.
- The difficulty of finding, vetting and pre-selecting candidates within the given time frame.
- The diversion of time, money and attention from our efforts: building up the party’s grass roots presence nationally; campaigning on critical federal issues, such as the NBN and research funding cuts; and preparing for the upcoming NSW state election.
- The large number of small parties likely to contest the election, adding to the difficulty of success, and requiring an emphasis on tactical preference negotiations over engaging with the electorate on policy.
If you would like to help organise our WA branch to put us in a position to contest seats there in the next federal election, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org