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  • Independents can’t get deductable donation status till four days before voting starts.
  • Independents can’t be accepted as a candidate by the AEC unless you have 100 signed forms from registered votes and the forms to become available one week before voting starts.
  • Independents can't get access to electoral rolls until four days before voting starts, preventing any ability to mail out to or manage postal votes.
  • Independents inability to secure permits to campaign on streets or outside shopping centres from the council until four days before voting starts.
  • You are fighting against a machine that has coordinated messaging, bulk buying of campaign material… Independents have to do everything from scratch and at every turn if you make a mistake with an authorisation or a coma on a how to vote card it could be deemed invalid and your chances destroyed.
  • At the end of campaigns all the assets of the Independent campaign just get lost… the websites, the nation builders, the relationships. They don’t belong to a Party they belong to the individual and legally you need to start again … the investment independents are making is being lost year after year.
  • You also can’t fight fairly as an individual. Unless the attack or document you are putting out is political and authorised by a political party you have much higher risk of getting involved in defamation action. eg. The Liberal party could set up website calling an independent a corrupt and a liar and there is nothing the independent can do about it. Parties have specific protections at law to effectively lie in politics and to be protect from liable. Rights that don’t apply as clearly if you are not a political party ie. an Independent.
  • There are many other structural issues like insurance that also require you to have complex corporate arrangement in place if you are an independent.