Australian Workers Party

The Australian Workers Party (AWP) is an Australian political party which registered with the Australian Electoral Commission in February 2017[1].

Australian Workers Party
AbbreviationAWP
PresidentPeter Bell
SecretaryMark Ptolemy
FoundedFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
IdeologyModern Monetary Theory
Social democracy
Political positionCentre-left to left-wing
Colours          Orange and blue
SloganReal people, real voices, real choices
Website
www.australianworkersparty.org

AWP was formed in response to the continual expansion of economic neoliberalism pursued and implemented by successive Australian governments. The party holds that Australia's main political parties both follow neoliberal economic philosophies which have led to unacceptable levels of unemployment, underemployment, workforce casualisation, the deterioration of workers rights, worker exploitation, the emergence of the working poor and inefficient policies affecting Australia's workforce.

Whilst progressive in all of its policy areas and clearly standing for the ideals of "social and economic justice"[2], the party retains its focus on the wellbeing of workers and their families, macroeconomics and rejects neoliberal assertions which have become accepted as mainstream. As such, the party subscribes to the economic branch of Modern Monetary Theory and advocates an economy which prioritises full employment. Notably, the party advocates the implementation of a job guarantee among its policy platform.

Election results

House of Representatives
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2019 1,676 0.01
0 / 150
0
Senate
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
seats won
+/–
2019 28,381 0.19
0 / 40
0

References

  1. 26, corporateName=Australian Electoral Commission; address=50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2600; contact=13 23. "Current register of political parties". Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. Mamo, Erin (14 August 2017). "New party has strong local flavour".
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