The Australian Democrats could, amongst other things, lay claim to being Australia's first enviromental party. However, they also were a fairly broad church party representing a range of "progressive" causes. In the analysis of its demise a number of potential causes can be identified. One was the agony caused by regular fracturing between the broad progressive causes - usually a fight amongst priorities. The second was the practical problem once a balance of power was achieved of having to make real choices about real issues rather than working in theory.
But a third was the emergence of a single issue environmental party, The Greens. This party was modelled on the party of the same name established in Germany then spreading across Europe.
I've noted the revived Democrats attempt to recreate its niche as the libertarian party. No sooner have they done so than the first vestiges of a new niche party in Europe has emerged.
Sweden is the first country to have outlawed peer-to-peer internet activities that mostly constitute copyright theft. The political response is the launch of a new political party called the Pirate Party.
The question is will this party also morph into an Australian version and steal the Democrats new chosen ground?