June 24, 2022

Australian blockchain political party Flux faces AEC blockade

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Blockchains may be immutable, but party status in Australia is most certainly changeable, with the Australian Electoral Commission considering whether to swing the ax at Flux.

Launched in 2016, The Flux Party set out with the claim to transform democracy in Australia, and would do so by having no politics.

Instead of what politics is, other than power, Flux intended to use a blockchain-based smartphone app so its members could vote on how its potential parliamentarians would vote.

“Our only policy is essentially parliamentary reform,” founder Max Kaye told ZDNet in 2016. Flux system as a superior alternative.

“We are the first company that tries to provide democracy as a service.”

The party even looked ambitiously beyond planetary boundaries.

“In our opinion, if you were to establish a colony on Mars, Flux would be the ideal system to provide a democratic system of government to those early settlers,” Kaye said.

“Our mandate is to gain power and then give it away.”

That was almost six years ago, and in 2022 the party is on life support.

“On January 13, 2022, Joanne Reid, as a delegate of the Election Commission, sent a notice to VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy! (the Party) stating that the Election Commission was considering delisting the Party under Article 137(1)(b) of the Commonwealth Elections Act 1918“, stated the opinion of the AEC.

If Australian political parties do not have 1,500 members or if a member sits in the Senate or House of Representatives, they may face the prospect of deregistration. If a party is not registered, its name, abbreviation, or logo will not appear on ballots, nor can the party have a group on a Senate ballot. Registered parties can also obtain electronic copies of the voters list.

Other parties facing delisting include the No5G party, which has turned to adding anti-vaccine nonsense to its misinformation repertoire; Australian progressives; and Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party.

Recently deregistered parties include the Science Party, Love Australia or Leave, The New Liberals and Country Labour.

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