Australian Progressive Alliance

Australian Progressive Alliance

Australian Progressive Alliance

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The Australian Progressive Alliance (APA) was a minor liberal party in Australia, formed by Meg Lees, an independent senator and former leader of the Australian Democrats, in April 2003. The party ceased to operate and was deregistered in June 2005 following Senator Lees's defeat at the 2004 election and the expiry of her term.


Meg Lees resigned from membership of the Democrats in July 2002 after being deposed as the party's Senate leader in April 2001. She sat as an independent in the Senate before forming the APA in 2003. Other APA members included the former Democrat Queensland Senator John Woodley and Elisabeth Kirkby, a former Democrat member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.


Lees sought to position the APA as a party of the moderate centre, arguing that the Democrats, under the leadership of Cheryl Kernot, Natasha Stott-Despoja and Andrew Bartlett, had moved too far to the left. In a 2003 opinion article, she claimed the party would appeal to "voters who cannot be dragged to the extremes by the Greens in any enduring way."

The party's "guiding principles" were described as:

  • To act with integrity, tolerance and compassion.
  • To respect the freedom of the individual particularly the freedoms of association, expression and religion.
  • To uphold a system of constitutional checks and balances in government, particularly the separation of powers and the rule of......
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