Voting in the House of Representatives is specifically designed to channel votes via the preference system to the two major parties. The Senate allows for greater representation but governments do not rise and fall in the Senate.
Following the formal launch of the party, the Democratic Reform Alliance will call for expressions of interest from high profile candidates interested in standing as party representatives. It will also approach individuals who have a public profile and background that would make them suitable for running for office through the Democratic Reform Alliance.
It is intended to contest every single seat in the Federal Parliament (150 Lower House seats and 76 Senate seats) and contest state and territory elections in due course.
The electoral strategy is win sufficient seats in a close election result to place Democratic Reform Alliance in a key balance of power situation in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their public profile and existing exposure and skills with the media, and their understanding of and commitment to the platform and the concept of the Alliance They will need to pass rigorous stench tests. Candidates will be required to sign a Candidate Deed setting out the terms of their engagement and responsibility to the party, and may be required to pay a bond [to be determined] on being selected as the Democratic Reform Alliance candidate for a particular seat or the Senate.
Lower House candidates may be community based candidates or represent a particular community, for example, Eltham Christians, or because they are the local shire Mayor. Senate candidates may be geographically based or represent broader communities, such as the “rugby league community in Queensland” or journalists who already have a profile through their professional work.
On being selected, candidates will receive rigorous training in the Democratic Reform Alliance platform and strategies, in dealing with the media, and in their limited role as a Democratic Reform Alliance candidate. Candidates will be obliged to speak only to the Democratic Reform Alliance platform and are not authorised to speak more generally about broader political issues.
Any discussion of broader political issues may alienate potential voters by taking the discourse into the world of traditional party ideologies, media hostility, and the dilution of the political strategy. Candidates who breach the formal terms of engagement will be warned then dismissed losing their bond.