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The Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) (originally known as the Non-Custodial Parents Party) is a small Australian political party. The party has members in all states and territories of Australia. Some of our members also live overseas.
Our party supports less government control of our daily family life. In particular, we have put forward a number of policies seeking to make changes to the current areas of family law and child support.
The party is registered with the Australian Electoral Commission as a political party.
Formation of the Party
The Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) was formed in Australia in 1998 by Andrew Thompson and other concerned citizens. The original name of the Party was the Non-Custodial Parents Party.
The party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) as a political party on 12 January 1999. Andrew Thompson remains the Party Secretary and the Registered Officer of the Party. John Flanagan became the Deputy Registered Officer of the Party in 2003.
We are not registered at any state level – only at the Federal level. Most of our issues are Commonwealth-based issues.
The 1999 NSW State Election.
The Non-Custodial Parents Party was originally registered at both the New South Wales State level and at the Federal level. The NCPP ran 22 candidates in the 1999 NSW State Election.
We had two candidates for the NSW Legislative Council. They were Andrew Thompson and Angela Flynn.
There were also 20 candidates that nominated for the NSW Legislative Assembly: in Bathurst, Baulkham Hills, Camden, Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Illawarra, Kogarah, Liverpool, Londonderry, Macquarie Fields, Mulgoa, Murray-Darling, Parramatta, Penrith, Pittwater, Port Jackson, Rockdale and Southern Highlands.
The NSW State registration was subsequently allowed to lapse after the 1999 NSW State Elections – NSW Legislative Council and NSW Legislative Assembly. This was primarily because the NSW State Electoral Commission uses an optional preferential voting system. Also, state electoral commissions in Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT use a similar optional preferential voting system for the Legislative Assembly.
Optional preferential voting negates the political impact of small parties such as the NCPP. Whereas smaller political parties such as the NCPP have more of an impact if the preferential voting is compulsory.
Federal registration was retained because the Australian Electoral Commission uses the compulsory preferential voting system for the Federal Elections.
Since the 1999 NSW State Election, the Non-Custodial Parents Party has provided candidates for all federal elections. The Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) has fielded candidates in the 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 Federal Elections and also ran a candidate in a 2002 Cunningham Federal By-Election.
We will also have candidates in the next Federal Election (which has to be held prior to Saturday 14 January 2017 and probably somewhat much earlier than that date).
The 2001 Federal Election.
The NCPP fielded eight candidates in the 2001 Federal Election. This included two Senate candidates for new South Wales. They were Andrew Thompson and Annette McKeegan. There were also six candidates for seats for the House of Representatives: in Bennelong, Eden-Monaro, Lindsay, Macarthur, Parramatta and Richmond. All seats were based in NSW.
The 2002 Federal By-Election for Cunningham.
In 2002, the Non-Custodial Parents Party contested the 2002 Federal By-Election for the then vacant Federal seat of Cunningham (near Wollongong). John Flanagan ran for the NCPP and received 556 votes.
The 2004 Federal Election.
In the 2004 Federal Election, the NCPP fielded candidates in states other than in New South Wales for the first time. The party fielded eight (8) Senate candidates – two candidates each in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. The eight (8) Senate candidates received a total of 12,207 votes.
The NCPP also contested two New South Wales House of Representatives seats: Cunningham and Parramatta. The two (2) candidates netted 1,132 first preference votes.
The 2006 De-Registration and Subsequent Re-Registration.
In 2006, the Australian Electoral Commission de-registered all minor political parties. The NCPP was one of the nineteen (19) minor political parties that were all de-registered.
This was because the AEC had considered that the names of some of the minor parties were becoming too similar to those of the larger parties. Therefore it was decided by the AEC that the names of all minor political parties were to be reviewed in a “blanket” deregistration process.
This review did not directly affect the name of the Non-Custodial Parents Party . There was never any conflict with another political party’s name. However the temporary de-registration did provide an opportunity for the NCPP to consider a slight name change.
As part of the re-registration process, the Executive of the NCPP subsequently requested that the name of the party be changed from the Non-Custodial Parents Party to the present name of the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) – sometimes abbreviated to just NCPP(EP). This was done to better reflect the party’s emphasis on the issue of equal parenting as one of its key issues.
On 28 August 2007, the AEC re-registered the party under the new name.
The 2007 Federal Election.
In the 2007 Federal Election the NCPP(EP) ran eight Senate candidates. The States contested were again New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia – with two candidates in each state. The Party received 6,385 votes. The NCPP(EP) also contested two House of Representatives seats in the 2007 Federal Elections. They were Cunningham and Macarthur. Both seats were located in New South Wales. The candidates received 795 votes.
The 2010 Federal Election.
The NCPP(EP) contested the 2010 Federal Election. The Party had two Senate candidates in New South Wales: Andrew Thompson and Roland Foster. The Party received 3,616 votes.
There were also two House of Representatives candidates. They were for the seat of Cunningham and for the adjacent seat of Throsby. The seats contested for the 2010 Federal Election were all in New South Wales. The two (2) House of Representatives candidates received 2,835 votes.
The 2013 Federal Election.
The Party fielded five (5) candidates at the Australian Federal Election held on 7 September 2013. There were three (3) House of Representatives candidates. They were for the seats of Cunningham and Throsby in NSW and for the seat of Flinders in Victoria. The Party had two Senate candidates in New South Wales. They were the father and son team of Andrew “Andy” Thompson and Josh Thompson. Andy Thompson is also the Party Secretary and Registered Officer of the Party.
The 2016 Federal Election.
The party fielded four (4) candidates at the Australian Federal Election held on 2 July 2016. For the NSW Senate, our candidates were Eric Greening and Andy Thompson. The number of votes that they were received were 2,102. Our candidate for the seat of Whitlam (Shellharbour/Bowral, NSW) was Wayne Hartman . Wayne received 2,081 votes. Our candidate for the seat of Cunningham (Wollongong, NSW) was John Flanagan . John received 1,582 votes.