There aren’t as many micro-parties on the senate ticket this year, mostly because the recent changes made it more expensive to run candidates, but the Australian Cyclists Party is having a shot and hoping their candidate Peter Mah will prove the doubters wrong.
There is a chance he could fluke it in, like Ricky Muir from the Motoring Enthusiasts Party did last time.
With the senate election double dissolution quota percentages are down to 7.7 per cent (from the usual 14 per cent), so it’s not unimaginable that he might.
Peter Mah is a keen cyclist, with a rural and mining background, and he’s on the top of the ballot for the Australian Cyclists Party.
Mah’s involvement in the community is well regarded and his extensive work for cyclists in WA is something to be noticed, but whether he’ll attract the 120,000 votes needed to take a seat, remains to be seen.
He’s the founder of the South Perth Cycle Club – which he established in 2009 to bring together other cyclists in the area and run social activities.
He is a self-declared “family man” with two children and spends much of his time traversing the extensive cycling network through Perth.
While living in country WA he cycled many country roads, but he’s lived in Perth for the past 12 years.
Standing on a platform of a cycling-friendly government, safety is a key election issue for Mah. If he wins a seat in Federal Parliament, he hopes to bring about more dedicated cycling infrastructure.
Interestingly, the Australian Greens have already launched a substantial cycling policy that they hope will be adopted this coming year.
Unlike the Greens, the Australian Cyclists Party is a single-issue party, meaning they don’t have plans or policies on other issues such as healthcare, marriage equality or education.