Freedom Party of Victoria

The Freedom Party of Victoria is a minor party registered in the Australian state of Victoria. Founded and registered in 2022,[6][7] the party's stated vision is: “A state whereby personal freedom is central, government power is limited, the rule of law applies equally to everyone and individual potential is limited only by ones' imagination. This will be delivered by a secure leadership who are focused on serving and governing, not managing and controlling.”[8]

Freedom Party of Victoria
AbbreviationFPV
LeaderMorgan Jonas
Deputy LeaderAidan McLindon
FoundedJune 2022
Registered29 September 2022
Ideology
Political positionRight-wing to far-right[4] [5]
Colors  Red   Blue
Slogan“Protecting Victorian Jobs – Homes – Families”
Legislative Assembly
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Legislative Council
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Website
freedomparty.net.au

The party emerged from the protests to the response from the state government during the COVID-19 pandemic,[1] and features many candidates that hold anti-vaccine, anti-lockdown and anti-mandate views. The party's leader is Morgan Jonas,[1] an anti-vaccine,[9] anti-lockdown[10] campaigner and former candidate of the United Australia Party (UAP).[9] The party's deputy leader is former Liberal National (LNP) Queensland politician Aidan McLindon.[6][11]

The party contested the 2022 Victorian state election, winning less than 2% of the statewide vote and winning no seats in either chamber of the Victorian Parliament.[12] Actor Damien Richardson ran for the party in 2022. The Party also contested the 2023 Narracan state supplementary election and 2023 Warrandyte state by-election.

In 2023, the party endorsed the No vote during the 2023 Australian Indigenous Voice referendum.[13]

References

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  1. ^ a b c Hales, Holly (30 September 2022). "Fringe political parties could prove an election disaster for Dan Andrews". News.com.au.
  2. ^ Dexter, Rachael (30 October 2022). "Is Melton going to break Labor's 'wall' in the west?". The Age.
  3. ^ Eddie, Rachel (28 July 2022). "The blocker v the whisperer: Prizefight for preferences before state poll". The Age.
  4. ^ Dexter, Rachael (28 October 2023). "Prominent 'freedom' protesters back Craig Kelly and Clive Palmer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  5. ^ Gardiner, Andrew (28 October 2023). "City Builders, the Pentecostal cult driving the Liberal Party to the far right and beyond". Michael West Media. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b Smethurst, Annika; Graham, Jackson (6 October 2022). "Micro-parties seeking upper house spots struggle with 'archaic' registration process". The Age.
  7. ^ "Currently registered parties". vec.vic.gov.au. Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). Archived from the original on 31 October 2022. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Freedom Party of Victoria – Vision". freedomparty.net.au. Archived from the original on 2022-11-02.
  9. ^ a b McLeod, Catie (7 March 2022). "Anti-vaxxer Morgan Jonas flags next move after quitting United Australia Party". News.com.au.
  10. ^ Smith, Rohan (29 April 2022). "Independent, anti-vaccine mandate candidate clashes with Melbourne radio host Neil Mitchell". News.com.au.
  11. ^ "Our 2022 Victorian Election Team". freedomparty.net.au. Archived from the original on 31 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Party Totals". abc.net.au. Retrieved 2023-10-11.
  13. ^ "What strange times we live in when a Prime Minister actively works to divide the country..." Freedom Party of Victoria. 17 April 2023. Archived from the original on 17 April 2023. Retrieved 19 April 2023 – via Facebook.