Pat Dodson articulates the DLP policy on Indigenous Affairs

Sensible decisions can only be made when they are made with the input and support of the Indigenous communities they are going to effect.

“Indigenous communities need to be part of the solution. Top down measures don’t work.” Senator Pat Dodson

The following is an article in which Senator Pat Dodson decries the fact that Indigenous communities have had to endure policies dreamed up by authorities who have never and will never suffer the consequences of those policies.

The DLP expects that all decisions effecting local communities, Indigenous and otherwise, must be done with the full consultation of the members of those communities.  

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/22/indigenous-communities-need-to-be-part-of-the-solution-top-down-measures-dont-work?CMP=share_btn_fb

Banned West Papua independence petition handed to UN

Document outlawed by Indonesia was ‘smuggled from one end of Papua to the other’ and signed by 70% of the population.

Australia must support the pleas of the West Papuans on the floor of the United Nations. The DLP is committed to the cause of the West Papuan people.

The following story in the Guardian explains how 1.8 million West Papuans have taken an incredibly brave and dangerous stand against the threats of the Indonesian military in the hope that the world will finally open its eyes to the atrocities they have endured for over 50 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/banned-west-papua-independence-petition-un

 

DLP members vote NO to same sex marriage

Australians are fair and reasonable people. We may disagree with each other on many issues but we never stop those we disagree with from having their say. While the DLP does not agree with same sex marriage we believe those who do believe in it are entitled to have their say. That is a basic principle of our democratic society. Anyone abusing or threatening another because they hold a different view are neither a fair minded or democratic Australian.

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West Papua Independence Day

West-Papua-Flag-300x182The 1st of December, marks West Papua’s original independence day when the Morning Star flag was first raised in 1961.

The Dutch had prepared West Papua for independence. However, within months, the Indonesian military invaded – determined to include the resource-rich land as part of their nation.
The United Nations declared that West Papuans were to be given the “opportunity to exercise freedom of choice” through consultation and a referendum, with voting rights for all adult males and females. However, it was only a bogus referendum that followed, with 1026 Papuans (out of 1 million) picked to vote in 1969. Under severe duress, including threats of torture and death, they voted to remain part of Indonesia. The UN shamefully sanctioned the result.

Since then, West Papuans have been slaughtered, tortured, raped, culturally oppressed, discriminated against, denied the most fundamental freedoms and have seen their homes burned to the ground.  

The Morning Star flag is recognised as the national flag of West Papua and continues to be the defining symbol for a Free West Papua – “Parpua Merdeka”. Today it is illegal to raise this flag in West Papua and people who do face arrest, torture and long jail sentences. On this day, people from around the world raise the Morning Star flag to stand in solidarity with the West Papuans. Over the past several years the international community, including a number of the Pacific nations, has become increasingly aware of the West Papua situation and is advocating for their freedom. 

The Democratic Labour Party maintains its position that there must be a new, and proper, vote for independence by the indigenous people of West Papua.

In keeping with our long held position the DLP calls on the Australian Government ro show support for the plight of the people of West Papua by establishing a West Papuan Solidarity Day, including a public raising of the Morning Star Flag on 1 December each year until a United Nations supervised free vote is held.

The Democratic Labour Party Federal Secretary, Stephen Campbell, states that the DLP believes there has been a decades long cover up by consecutive Australian governments who have turned a blind eye to the sufferings of the West Papuan people in return for favourable treatment by the Indonesian government.

“West Papua was forcibly annexed by Indonesia in 1962 and since that time the West Papuan people have suffered from atrocities such as torture, murder, rape, oppression, forced removal of their children, and other crimes against humanity by the Indonesian authorities.”

“Surely history has taught us that no good can come by ignoring the sufferings of oppressed people” Mr Campbell stated.

“How can we, as Australians, deal with any nation who can invade a neighbouring country then treat the citizens of that country with the sort of inhumane treatment the Indonesians have handed out to the West Papuans? Has East Timor taught us nothing?”

The Democratic Labour Party is calling for all political parties to join them in their call for a nation-wide Solidarity Day in support of the West Papuans commencing on December 1st 2017 and continuing until a free vote is held under the supervision of the United Nations.

 

DLP calls for a nation-wide Solidarity Day in support of West Papuans on December 1st

The Democratic Labour Party has continued its call from 2016 that the Australian Government show support for the plight of the people of West Papua by establishing a West Papuan Solidarity Day, including a public raising of the Morning Star Flag on 1 December each year until a United Nations supervised free vote is held.

