It’s been said running a business is really quite simple, you just have to sell something for more than you pay for it. Plus a few million details.
Politics is the same – you just have to register a political party and get your candidates elected – plus a few million details.
Like any industry or profession, politics is not for everyone. But political parties are essential to a properly functioning democratic society. Accordingly, the Australian Family Party is seeking expressions of interest from people interested in learning more about how the world of politics operates.
From the essential understanding of how the ‘political wing’ and ‘organisational wing’ of a political party collaborate to get candidates elected, through to the various levels of government – Federal, State & Local – the Australian Family Party is exploring the development of a ‘Basic Training Course’ for those who either feel called to run as a candidate or have a particular interest in how the world of politics works – or in some cases doesn’t work.
The online Course will cover subjects like voter behaviour, policy development, marginal seat campaigning, preferencing, data base management, fundraising, messaging, media relations, major/minor/micro parties and independents, party governance and compliance, speech writing, lobbyists and lobby groups, opinion piece writing and more.
A strong emphasis on the proper functioning of a political party will run through the Course. Like any successful sporting club or theatre company, there are the ‘on-field players and performers’ and the ‘off-field, behind the scenes, personnel’ who ensure the club or organisation runs smoothly. And whereas it often seems like the ‘on-field players get all the credit and the off-field personnel do all the work’, each needs the other for the organisation to succeed. This will be a key aspect of developing a collaborative culture within a political party.
If you know what you believe, and want help in being able to defend it and communicate it in the political world and are interested in the philosophical underpinnings of a political movement, please register your interest now. You can contact us here.
Update (30 July 2021)
Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in the Australian Family Party’s proposed ‘Basic Training Course’ in politics. We are currently assessing the responses and will advise of further developments in due course. Our post on Federal/State relations will be one of the topics covered in the Course. Please note however, at this stage the Course is for members only