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The Australian Christians is a political party in Australia that is described as social conservatist and Christian right. It was founded in 2011, and registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 15 December 2011.[1] The party's candidates are all committed Christians, "seeking to be a voice for Christian values".[2]

Australian Christians
LeaderRay Moran
PresidentDwight Randall
Founded2011; 8 years ago (2011)
Merged intoAustralian Conservatives (Victorian branch only)
Headquarters64 Canning Highway
Victoria Park, Western Australia, 6100
IdeologyConservatism
Social conservatism
Christian right
Political positionRight-wing
Website
https://australianchristians.com.au/

The party aims to represent Christian values, appealing to the 2.7 million voters who go to church at least once a month.[3] It was formed after the Victorian and Western Australian branches of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) voted to form a new party. The party has endorsed senate candidates in Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania and plans to expand into South Australia and Queensland.[4] The party has decided not to operate in New South Wales, where the CDP has one seat in the Legislative Council.[5]

The party contested the 2012 Melbourne state by-election, receiving about 1% of the vote. The party contested the 2013 Western Australian state election, receiving 1.95% of the vote.[6]

At the 2013 federal election, the party was involved in the 2013 Senate preference deals organised by Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance,[7][8] without any success.

At the 2016 federal election, Australian Christians fielded senate candidates for Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland and a total of eighteen candidates for seats in the House of Representatives across Victoria and Western Australia,[9] without any success.

In May 2017, Cory Bernardi, the leader of the Australian Conservatives, met the national and Victoria state leaders of the Australian Christians to discuss a merger between the two parties.[10] In September 2017, the Victoria state leadership of the Australian Christians agreed to merge the branch with the Conservatives, and Victorian's Australian Christians branch disbanded.[11][12] The Western Australian branch continues to function and is standing candidates in that state for both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the 2019 federal election.[13]

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  1. ^ "Application for registration approved - Australian Christians".
  2. ^ WE’RE A POLITICAL VOICE FOR CHRISTIAN VALUES
  3. ^ "About - Australian Christians".
  4. ^ "CDP - Australian Christians". Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  5. ^ "NSW - Australian Christians". Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  6. ^ "Legislative Council - Results by Party". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  7. ^ Bormann, Trevor (2013-09-05). "Bitter dispute erupts over Senate preferences in Queensland". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  8. ^ "Alliance of micro parties boosts odds for likes of One Nation or Shooters and Fishers gaining Senate spot through preferences". Daily Telegraph. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  9. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Cory Bernardi approaches Australian Christians for Family First-style merger". Crikey. 15 May 2017.
  11. ^ Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives about to get more than 500 new Christian members
  12. ^ "Australian Christians disbanding in Vic". News.com.au. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  13. ^ How to Vote for Australian Christians

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