The Democratic Labour Party Federal Secretary, Stephen Campbell, states that the DLP believes there has been a decades long cover up by consecutive Australian governments who have turned a blind eye to the sufferings of the West Papuan people in return for favourable treatment by the Indonesian government.

“West Papua was forcibly annexed by Indonesia in 1962 and since that time the West Papuan people have suffered from atrocities such as torture, murder, rape, oppression, forced removal of their children, and other crimes against humanity by the Indonesian authorities.”

“Surely history has taught us that no good can come by ignoring the sufferings of oppressed people” Mr Campbell stated.

“How can we, as Australians, deal with any nation who can invade a neighbouring country then treat the citizens of that country with the sort of inhumane treatment the Indonesians have handed out to the West Papuans? Has East Timor taught us nothing?”

The Democratic Labour Party is calling for all political parties to join them in their call for a nation-wide Solidarity Day in support of the West Papuans commencing on December 1st 2017 and continuing until a free vote is held under the supervision of the United Nations.

 

Australia needs a Development Bank

Infrastructure has been one of the most hotly disputed topics in previous Federal and State elections. Both major parties have been desperately competing to win the public with their infrastructure policies. It’s fair to say that the approach of both parties has been a bit like “whatever you can do, I can do better”.

The DLP has long supported the idea of Development Banks (State and Federal) to drive long-term investment such as that needed for infrastructure. This policy stance stems from the DLP objective to “establish the economic foundations for a self-reliant and secure Australia.”

Such a bank will greatly relieve budgetary restraints. It would be Australian owned and operated, external to the Treasury and ongoing budget requirements.

 

In short, a State Development Bank will:finance

  • Build ongoing revenue for infrastructure, regional development and other long-term projects
  • Engage in and benefit from its long-term projects
  • Have a positive development and stabilising effect on the Federal and State economies
  • Relieve state budgetary restraints
  • Encourage innovation
  • Not interfere with private banking, but rather free up funds used by government for infrastructure borrowing
  • Eliminate or reduce the need for governments to seek funding in foreign markets
  • Potentially buy into selected industries to protect Australia’s economic sovereignty

 

The finance market is bound to have a shortage of long-term capital, as savers typically look for more short-term, “liquid” investments which results in inadequate investment in sectors with potential for long-term growth. Infrastructure is a key example, as it requires long-term investment and is a prerequisite for and a facilitator of growth in other sectors.

A Development Bank would use its funds to finance public and private enterprises, mostly for infrastructure and long-term investment, but also for regional development and capital for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Unlike investment banks, a development bank would give priority to the financing of projects that yield substantial social and environmental as well as economic benefits. Before financing projects, while requiring a minimum financial rate of return, a development bank would also make economic, social and environmental appraisals of those projects.

Federal and State-owned banks such as the one proposed here should not be compared to commercial banks and judged on their profitability, but judged on the basis of their development and stabilising effect.

The DLP’s aim to build strong, self-sustaining Federal and State economies draws on the successful German experience.

Germany represents an example of an advanced, high-wage economy with generous conditions for workers being able to run a profitable manufacturing sector.  

Basically the German approach is:

  • Commitment to high-end manufacturing;
  • Reputation for quality and prestige;
  • Flexibility and productivity in the workplace that allows for good wages without sacrificing competitive advantage;
  • Integrated educational and training approach to maintain a supply of well trained employees in all areas of the business and service industries;
  • Adoption of the Mittelstand approach, where vast numbers of SMEs, many based on cooperative principles, provide a shock absorber during lean times.

 

The DLP remains committed to the establishment of Federal and State Development Banks to ensure the long term security of Australia’s economy.

Parliamentary Statement on the DLP seat of Western Metropolitan

Members are aware of the unethical behaviour of Cory Bernardi and Rachel Carling-Jenkins when they conspired to take the legislative council seat of Western Metropolitan to which the DLP had been elected by the voters of that region.

The state executive has contacted the Governor of Victoria and the President of the Legislative Council and advised that we consider the defection of Rachel Carling-Jenkins to have caused a casual vacancy. We requested that a joint session of parliament be called at which the seat could be filled by a DLP nominee. 

In response, the Governor referred the executive to the President of the Legislative Council. The President responded to the request of the state executive and advised that he considered that under the circumstances there was no casual vacancy and as such a joint session of parliament would not be called.

On Tuesday 22nd August 2017 the President, the Hon Bruce Atkinson, made the following statement to the Legislative Council.

