Party of­fi­cial

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

One month ago Josh Hud­son had po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions.

Now he has a cer­ti­fied po­lit­i­cal party.

The Tatura man run­ning for Vic­to­ria’s up­per house at Novem­ber’s state elec­tion has had his own po­lit­i­cal party suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered.

The Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has no­ti­fied that Hud­son for North­ern Vic­to­ria was on Mon­day reg­is­tered as a po­lit­i­cal party un­der state elec­toral law.

Josh Hud­son ap­plied for reg­is­tra­tion last month.

No ob­jec­tions were re­ceived while the ap­pli­ca­tion was be­ing ad­ver­tised by the VEC.

‘‘To be reg­is­tered, a party has to have at least 500 mem­bers on the Vic­to­rian elec­toral roll,’’ a VEC state­ment read.

‘‘The VEC con­firmed this by writ­ing to the mem­bers whose names were pro­vided by Hud­son for North­ern Vic­to­ria.’’

As a reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal party, Hud­son for North­ern Vic­to­ria will now be printed on bal­lot pa­pers, be able to nom­i­nate all its can­di­dates cen­trally with the VEC, be en­ti­tled to pub­lic fund­ing if enough votes are won and be en­ti­tled to en­rol­ment in­for­ma­tion for spec­i­fied pur­poses.

Re­search told Mr Hud­son that win­ning a seat in Vic­to­ria’s up­per house would be dif­fi­cult as an in­de­pen­dent.

So, he in­stead de­cided to cre­ate a mi­nor party — aptly ti­tled Hud­son for North­ern Vic­to­ria — to con­test with.

This way, the can­di­date can ac­cept votes be­low and above the line on elec­tion day.

Josh Hud­son

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