NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR BRAVER HEMP
Please don't join
the HEMP Party unless you are willing to confirm your membership
to AEC officials on the phone. If you are unfindable or unwilling
to confirm membership, don't join, because it stuffs it up for
the rest of us. Sorry, but that's how it works. Give us as many
ways to contact you as possible to make it easier to confirm
your membership with the AEC.
LETS DO IT!
HEMP PARTY-NOT DEAD
The Nimbin based HELP END MARIJUANA
PROHIBITION party is in limbo, undead, neither registered nor
de-registered. We did not contest the 2007 Federal elections
because we had not been re-registered in time. The Howard government
had arbitrarily de-registered all political parties, without
a current representative in Parliament in December 2006. Our
application for re-registration, complying with all the requirements
of the Electoral Act, was submitted early in April 2007. The
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) took until August, three
weeks before the election was called, to advise us that we had
failed their membership test. We replied asking that our application
be accepted as is, or be reviewed by the commissioners. We intended
to appeal any negative review. The calling of the election froze
this process and nothing has happened since.
Last month the AEC informed us that they would be reviewing
their own test. Apparently they have taken our objections on
board. So we wait for their new test before deciding whether
to resubmit or continue with an appeal. If we do resubmit we
will probably still need a membership whose addresses and phone
numbers are current and contactable and who will not ignore
an enquiry from the AEC. This has been the crux of the test.
A random sample of members contacted by the AEC must all say
– YES, I am a HEMP party member. (And try not to feel
afraid of Big Brother!)
To achieve this a membership drive will be conducted at MardiGrass.
We want brave new members with established addresses. We want
old members to update their contact details.
Anyone who supports our campaign for cannabis law reform can
join, or re-join, at the Information booth outside the Town
Hall, or Dutchies Café in Peace Park during MardiGrass,
or the HEMP Embassy anytime. Membership is free.
With little chance of getting anyone elected why do we want
a registered political party at all? Because the $1500 it costs
to put our name on the Senate Ballot paper buys us more access
to the corridors of power than any number of $10,000 a plate
political fund raising dinners.
See you at MardiGrass.
Get the Federal
HEMP membership registration form here
Get the NSW
State HEMP membership registration form here
MAKE SURE THESE DETAILS ARE IDENTICAL TO ELECTORAL ROLL,
OR INCLUDE A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
(AVAILABLE AT POST OFFICES)
WITH UPDATED PARTICULARS.
INCLUDE OCCUPATION AND PHONE
ANY INACCURACY LEADS TO REJECTION OF FORM
Send it to:
Mr G Askey
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
9 Frank Street
for further information, if you need it....