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  • 10 Aug 2016 8:30 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    Interesting Senate Crossbench…  Good luck Malcolm.

    Whilst the AMEP did not retain our Senate Seat, the number of crossbenchers increased by three.  Pauline Hansen’s One Nation won four senate seats, Nick Xenophon Team won three seats, Derryn Hinch won a seat, while Jacquie Lambie, Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm retained their seats. 

    If you include the Greens in the crossbench, there is a record number of 20 Crossbench Seats.

    TOTAL 72 SENATE SEATS

    Coalition - 30 seats (down from 33 in the last Senate)
    Labor - 26 seats (up from 25)
    Greens - 9 (down from 10)
    One Nation - 4 (up from zero)
    Nick Xenophon Team - 3 (up from 1)
    Family First (Bob Day) 1
    Liberal Democrats (David Leyonhjelm) 1
    Derry Hinch Justice Party 1
    Jacqui Lambie 1

    The good news is that Nick Xenophon is a strong advocate for the Automotive Aftermarket industry thanks to the AMEP, something we can be proud of.  We also have good relations with Bob Day, Jacqui Lambie and David Leyonhjelm.

    It is important we continue to have friends in the Senate, so the MAC will be writing to each of the Senators offering expert advice on motoring issues.

    The AMEP and Ricky Muir can be proud of what has been achieved in our short time in Government.  The AMEP has made a difference, and many opportunities have been created thanks to our Senate seat.  It is unfortunate Ricky only got to serve two of his six year term, as strong foundations had been laid.

    The fight will never end, it will need to transform, but it will never end.

    If you feel passionate about the AMEP and it’s future, now is the time to get involved. CONTACT US


  • 08 Aug 2016 8:28 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    When I was elected to the Senate in 2013 I was set to take my place in Australia’s political history for six years. As of this afternoon it is finally clear and official that my six year term was reduced to two.

    I have been asked many times whether I regret allowing the Government to have a double dissolution trigger. The answer is simple, no I don’t.

    I can leave parliament proud knowing that I gave it my best shot against the odds and did not fall victim to the two party political games. There is a large portion of society who are sick of the mainstream political establishment and class. Those results were clear in 2013 and despite the Government’s best attempt to remove the representatives who were elected to represent those people, the 2016 results have also show the same. I am proud that I did my best in my time to represent those people.

    I am honoured that the people of Victoria gave the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party and I that opportunity back in 2013 and cannot thank all those who were involved in those early days, including right through my time in politics, enough.

    It has been a roller coaster ride one could never forget and one I will never regret.

    Despite many achievements in varying areas of politics and trying hard to achieve in others, my proudest achievement is to hear people in the street say “you gave me hope” or “you influenced me to try”. There is nothing more heart-warming to hear these expressions and to realise that I am receiving them for simply being myself. If my legacy was to motivate people into having a go at whatever it is that they want to achieve, no matter whether people say they don’t belong or have no chance, then I could achieve nothing more for the rest of my life and feel that my job is complete.

    No matter who you are, what your background is, what you socio economic status is, what your, age, sex, education or the geographical location you reside in is, you are entitled to a voice. Using my own case as an example, you just never know what the outcome may be, just don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!

    It was my passion for the automotive scene which drove me to politics. This would have not been possible without the founding members of the AMEP trying to find a way to ensure that their voice was heard. Despite the bumpy, unfamiliar road ahead I would like to thank the AMEP for their dedication and focus to keep moving forward no matter what the political world threw at us. It takes a great deal of strength to roll with the punches and all involved should be immensely proud of their efforts.

    I would like thank the many people who offered to, and did, assist with my election campaign. I was a humbling feeling to see how far things had come since 2013. To see how so many people from all sides of politics were content to offer me assistance, regardless of the fact that I have no home on the left or right of the political spectrum, was sobering.

    For me to be the representative that I was, it would have not been possible without the right assistance. My staff (including wife who selflessly volunteered her time), like all political staff, are regularly the unsung heroes behind the scenes who get the research and work done when needed. The long hours, time away from home and stress are not just isolated to the parliamentarian. From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank my staff enough for their commitment and diligence to get the job done, and to do it well, no matter the pressure we were under.

    On the 7th of September 2013 the lives of my wife and children were turned upside down. The journey has been intense and emotional, but they have remained by my side no matter what was thrown at us. Now it is time to return that favour and to spend some quality time, without the political noise consuming my thoughts, with them. I cannot wait!

    It has been an honour to serve the people of Australia!

