PJ Collins, Leader of the Australian Arts Party, announced today he is standing as an independent candidate for the Legislative Council in the NSW State Elections on 28th March 2015. It is a move that follows on from the work of party members standing for the principles of the Arts Party in the Queenland State elections in January this year. 'We're in the game again.' he said.
‘This party was founded to bring new voices to the running of this country at every level. To bring positive voices. Voices based on working together. On highlighting the importance of art and creativity. Voices based on defining how art and creativity can define our shared future. It’s essential that Australians have the opportunity to vote for this party and our core principles and policies at every and any opportunity. This party exists to give an independent voice to the Arts in our politics, to encourage our innate creativity in every form, to build communities through celebrating our similarities and differences. ‘ said Collins.
He continued 'If the voters of New South Wales care about a more creative, artistic and culturally rich future for this state, then I ask them to vote for me in the Legislative Council (senate) of the New South Wales parliament on March 28th.’
While PJ Collins is standing as an independent candidate in this election due to the Arts Party not being currently registered as a state party in NSW, the federal election next year will be a different matter.
‘We intend to stand official arts party candidates in every state and territory of Australia at the federal election in 2016. There is a pressing need to bring fresh new committed voices to the political life of this country, and that is what we intend to achieve.’