Thursday, September 16, 2010
An anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party has set up shop in Australia, inspired by the US-based movement that has turned the Republican Party upside down.
The Australian T.E.A. Party (an acronym for Taxed Enough Already) will be targeting pre-selections across the country and heavily promotes its links to “our friends” in the United States.
Reluctant spokesman David Goodridge – “just call me the website editor” – says the grassroots movement has no plans to register as a political party, won’t stand candidates and won’t accept politicians as members.
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“We’ve been around for a little while but we made a conscious decision not to involve ourselves at the last election – we’re not a political party, we are a political movement, we influence parties that already exist,” he said.
Mr Goodridge says the Australian party has not received US funding – “that would not be appropriate, they don’t want to interfere” – but it is looking to update and adapt US training videos for its own purposes.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm