Our role in the 2016 election and beyond

The Australian Protectionist Party has opted not to run candidates as an autonomous political party in the 2016 federal election. This decision is in light of our understanding of the broader political landscape in patriotic politics, and of our own current situation.

Australian nationalism is in a transformative process. Public concern about such matters as the loss of Australian assets to foreign interests, the self-evident failure of Multiculturalism, and the Islamic terrorism threat have galvanised many patriotic-minded Australians in seeing the desperate need for change from Australia’s current political direction.

These concerns have seen the birth of a plethora of new patriotic movements and political parties, in addition to those, like the Australian Protectionist Party, that already exist. With this crowded field, obviously, not all of these parties can succeed electorally, and it remains to be seen what develops with the various groups. Nationalism in Australia is like nationalism in a lot of other European-based countries – it frequently sees different agendas and/or egos at play, and disillusionments and momentum shifts within the movement.

Movements that may have a little momentum today may lose that momentum tomorrow. Motivated individuals who think they can “start their own party” from scratch with a few compliant friends but limited finances, soon find out that building a brand new political party in Australia is a long, hard slog. The loss of, or recruitment of key individuals can have a telling impact on a group’s fortunes. A realistic and big-picture approach is required.

None of the nationalistic parties are likely to have much electoral impact in 2016. What really matters is what happens beyond 2016.

Australian nationalism cannot succeed without cooperation between nationalist groups, and without pragmatic, flexible, non-egotistical people leading the movement.

The Australian Protectionist Party is much involved in discussions with other like-minded groups, and we welcome further discussion with a view to cooperating and possibly merging. We believe we offer an experienced, pragmatic, and united leadership team, and we are absolutely confident that we provide for Australian nationalism the right values, ideology, and policies, with a broad understanding of the many key issues facing Australia in the 21st century.

We offer a comprehensive range of policies, and none of our policies are reactionary; rather they are given much thought. We aim for quality and credibility, not sensationalism, as we seek to provide Australia with genuine viable alternatives to the current disastrous political course. We take our inspiration and values from the earliest Australian Protectionists, our founding fathers like Barton and Deakin. We believe we offer a lot to any proposed alliance of nationalists.

With limited candidates and limited funds available, we have opted not to contest the 2016 election, but rather to save our resources and put our focus on the future. In the meantime, we will continue to campaign on many issues, publish quality website articles, and actively seek party members and donations, whilst keeping our supporters engaged via social media and in other ways.

As for the 2016 election, we will offer vote recommendations, and cooperate with other like-minded parties where we deem it appropriate and viable to do so.



  2. Given the circumstances described above, opting out of this election is the only sensible thing to do. With limited funds and candidates, running in this poll would only be throwing good resources after bad. And what’s more, we don’t know how the new Senate voting system’s going to pan out.

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