Federal Election 2019: Meet Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Summary

Website: https://www.justiceparty.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justiceparty.com.au/
Slogans:
Unfinished Business
It’s Just Common Sense!
Themes: Common sense.  Being tough on crime.  Stricter bail and parole laws.  Stopping cruelty to animals.  Stopping violence against women.  A public register for child sex offenders.
Electorate:
Upper House: VIC
Lower House: Casey, Chisolm, Corangamite, Deakin, Dunkley, Indi, La Trobe, McEwan
Preferences: Hinch’s ticket goes Small Business Party, Australian Democrats, Australian Greens, Labor, Liberal and Animal Justice Party.  It’s a centre to left ticket, I’d say – he’s avoiding the extremists (and there are a lot of them to avoid), and making sure his votes go somewhere leftish, but nowhere too weird.
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Meet the Small Parties: Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

It’s time once again for us to consider the delightful smorgasbord of unfortunate opinions, charming idealism, delicious eccentricity, lateral thinking, and, occasionally, surprisingly good policy that is the tiny parties running for election in the Australian Senate.  (And, lest that sentence really sounds far too sarcastic, I should point out that it’s rare to find a tiny party that has no good ideas at all.  Even the most racist, chauvinistic and mildly unhinged parties will generally have one or two areas in which they display good sense, and sometimes even brilliance.  One day, I should start a party that compiles all the weird good bits from tiny parties’ policies…)

To kick off this joyous carnival of political diversity, we have none other than Derryn Hinch, and his brand new party, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party.

Take a moment to appreciate the name of this party.

And now, take a moment to consider the level of maturity that is displayed daily for our delectation by Members of Parliament during question time.

I think we can all agree that Derryn Hinch, with his characteristic cry of ‘Shame, shame, shame’ would be an ornament to this august body.  Personally, I’d like to see him as speaker.

(Incidentally, I am delighted to note that Hinch himself is running in Victoria, which means I could actually vote for him and do my bit to make this vision to come true…)

But let us set aside, for a moment, this frivolity, and have a look at what Hinch’s party wants us to know about itself and what it represents.

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