The Communist Alliance was registered on 16 March 2009 with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) as an Australian political party.[1] It was an alliance of a number of Communist groups, individuals and ethnic-based communist parties. The Alliance was formed to allow communists to run in elections under the Communist banner, while allowing the Communist Party of Australia, a member of the Alliance, to retain a separate, independent membership.

The Alliance endorsed a candidate for the House of Representatives seat of Sydney in the 2010 federal election. The candidate received 0.83% or 656 of the 79,377 votes cast.[2] It also endorsed two candidates for the Senate in New South Wales, receiving 0.17% or 6,999 of the 4,333,267 votes cast.[3]

Communist Alliance changed its AEC registered name to "The Communists" on 24 August 2011,[4] but the AEC deregistered The Communists as a political party on 22 May 2012 because it "failed to prove it still had 500 members eligible for enrolment."[5]


  1. ^ "Register of Political Parties: Communist Alliance". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  2. ^ Virtual Tally Room - Division of Sydney
  3. ^ Virtual Tally Room - FIRST PREFERENCES BY GROUP - NSW
  4. ^ "Communist Alliance". Australian Electoral Commission. 24 August 2011.
  5. ^ "The Communists". Australian Electoral Commission. 30 May 2012.