    In closing; to everybody who offered me support, encouragement or assistance along my journey, I sincerely thank you.

    I do not feel that this is the end of my time in politics. One way or another I’ll be back!

  • 05 Jul 2016 8:28 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who voted for the AMEP, and a special thank you to our Candidates and those who stood at polling booths handing out 'how to vote' cards.

    What a strange election it has been, and it will still be some time until the final results are known. The Government called a DD Election to get rid of the "feral" crossbench, and ain't karma a bitch - it appears they will end up with a more difficult crossbench than the one they dissolved.

    Unfortunately, it would appear the AMEP has lost it's seat, (along with most other crossbench senators); however, postal votes and preferences still have to be counted so anything is possible. Fingers crossed.

    We are proud of the efforts of our Candidates and those who stepped up to support them. It has been a team effort, and we have fought a gallant fight.

    They changed the rules to get rid of us, and despite the odds being against us, we put everything we could into campaigning.

    We brought integrity to politics and this is something we can all be proud of, regardless of the final result.  The election united our community again, and the support shown to the AMEP in the last couple of weeks has been encouraging.

    One thing for certain is that the fight will never end, it may transform and take on a different path, but it will never end.

    Motoring Enthusiasts and Proud...

  • 01 Jul 2016 9:31 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    The AMEP are extremely proud of the transformation of Ricky Muir from an everyday guy to Senator. We encourage everyone to watch this video, and to always stand up for what you believe in, regardless of the outcome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1i0RKu4v-s

    Motoring Enthusiasts and Proud...


  • 30 Jun 2016 8:47 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    Mandatory Repair Code of Practice

    This is a good example of the voice the AMEP and 
    Senator Ricky Muir has been to the Motoring Industry and to all motorists. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOnYZeXTv7E&a=&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) are a member of the Motoring Advisory Council (MAC) and have been working with the AMEP and the Senators Office to ensure the Aftermarket Industry is recognised and respected for it's value to the Australian economy.

    Help us to finish the job that we started... If you live in Victoria, New South Wales or South Australia - VOTE 1 AMEP in the Senate on Saturday and tell everybody that you know to vote AMEP.


  • 29 Jun 2016 2:38 PM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    So, if “Speed Kills”, and “Every ‘K’ over is a killer” as the nanny state will have us believe, can someone please explain to me why the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory is not Australia’s “Road of Blood”?

    Until 2007, this, and other major highways in the Northern Territory, were ‘open’ speed limited. This meant that drivers were able to set their own speed limits, coupled with the responsibility of driving to the road conditions, safely and within their driving capabilities. But in 2007 the NT government was held to ransom by the federal government to get on board with their “Speed Kills” rhetoric and were made to introduce limits of 110k/h and 130k/h to main arterial roads being used to allow the majority of Territory traffic to get around.

    While this move was cloaked in a smokescreen of ‘road safety’, unfortunately for road users in the NT, this meant more lives lost in the next 6 years than that of the previous 6 when open speed limits applied. In the 6 years prior to the introduction of speed restrictions 292 people lost their lives on NT roads – most of which were not even on the major highways, and then 307 people lost their lives on the 6 years after. So, it would appear, that after approximately 8 years of this failed ‘experiment’ into following the nanny state agenda, the NT has decided to re-open the Stuart Highway, in sections, to ‘open’ speed limits once again.

    An NT Government spokesperson has been quoted in an online article from Motoring.com.au in August 2015 as saying “Over the past 10 years, there has not been a single speed-related fatality on this stretch of road.”

    This ‘anomaly’ in the world of “speed = death” that currently exists in Australia begs a number of questions to be asked?

    • Is there some merit to the argument that there is an optimum speed limit that maximises driver concentration, minimises distraction, yet maintains safety for road users?
    • Or is it simply that Territorians are better drivers at higher speeds than the rest of Australians?
    • Is there merit to allowing drivers to take personal responsibility for the way they use the roads to maximise their own safety and the safety of others?
    • Or is the NT government so efficient in its spending that it doesn’t require the revenue stream from speeding fines that other governments around Australia appear to be addicted to?
    • Is it simply that there are no road hazards in the NT, like there is in other regions of Australia, to allow people to regulate their own driving behaviour in this way?
    • Are there no caravans, road trains, bicycles, motorcycles or animals in the NT that can cause interference to a motorists’ passage?
    • Is the Stuart Highway a multi-lane road with multiple overtaking lanes where slower vehicles can pull off or allow vehicles to pass?
    • Is it possible, that with a greater emphasis on competency based, nationally consistent driver/rider education, and a far greater emphasis on personal responsibility on the road, we can break free from the ‘nanny state’ oppression that tells us we are all going to crash, it’s just a matter of minimising the impact, and enjoy the motoring experience in safety, after all?

