Politics can be a rewarding yet a challenging profession, as an elected official you potentially have the power to make a difference in your community. Being a politician, you will need to combine lots of hard work with smart choices that will be of benefit to your community. The importance of running a successful campaign for office is so that you end up in a position of influence and more importantly are able to represent voters on a local or national level.
Are you eligible to be a candidate?
Under Section 44 - There are five categories in section 44 that set out who can be a candidate for the federal parliament and — more importantly — who can't.
1. Dual Citizenship
Put simply, section 44(1) of the constitution says someone can't be a dual national and sit in parliament.
If you or one of your parents were born for example in the UK, by default you could be a dual citizen, meaning a citizen of the UK and Australia. There are steps you can take to denounce your citizenship of another country although each country may require different steps. If you have taken the steps to denounce your citizenship, we will need proof of documentation that this has been completed.
2. Office of profit under the crown
Prospective politicians cannot hold "an office of profit under the crown" and be elected to parliament, under section 44(4) of the constitution.
In other words, public servants have to quit their jobs to run for office.
Section 44(3) of the constitution bans people declared bankrupt or insolvent from holding office.
4. Criminal record
Anyone with a criminal conviction carrying a jail term of one year or more and cannot be elected to parliament, under section 44(2) of the constitution.
5. Direct or indirect financial interest
Section 44(5) of the constitution bans politicians from benefitting financially from their role, either directly or indirectly.
That could mean they have a company that gets money through government contracts.
What costs are involved?
Love Australia Or Leave Party have kept the costs down as much as we can. However, to run a successful campaign you will need to spend some money to get you known in your electorate or State if you are running on a Senate ticket or wishing to stand for House of Representatives (Lower House).
We have on board an Australian printing company that charges us less than half the price of other companies for corflutes (signs) and ‘How To Vote’ cards.
Nomination fees to be paid to the AEC vary depending on if it is a State or Federal Election. The AEC for the 2019 Federal election increased the fees by 100 % to run for a Lower House seat known as House of Representatives. Fees increased from $1,000 to $2,000 the same cost as running on a Senate ticket.
State election nomination fees are considerably lower and can cost as little as $250 to run, depending on the State or territory.
What can you expect from Love Australia or Leave Party to assist you in your campaign?
Love Australia or Leave party will support you every step of the way. We have experienced committee members and members of the party who have an array of skills that will assist you throughout your campaign. We can help with media releases, graphic art, social media, media training for Q & A forums, media interviews, radio interviews, television and print media. You will have 24/7 assistance on call whenever you need it.
Do you have the following skills?
Are you a people person?
Do you have integrity?
Are you honest?
Are you passionate?
Do you have good listening skills?
Are you self-motivated?
Are you a quick learner?
Are you loyal?
Do you have a reasonable understanding of Australian politics?
If you think you have what it takes to stand up and make a difference, then apply today!
If you believe in our values and policies and want to better Australia so that we can leave behind a legacy that benefits all Australians, a legacy we can be proud of, for the sake of our country, our children and future generations of children – Then we want you!
“While we are aware of the existing problems in our country, it is up to us to fix them, so that our children and their children won’t have to” - Kim Vuga
Candidate Application Form
After all that, if you still think you have what it takes to be a candidate, just download the Candidate Application Form here, fill it in and then post to PO Box 10113, Rasmussen, QLD 4815 or open the digital version, fill in the form, save and attach to an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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