PUP applies to contest state election

PALMER United Party is one step closer to being able to contest the Tasmanian election in March.

The party has submitted its application to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission to register the party in the state.

The application is complete with the required 100 signatures of party members and their Tasmanian addresses.

On the list published in three newspapers yesterday is former independent Legislative Council candidate Cheryl Fuller and serial candidate Sven Wiener.

Mrs Fuller, who ran for the Legislative Council seat of Montgomery in May, stepped down as Central Coast deputy mayor at the end of October, citing a significant change in personal circumstances.

Mr Wiener, of Legana, last stood as a Senator Online candidate in the September federal election and is perhaps best-known for his legal battles over an allegedly illegal turtle.

Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie is named as the head of the party in Tasmania and Kevin Morgan as the deputy.

Ms Lambie has been busy trying to recruit candidates after announcing the party's intention to run 25 candidates - five in each electorate - with the aim of winning majority government.

Earlier this month, the fledgling minor party lost Hobart City Council Alderman Marti Zucco, who dropped out of the race complaining of bullying from Ms Lambie.

Former Family First lead Senate candidate Peter Madden revealed last week he was considering running for PUP because Family First would not be registered at the state level, but his name does not appear in the list of the first 100 members.

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