In August this year, a faction claiming to be the legally-registered Australian Democrats political party lied to the Pirate Party. They said they were the legally-registered party, when they knew full well they were not.
The faction of lies, which includes “National President” Hayden Ostrom-Brown, went twice to the Australian Electoral Commission to get themselves declared the official, legally-registered party. Twice, the AEC refused. The faction then went to the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, who handed down a preliminary decision on Monday. Ostrom-Brown is now desperately spinning a line in that decision out of context to try to prove he is right. But once again, he is lying.
Some background: The AEC was originally asked to make Paul Morgan (a member of the faction of lies) the official Registered Officer for the Australian Democrats. The other faction of the Democrats challenged this, as the Registered Officer is an important post – the RO is the only person who can officially lodge a party’s election candidates with the Electoral Commission. Because the request to make Davey the Registered Officer was challenged, the AEC gathered evidence from both sides, and finally decided that the Democrats’ internal rules hadn’t been followed, and that Davey wasn’t the Democrats’ legitimate Registered Officer. That decision is what Davey is challenging at the AAT.
The AAT’s preliminary decision was about a request from a number of other people, including Ostrom-Brown, that they be formally included as parties to the AAT challenge. That request was refused because, says the AAT, 1) their interests can be properly, represented by John Davey, who is formally challenging the original AEC decision and 2) a final binding legal decision on the farce inside the Australian Democrats can only be made by a court.
Ostrom-Brown has jumped on point 2) and wrestled it into something it doesn’t say at all. Ostrom-Brown is now claiming the AEC “acted unlawfully and without power”, but the AAT decision says no such thing. In fact, the current AAT decision says *nothing* either way about the way the AEC handled the original decision. All it says is that because the final decision about the Democrats will need to be made by a court, it would be a waste of time and money having ten different people as officially part of the case at the AAT.
Ostrom-Brown also claims the AAT’s decision is “a legal finding that it [the AEC] had made inappropriate decisions about the party’s internal election of office bearers”. The AAT says no such thing in Monday’s decision.
Hayden Ostrom-Brown is a proven liar, yet he wants to lead the party whose most famous slogan is “Keep The Bastards Honest”. Anyone who wants integrity and honesty in politics should avoid having anything to do with him.