We stand for:
- Country People.
- Accountable Local Government.
- Small business and manufacturing
- Access to public land for recreation
- Fair water rights
- Fair trade
- Old school values
- We care about regional and rural Australia, the towns, small businesses, local communities and volunteers that are all too often forgotten by those in Government – people who often have no clue as how those who work the land and live in country areas are doing it tough, how small country businesses and companies are struggling and how country communities are put at risk as funding for basic services are cut.
- We care about the lack of investment in infrastructure in our country towns and regional centres that continues to decline, resulting in our diminishing quality of life and that of our children.
- We care about our children and their futures including their access to proper education, especially in light of education cuts to our schools and tertiary education providers.
- We care about those seniors in our society who have already given so much and to date have received so little in return, we believe our “Older Generations” deserve better.
- We care about farmers and life on the land, protecting food production ensuring food security.
- We care about fair water entitlements and supply to ensure the reliable supply of life giving water for food production.
- We care about our right to live and work in our communities and to pursue our chosen pastimes in recreation and outdoor sports and activities.
- We believe in affordable and accessible health services for all Australians regardless of where people live.
- We care about the lack of Incentive from any Governments to help and encourage those on the land.
Australian Country Party is committed to the representation and preservation of the rights and interests of those who live in, work in, or enjoy, rural, regional and urban communities. We will not pander to economic and social agendas that have paralysed the rural community;
We believe in equality of access to education, transportation, communication and health care for all communities;
We believe in “Old School Values” , common sense, fairness, equality and a fair go for all;
We support freedom of access to the public lands for the responsible pursuit of legitimate employment and recreational activities;
We believe that the land management policies must be guided by and funded to meet the needs of the communities that live adjacent to public land or who access it for their recreation or livelihood;
We respect our environment and believe in developing a sustainable manageable future, without sacrificing economic prosperity and our rights and freedoms in the process;
We believe in your best interests first, before that of multinational corporations.
The Australian Country Party is a value based party representing all communities. The objectives and values of the Party are set out below:
Maintain democracy, liberty and personal responsibility;
Increase the well-being of the whole of the population of rural and regional communities;
Ensure the viability of communities throughout Australia.
Ensure access to services and infrastructure by regional Australians that are of a comparable quality and price to those provided in metropolitan areas;
Promote economic development in rural and regional Australia and the decentralisation of state and federal government bureaucracies;
Develop the quality of life and ensure the continuation of recreational, cultural and social activities traditionally enjoyed in rural Australia;
Ensure the maintenance of an appropriate balance between economic development and a healthy and sustainable environment;
Ensure that policies involving environmental issues are based on verifiable facts, rigorous scientific inquiry and field visits to ascertain community views;
Ensure effective representation and promotion of the traditional values, culture, views and aspirations of Australian communities;
Ensure that people who represent Australian Country Party give primary priority to the interests of their constituents;
Co-operate with organisations and individuals with comparable aims to the party;
Endorse candidates to contest state and federal elections; and
Do such things as are necessary to achieve the objects of the party
‘Country Alliance’ was formed out of concerns among various interest groups.
A series of meetings in the first half of 2004 led to a commitment to proceed with the formation of Country Alliance. We obtained registration in Victoria in 2005 and contested the 2006 and 2010 Victorian state elections in three and then four of the eight upper house regions.
At the 2010 Victoria election, we averaged over 4% in both the upper and lower houses and came within 3% of a quota from getting a candidate elected in the Northern Victoria Region.
The party is now registered for federal elections.
In 2014 the Victorian Executive of Katter’s Australian Party voted to merge with Country Alliance to form ‘Australian Country Alliance’ , an independent party with broader policies that stand for all Victorians without forgetting it’s rural and regional roots.
At the November 2014 Victorian election we ran a record 52 candidates all up with 9 lowerhouse candidates achieving on or over 4% with two not quite reaching 10% of the vote. Robert Danieli was leading in the results for Northern Victoria in the Legislative Council only to be beaten by labor in the last 10% of preference distribution.
In 2015 both the Victorian Electoral Commission and the Australian Electoral Commission approved the party name change to Australian Country Party.
At the 2015 Victorian By-elections in South West Coast and Polworth the ‘Australian Country Party’ received an impressive 10.34% of the primary vote in South West Coast and a modest 5.70% in Polworth.