First indigenous party set for 2011 (

02 Dec First indigenous party set for 2011 (

AUSTRALIA’S first indigenous political party will be launched early next year and could one day form government, the man behind the move says.

Indigenous rights campaigner Maurie Ryan has applied to have the First Nations Political Party officially registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

The former Labor party member says the new party will eventually field candidates in federal, state and territory elections and “it will grow”.

“Political parties are created to govern and I hope one day this political party will be in power,” Mr Ryan said today.
“There are first nations political parties all around the world.

“But in Australia there hasn’t been any representation of indigenous people except the times of Neville Bonner, Aden Ridgeway and now Ken Wyatt.” …Go to article.