FIN will be a political party with just one objective – the establishment of an adequately funded, staffed and empowered Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Corruption has long been a feature of Australian politics and recent events have magnified both risk and impact.
A federal ICAC might not eradicate corruption in Australian politics, but it could put a fair-sized dent in it.
Once established, FIN will organise to stand candidates for the Upper House including the next half-senate election which can be held as early as 7 August 2021 but must be held by 30 June 2022.
The establishment of an AEC-approved political party, a party with its name and logo above-the-line on the Senate ballot paper, requires 500 members, all of whom must be on the electoral roll.
FIN members will choose candidates to take on the issues.
We hope you will join us.
14 May 2021
The movement to form the political party, Federal ICAC Now has suffered an irritating, but not terminal, setback.
The AEC has advised us that if we do not vary our application they will not be able to approve it.
We are certainly going to do this.
Our original application failed to meet the membership threshold by the thinnest margin possible, in fact it came down to one person.
It went like this –
1. We submitted the names of and details of 509 persons who joined FIN via our on-line form.
As noted on this form, for a party to be formed at least 500 members must be on the electoral roll who are not relied upon by another party for its membership.
Of the 509, the AEC was unable to match one to the electoral roll, leaving 508 matched to the roll.
The AEC then identified a further three members as possibly supporting the registration of another party.
2. That left 505 valid members, still in excess of the 500 required.
As the next step in the process, the AEC conducts a membership test to ensure declared members are actually members.
It does this by contacting a random sample of the submitted members. The sample size is based on the number of names submitted. Depending on the sample size a very small failure rate is permitted.
In our case, with 505 names, the sample size was 26 with just one denial permitted.
Of the 26 sampled, 24 confirmed their membership but two people denied they were members of Federal ICAC Now.
Accordingly, the AEC was unable to approve our application.
As you can see, by the thinnest of margins.
But we are going to take the AEC up on its offer and resubmit an amended application.
24 Mar 2021:
The Australian Electoral Commission's registration of Federal ICAC Now as a political party is nearly complete.
But we're not quite there yet!
We have received the following advice from the AEC –
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) would like to advise you that it has completed steps 1 to 6 of the membership testing process being conducted on the membership list provided to the AEC by Federal ICAC Now (the Party) on 20 October 2020.
The AEC is now in a position to contact a random sample of members (steps 7 to 9 of the membership testing process*) and will commence contacting members of the Party from Wednesday 24 March 2021, unless advised by the Party to commence earlier.
*The membership testing process is outlined on page 25 of the Party Registration Guide https://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/Party_Registration/guide/files/party-registration-guide.pdf
In FIN’s case, a random sample of 32 members will be contacted. Of these, a maximum of two can deny being members or not be able to be contacted.*
Any more than two and the process will take a giant leap backwards.
So we ask you to be aware the AEC may try to contact you and, if you are contacted, to please respond positively within the AEC timeframe.
Thanks for your support.
We're getting close!
20 Jan 2020:
In late October 2020, the AEC advised applications for the registration of new political parties, which apparently takes about 12 weeks, would be put on hold until the Groom by-election was fully complete. In mid-December 2020, the AEC advised the Groom writs had been returned and accordingly the processing of FIN’s application had been resumed, accordingly we expect to hear from the AEC around the end of February/early March.
17 Dec 2020:
We have some good news! The AEC have written to advise the writs for the Groom by-election have been returned and, accordingly, the processing of FIN’s party registration has recommenced. This process apparently involves checking a sample members to ensure they are valid electors including, we understand, the possibility of calling or writing to members. It’s not clear how long the process takes, but we expect approval or request for further member details within the next 12 weeks.
Until then, Season’s Greetings and let's hope it’s a great New Year!
19 Oct 2020:
Federal ICAC Now (FIN) has lodged its application with the Australian Electoral Commission for registration as a political party.
Your support made this possible. Thank you to all members for your patience.
Because AEC offices across the country are closed, each of the 510 members’ details submitted with the application needed to be verified using the AEC’s online enrolment checker, a more mystifying and time-consuming exercise than anticipated.
A particular thank you to all those members who responded to the bothering for further details, in some cases calling the AEC themselves to sort it out.
The AEC advise the registration approval process takes around 12 weeks to complete if things go smoothly, maybe longer if the online vetting was less than perfect and some re-checking needs to be done.
So the formal registration of FIN is expected early to mid-January 2021!
There is a strong groundswell building across Australia for the creation a Federal ICAC, but more will be needed to make it actually happen. FIN will pile more pressure on where it counts – at the ballot box.
Members will be kept abreast of all developments and volunteers should expect a call in the next month or so.
Proposed membership cost
Membership will be free until the date FIN is recognised by the AEC as a political party.
A modest membership fee will be charged to members who join after this date.
Donations will also be sought.
Who started this?
The formation of Federal ICAC Now (FIN) is being facilitated by Independent Australia (independentaustralia.net).
Independent Australia is a progressive journal focusing on politics, democracy, the environment, Australian history and Australian identity. It contains news and opinion from Australia and around the world.
Independent Australia (IA) is strictly non-partisan will have no direct involvement with or control over FIN.
IA will provide administrative support to FIN during the party formation period.
Once the party gains AEC recognition and has some funding capabilities members will decide ongoing administrative arrangements by direct vote.
FIN convenor until AEC recognition will be IA investigations editor Ross Jones.
Party positions subsequent to AEC recognition will be decided by member vote.