The Pros And Cons Of The Unity Party

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The Unity Party’s activities largely died down throughout 2000 and Wong acted as a virtual independent in the Legislative Council. After their failure to break into federal parliament in 2001, the Unity Party largely shifted its attentions to local government, running a number of candidates for local councils in largely non-white areas, primarily in suburban Sydney. It did not run any candidates in the 2004 federal election but Peter Wong continued to represent Unity in the NSW Parliament, until the expiry of his term in March 2007. At the March 2007 NSW state election, lead Unity Upper House candidate, Le Lam, won 1.2% of the vote , which was insufficient to gain election. Consequently, Unity no longer holds seats in any Australian parliament.

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Lawsuits involving ex-members forced Hanson to repay approximately A$500,000 of public funding won at the 1998 Queensland election amid claims that the party was fraudulently registered. The first Annual General Meeting of the One Nation party was held in April 1999, which critic Paul Reynolds said demonstrated that One Nation lacked organization (Rutherford 201). In October 2000, Hanson expelled Oldfield from the party. His expulsion created even more instability in a party which was constantly embroiled in scandal and internal strife. Oldfield engineered a split within the party, creating One Nation NSW, in 2001. The new party took advantage of electoral party registration laws to register itself as a political party under the “One Nation” name with the NSW electoral commission, and achieved registration in April 2002. This meant that the original One Nation party was unable to gain registration for NSW elections. Consequently, the original One Nation could only contest Federal elections in NSW under the “One Nation” banner, whilst the Oldfield group could present itself as “One Nation” only at state
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