As members know, the DLP was de-registered by the AEC early last year for not demonstrating that we had at least 500 members. However, with over 2500 members nationally we immediately appealed that decision.
Due to electoral laws the AEC cannot review anything to do with party registration between the time writs are issued for an election and returned. In August, the Canning by-election writs were issued and were due to be returned by 25 November. Unfortunately, before the writs were returned Joe Hockey decided to leave parliament and the writs were issued for the North Sydney by-election.
These writs were finally returned on 23 December. As the AEC were closed for the Christmas period, they could not attend to our appeal until they reopened on 4 January.
The AEC has advised that they have now recommenced work on our appeal and will shortly set a date for a review of their original decision by a three person commission. Once that review is completed, the AEC will advise the DLP of the result. We are hopeful that the decision will be favourable and will advise all members as soon as word comes through.