Australian Christians

The Australian Christians is a political party in Australia that is described as social conservatist and Christian right. It was founded in 2011, and registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 15 December 2011.[1] The party's candidates are all committed Christians, "seeking to be a voice for Christian values".[2]

Australian Christians
LeaderRay Moran
PresidentDwight Randall
Founded2011 (2011)
Merged intoAustralian Conservatives (Victorian branch only)
Headquarters64 Canning Highway
Victoria Park, Western Australia, 6100
Social conservatism
Christian right
Political positionRight-wing

The party aims to represent Christian values, appealing to the 2.7 million voters who go to church at least once a month.[3] It was formed after the Victorian and Western Australian branches of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) voted to form a new party. The party has endorsed senate candidates in Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania and plans to expand into South Australia and Queensland.[4] The party has decided not to operate in New South Wales, where the CDP has one seat in the Legislative Council.[5]

The party contested the 2012 Melbourne state by-election, receiving about 1% of the vote. The party contested the 2013 Western Australian state election, receiving 1.95% of the vote.[6]

At the 2013 federal election, the party was involved in the 2013 Senate preference deals organised by Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance,[7][8] without any success.

At the 2016 federal election, Australian Christians fielded senate candidates for Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland and a total of eighteen candidates for seats in the House of Representatives across Victoria and Western Australia,[9] without any success.

In May 2017, Cory Bernardi, the leader of the Australian Conservatives, met the national and Victoria state leaders of the Australian Christians to discuss a merger between the two parties.[10] In September 2017, the Victoria state leadership of the Australian Christians agreed to merge the branch with the Conservatives, and Victorian's Australian Christians branch disbanded.[11][12] The Western Australian branch continues to function and is standing candidates in that state for both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the 2019 federal election.[13]

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