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Indigenous-Aboriginal Party of Australia (IAPA) Election Highlights

[Supplied by Jonathan Cookson]


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The Indigenous - Aboriginal Party of Australia (IAPA) is pleased to announce some highlights for the Party from its first federal election.


The IAPA contested three (3) NSW House of Representatives (HoR) Divisions and the NSW & QLD Senate positions in the last federal election with these significant results (while participating in NO preference deals):


  • 5.01 % of the vote in the NSW electorate of Parkes (HoR), exceeding the 4% threshold so securing government election funding.

  • 39 000 1st pref. votes in the NSW Senate (0.81%); a further 56 000 including the IAPA in their preferences. 

  • 33 000 1st pref. votes in the Qld Senate (1.09%); a further 44 000 including the IAPA in their preferences.


In the remote Indigenous communities in Queensland the IAPA achieved some spectacular Senate results, often exceeding the Labor & LNP vote - for example:


  •  Woorabinda - 35%

  •  Cherbourg - 33%

  •  Yarrabah & Palm Island - 27%

  •  Mornington Island - 23 %

  •  Doomadgee & Lockhardt River - 22%

  •  Coen - 20%

  •  Hopevale & Kowanyama 19%

  •  Remote Mobile Teams - 17%

  •  Bamaga - 15%

  •  Pormuraaw - 16%

  •  Wujal Wujal - 14%

  •  Normanton - 14%


In the NSW birthplace of the Party, Wilcannia, the vote for the IAPA was: 38% (HoR) & 28% (Senate).


Overall in Queensland the IAPA vote correlated with the number of Indigenous people in the electorate, from:


  • 2.79% of the vote in Leichhardt where 16.8% of the people (not just voters) are Indigenous.

  •  to 0.56% in Ryan where 0.9% of people (not just voters) are Indigenous.


The lowest Qld IAPA vote was in the three (3) Brisbane seats which fell to the Greens, namely Brisbane, Griffith and Ryan. These seats are the three (3) wealthiest in Qld and have the three (3) lowest Indigenous populations.


However, if only Indigenous people were voting for the IAPA in these seats, about 60% did. This seems unlikely so it would seem the IAPA was attracting non-Indigenous votes as well in these seats, at least.


In the NSW & QLD Senates, in the IAPA’s very 1st showing, we received significantly more 1st preference votes than: 


  •  Reason Australia

  •  Informed Medical Options

  •  Australian Democrats

  •  Great Australian

  •  Citizens

  •  Seniors United

  •  Federal ICAC Now

  •  Australian Values

  •  TNL (The New Liberals)

  •  Socialist Alliance

  •  Sustainable Australia

  •  Fusion

  •  and Aust. Federation (Qld only)


The IAPA were clearly the most successful of the “Minnows” or “Special Interest Parties” and were close to becoming a “Minor Party”, already receiving a 5th of One Nation’s vote in NSW (Please note PHON were contesting every HoR seat and that promotion fed in to the Senate vote. They obviously also operated with a far bigger budget and profile.


In the NSW Seat of Parkes, the popular local IAPA candidate, Derek Hardman, received more votes than the:


  •  Greens

  •  United Australia Party (UAP) (about double)

  •  Stuart Howe (independent) (about double)

  •  and the Informed Medical Options Party (about triple)


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