While blockchains are irreversible, party status in Australia is not, with the Australian Electoral Commission investigating whether it needs to sever ties with Flux.
The Flux Party was founded in 2016 with the goal of transforming democracy in Australia by having no policy.
Flux wanted to employ a blockchain-based smartphone app in lieu of what politics is all about, other than power so that its members could vote on how its future MPs would vote.
“Our sole agenda is simply legislative reform,” founder Max Kaye told ZDNet in 2016. “Because we believe that the system is no longer appropriate for a society of our complexity and sophisticated level, we basically offer the Flux system as a better alternative.”
“We’re the first corporation to try to provide democracy as a service.”
The party was indeed looking beyond the planetary boundaries.
“In our opinion, if you were to construct a colony on Mars, Flux would be the best system to provide these early immigrants with a democratic style of governance,” Kaye said.
“Our mission is to seize power and then hand it over.”
That was nearly six years ago, and the party is still on life support in 2022.
“On 13 January 2022, Joanne Reid, as an Electoral Commission delegate, issued a notice to VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy! (the Party) stating that the Electoral Commission is considering deregistering the Party under section 137(1)(b) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918,” according to the AEC notice.
If such an Australian political party does not have 1,500 members or a member in the Senate or House of Representatives, it may be deregistered. If a party is not registered, its name, abbreviation, or logo will not show on ballot papers, and the party will not be able to have a group on a Senate ballot paper. Electronic copies of the election roll are also available to registered parties.
Other groups facing deregistration include the No5G party, which has expanded its disinformation repertoire to include anti-vaccine nonsense; the Australian Progressives; and Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party.
The Science Party, Love Australia or Leave, The New Liberals, and Country Labor are among the most recent parties to be deregistered.