The success of minor players who were elected to the Senate has prompted aspiring politicians to set their sights on the Victorian election.
Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) information officer Paul Thornton-Smith says every week he’s getting a few inquiries about registering a party for the November poll.
“There’s certainly been more interest,” Mr Thornton-Smith said.
“It’s basically ever since the federal election.”
Ten political parties are registered in Victoria and the VEC has sent registration information kits to as many again since the September federal election.
Monash University politics lecturer Zareh Ghazarian said the wave of interest was not surprising given voting for Victoria’s Legislative Council is similar to the Senate.
“At the last election we had the DLP (Democratic Labour Party) win off about two per cent of the primary vote,” Dr Ghazarian said.
Debate around social issues, particularly abortion, is also likely to attract small parties, she said.
“I think they are lightning rods to these sorts of minor parties that pursue a particular agenda.”
The Rise Up Australia Party, which based its 2013 election campaign on an anti-immigration platform, is canvassing support from its members so it can register in Victoria.
Its website says it’s committed to fight against the state’s abortion laws.
Three parties which had not previously run in Tasmania signed on for the election held last week, bringing the number of parties from four to seven.
The South Australian Electoral Commission says three additional parties registered for its state poll, also held last Saturday, and there was interest from a lot more, but that many ran out of time because of a six month cut-off date.
“There was a lot of interest following the federal election, but the parties didn’t really get in time to contest the state election,” a SAEC spokesperson said.
Australian Christians and Country Alliance are already registered in Victoria and say they are aiming to have more candidates than they’ve ever run before, come November.
But despite Victorian Ricky Muir’s notorious win for the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party in the Senate, the group has not decided if it will contest at a state level.
A spokesman says they are “basically a federal party”.