Country Liberal Party, also termed as Northern Territory Country Liberal Party. It is one of the political parties of Australia. This party is a conservative political party. It firstly won the federal elections in the year 1975 by winning one seat in the senate. At the same time, it also won the non-voting seat in the House of Representatives. This party has been formally affiliated with both the National Party of India and the Liberal Party of Australia. The National Party, the Liberal Party, the Liberal National Party of Queensland and the Country Liberal Party together form Coalition of Australia. This coalition works in the centre-right parties.
History Country Liberal Party :-
The Party came into existence in the year 1975. Post the federal election and Joint sitting of Parliament in 1974, the legislation was passed. It was solely passed to give a representation to Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory in the senate. Post the creation of the Legislative Assembly in the year 1974, the territorial branches of the country and the liberal parties merged. This merger formed the Country Liberal Party. It won 17 out of total 90 seats. The mastermind behind it was Sir Sam Calder. This party was opposed from 2001 to 2011, but soon bounced back in power by the year 2012.
Ideology and Policies: –
The major ideology of the Country Liberal Party is to represent all the territorial interests of the area around which it governs and functions its powers. This party is a regionally based party. It has a parliamentary representation at both the Territory level and in Federal Parliament. The Country Liberal Party aims at promoting the local issues of the people along with various broad issues such as development of private enterprise, support for individualism. The party also aims to improve the standards of education as well as job opportunities of the individuals. At the same time, it also aims to preserve the conservative values of the society. This part competes against the Australian Labor Party.
Present situation of the Country Liberal Party: –
The Country Liberal Party at present has been reduced to a minority. This has happened as a result of multiple defections encountered in the party. The next elections of the Country Liberal Party are scheduled on the 27th of August 2016. Adam Giles, the present Chief Minister of the party was defeated earlier in the elections. He still managed to survive the trail.
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