Australian Antipaedophile Party

Australian Antipaedophile Party
Convenor William Russell Massingham Pridgeon
Founded 2015 (2015)
Dissolved 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25)
Ideology Single issue to address perceived issues with the Family Court
Website
www.antipaedophileparty.com

The Australian Antipaedophile Party was an Australian political party registered with the Australian Electoral Commission during 2016.[1] It was known as the Australians Against Paedophiles Party until 3 March 2016.[2] It was voluntarily deregistered on 25 November 2016.[3]

The party intended to focus on a single issue of child sexual abuse by advocating in the Australian Senate for the creation of a Royal Commission to investigate perceived failings in the Family Court of Australia.[4]

William Russell Massingham Pridgeon, a Grafton general practitioner, established the party in 2015. He said on its website that he had turned to politics after trying to protect his wife's son from the son's biological father's paedophilia. The biological father launched defamation proceedings against Pridgeon in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in the leadup to the 2016 federal election.[5]

2016 federal election

The Australian Antipaedophile Party nominated a total of four senate candidates (one each in New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania), and one House of Representatives candidate (for the Division of Robertson) in the 2016 federal election.[6]

The South Australian Senate candidate, Ronald Waters, had a past conviction for being an accessory after the fact to two murders at a massage parlour in New South Wales in 1994 by Lindsay Robert Rose. The spent conviction would not disqualify him from sitting in parliament.[7]

The party was voluntarily deregistered on 25 November 2016.[3]

References

  1. "Australian Antipaedophile Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. "Rename Australians Against Paedophiles Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Australian Antipaedophile Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. "Meet the AAPP". Australian Antipaedophile Party. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. Olding, Rachel (2016-05-15). "Founder of Australian Anti-Paedophile Party sued for accusing man of paedophilia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  6. "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. Prosser, Candice (28 June 2016). "Election 2016: Senate hopeful Ron Waters seeks to make amends for link to Valentine's Day murders". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 August 2016.


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