Party puts name forward

The Money Free Party has applied to the Electoral Commission for registration as a political party.

The party now had the required 500 members to qualify in time for September's general election, said Richard Osmaston, of St Arnaud, who is the driving force behind the party.

He said he was saddened but not surprised that there was a newly introduced $500 fee for applications.

The commission confirmed it had received the application which would go through a checking and public consultation process before a decision could be made.

Osmaston, who stood unsuccessfully in the Nelson mayoralty election last year, said MFP would contact members and arrange a conference. He said most people sensed that change was needed in an era of societal breakdown, stress and environmental degradation.

The Nelson Mail