‘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.