Fusion Party (Australia)

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FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency
PresidentAndrea Leong[1]
SecretaryRoger Whatling
Merger ofScience Party
Pirate Party Australia
Secular Party of Australia
Vote Planet
Climate Change Justice
Membership (2021)>1,500
IdeologyEnvironmentalism
Secular humanism
Techno-progressivism
Colours Bluebell
Aquamarine
Vivid mulberry
Website
www.fusionparty.org.au

FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency, commonly known as Fusion Party Australia or Fusion, is a political party in Australia[2] created by the merging of the Science Party, Pirate Party, Secular Party, Vote Planet, and Climate Change Justice Party.

Formation[edit]

The party was formed in 2022 following the passing of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill 2021 to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.[3] The effects of the legislation included increasing the minimum membership requirement for non-parliamentary parties from 500 to 1,500 unique members and new party naming rules, in order to "[ensure] there exists a genuine base of community support for political parties and reduce the risk of voter confusion".[4]

Climate Emergency Action Alliance: Vote Planet remained registered for federal elections and undertook a name change to FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency in March 2022.[5] In the course of the amalgamation, the Science Party and Secular Party were deregistered in January 2022 by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).[6] The Pirate Party was deregistered in April 2021.

Fusion has a federated structure, with the merging former parties retaining a degree of autonomy as formal branches.[7]

Ideology[edit]

It describes itself as "A party determined to secure a safe climate and environment, a humanist society, and free culture, held together by science".[8] The party supports the separation of church and state referring to its policy as secular humanism. It supports removing religious prayers, rituals, and bias from government and public institutions and their documentation, and abolishing blasphemy laws.[9] It supports a transparent government, such as disclosure of political donations above $1000, open access to advice behind policy decisions and removal of restrictions of speech on public servants. It also defines itself as anti-corruption and wants to create an anti-corruption commission and implement protections for whistleblowers and activists.[10] The party also wants to enshrine network neutrality and freedom of expression in law, supports freedom of speech, the creation of a constitutional bill of rights and removing bans on voluntary euthanasia to decriminalise physician-assisted dying.[11][12]

Member parties[edit]

Party Leader Ideology
Science Party
Andrea Leong Techno-progressivism
Pirate Party Australia Miles Whiticker Pirate politics
Secular Party of Australia John Perkins Secular liberalism
Climate Emergency Action Alliance: Vote Planet Environmentalism
Climate Change Justice Party Petar Johnson Climate justice

Electoral results[edit]

The Fusion Party fielded Senate candidates in the 2022 federal election in every mainland state, polling a national total of 51,676 votes (0.34%).[13] The party also ran candidates in nine lower-house seats, with their best lower-house result being 2.16% of primary votes in the Division of Dobell.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Party". Fusion Party Australia.
  2. ^ "Our Party". Fusion Party. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill 2021". Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  4. ^ "HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BILLS Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill 2021 Second Reading SPEECH Thursday, 12 August 2021". Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Party registration decisions and changes". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Party registration decisions and changes". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Fusion Party Constitution". Fusion Party Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Our Party". fusionparty.org.au. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Secular Humanism". fusionparty.org.au. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Ethical Governance". fusionparty.org.au. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Civil + Digital Liberties". fusionparty.org.au. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Individual Freedoms". fusionparty.org.au. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  13. ^ "State and territory results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  14. ^ Dobell, NSW, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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