    The answer to these, and many other questions in relation to the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ that is the open speed limits of the Northern Territory should be put to all state and territory governments, as well as the federal government – who’s job is to act in the best interests of Australian road users when it comes to effective life saving measures, as the evidence is before them, that ‘speed’ is not the enemy, and people are capable of self-regulation for the safety of themselves and others on our roads.

    Blog written by
    Judith Kuerschner
    Senate Candidate for South Australia
    Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

  • 24 Jun 2016 6:09 PM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    S.A Senate Candidate for the Motoring Enthusiast Party, Nathan Green visits High Performance Diesel at Edwardstown, South Australia.

    The Motoring Enthusiast Party values sensible legislation for the growth and prosperity of the Motoring Industry and Motoring Activities within Australia. Senate Candidate, Nathan Green is a local Adelaide representative for the party and an active motorsport participant and was very keen to visit the guys at High Performance Diesel and have a tour around the workshop.

    Business owner Dave Mitchell takes pride in explaining the growth that High Performance Diesel has experienced over the past 5 years. "We have outgrown our current space and recently set up an additional factory to meet demand. Just this week we have secured a third facility nearby which will allow us to grow at a faster rate to meet global demand for our expanding range of intercooler and performance upgrades for the SUV and 4X4 market."

    The company shifted from a motorsports focus some 5 years ago and intensified research and development in upgrades for the burgeoning diesel powered 4x4 and Sport Utility Vehicle Market.

    "Having robust, sensible and sustainable legislation surrounding vehicle regulations as well as the regulatory impacts that small to medium manufacturing enterprise have to deal with every day is very important to us and our ability to compete in the global marketplace" Says Dave.

    The company exports to all corners of the globe and is enjoying good growth in the current economic environment, mainly due to the technologically advanced nature of the products and the attractive exchange rate.

    As the market leader in High Performance Diesel upgrades in Australia, HPD is continually forging ahead with its ever expanding range of high quality products.

    For more information on High Performance Diesel and their range of products, visit www.hpdiesel.com.au


  • 24 Jun 2016 12:30 PM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    Judith saw her husband die in front of her in a tragic motorcycle crash. Now this brave woman is running for the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party with a message about ‪#‎speedcameras‬‪#‎roadsafety‬and ‪#‎drivereducation‬

    http://motorbikewriter.com/candidate-says-speed-cameras-ineffective/

    Want to know more about Judith Kuerschner checkout out our Senate Candidate page.



  • 23 Jun 2016 11:05 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    The campaign trail shifted up a gear this week with Ricky taking on Derryn Hinch in a debate on Radio 3AW and smashing it, and we got to know NSW Senate Candidate Rob Bryden a little better with his personal video about the urgent need for reform around vehicle standards.  Well done to both Ricky and Rob and the Teams supporting them.

    Checkout these videos

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hGhvH5jzU&app=desktop

    https://web.facebook.com/robbrydenforsenate/videos 

    Senate Candidates, Nathan Green and Judith Kuerschner have been rallying the troops in South Australia and have plastered the State with AMEP Corflute Signs. They are running a strong grassroots campaign and there is plenty of support for AMEP in SA. This week both Nathan and Judith are taking part in a meet the Candidates public forum at the Adelaide Town Hall.

    https://web.facebook.com/AustralianMotoringEnthusiastPartyofSA/?fref=ts 

    Want to know more about our Senate Candidates, click here.

    With the countdown on until Election Day, we are asking all motoring enthusiasts to spread the word... VOTE #1 AMEP in the Senate and as many other minor parties as you can - all above the line.

    If you would like to be a part of the team on election day, let us know.


  • 09 Jun 2016 10:53 AM | Sharyn Littler (Administrator)

    Two separate federal government reviews have recommended that, with appropriate structures in place, Australian citizens should be permitted to freely import used vehicles from overseas for their own use. Both reviews made the suggestion that any used vehicle up to the age of 5 years old should be considered eligible.  Why is the Government still afraid to discuss this?

    Kristian Appelt from Iron Chef Imports is a proud member of the AMEP and the MAC, and continues to be a voice of reason regarding this important issue.

    Checkout his latest article...
    http://www.ironchefimports.com/2016/06/09/imported-cars-and-the-media-why-you-only-hear-one-side-of-the-argument/

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