“I just want to make another shorter statement to the house to clarify another matter — that is, a member changing party or affiliation and casual vacancies. As the house has been advised, Dr Carling-Jenkins has changed parties. She was elected as a member of the DLP and has now joined the Australian Conservatives. The DLP sought advice from me, and indeed from the Governor, as to whether or not Dr Carling-Jenkins was entitled to continue as a member of this place or whether they were able to seek to nominate a new member of Parliament, given that she had been elected as a member of the party on the occasion of the last state election. So I make the following statement. 

As this house will be aware, one of its members has recently changed their party affiliation. The house has also experienced on a number of occasions the resignation of a Council member leading to a casual vacancy. It is important that I take this opportunity to remind the house of the distinction between these two actions and certain requirements under the Constitution Act 1975 when a Council member’s seat becomes vacant. 

Firstly, the action of a member resigning from one political party and joining another party does not cause their seat to become vacant. The member may have changed their political party but importantly they have not resigned as a member of the Council, and as such no vacancy would exist. This is consistent with various changes in elected members’ party affiliations throughout Australian Parliaments in the past, including this one. Further, individual candidates, not political parties, are elected to seats in the Council and sworn in as members. 

The Constitution Act outlines various circumstances in which a Council member’s seat becomes vacant, such as a resignation. Section 30 of the Constitution Act 1975 states: ‘A member may resign his or her seat by a letter addressed to the Governor and on its receipt by the Governor the seat of such member shall become vacant’. It is upon receipt of such advice from the Governor that this house proceeds to fill a casual vacancy through a joint sitting. 

However, section 27A of the Constitution Act states that if a casual vacancy occurs, it is filled in a joint sitting by nomination of the registered political party that endorsed the member as a candidate at the previous election. In other words, if a member changes party affiliations mid-term and subsequently resigns, the political party that originally endorsed the candidate at the state election will be required to nominate a replacement. 

I think that is probably an understood position. It might not just be a resignation of course; they might go to God”.

Members are naturally disappointed by this outcome but should be encouraged by the fact that since the defection of Rachel Carling-Jenkins the party has gained more members than it has lost. 

We will continue to pursue the election of ethical and principled members of parliament and expect to win back the seat of Western Metropolitan, and others, at the next state election.

I would personally like to extend my thanks to all those members who have contacted me with their words of support as well as their financial support for the future of the party.

In unity

Stephen Campbell

Victorian State Secretary

The Safe Schools Program, Communism, and the DLP

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was born out of the need to protect Australians from the increasing presence of communist influence within the labour movement back in the 1950s.

Communist ideologues infiltrated trade unions affiliated with the ALP and were able to dictate ALP policy in critical areas, which in those days included matters of foreign affairs and defence.

Dozens of ALP parliamentarians put their careers on the line by taking a principled stand in defending the labour movement from communism. They knew what was at stake; they knew that labour movement traditions of democracy, justice and fairness had been subverted.

Today’s DLP continues the fight of its predecessors.

One might have thought that the fall of communism internationally in the late 1980s and early 1990s would have ended its influence in policy matters in Australia.

However, the current controversy surrounding the ‘Safe Schools’ program and the recent suspension of the program’s chief architect and public face Roz Ward, proves that the opposite is in fact true.

Courtesy David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Courtesy Divid Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The program, which is endorsed and financially supported by the Victorian ALP Government as an anti-bullying program, has come under heavy public scrutiny in as its content and true intentions have been slowly unearthed.

Far from being an anti-bullying program, ‘Safe Schools’ has been found to be stringently ideologically driven in its teaching of a contested and controversial form of gender ideology, and there is now widespread awareness that it has social re-engineering as its ultimate purpose.

Ms Ward is a seasoned Marxist activist, and her Marxist leanings have been well-known. However, as the program’s content and true purpose was unveiled, and following some radical comments she posted on social media, Ms Ward resigned from her advisory role with the Victorian government and was suspended by her employer, La Trobe University.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham also called for Ms Ward to step down from the national steering committee for Safe Schools Coalition Australia, which has already severed its ties with the Victorian branch.

Clearly, the influence of radical left-wing ideology is still alive and well in Australia. ‘Safe Schools’ is nothing other than a continuation of the Marxist quest to destroy traditional structures and values, without you knowing about it and while you pay for it, under the guise of anti-bullying.

The bullying of any child, for any reason, is undesirable and unacceptable. Equally undesirable and unacceptable, is the indoctrination of our children in our schools by programs driven by radical ideologies, used as a platform for Marxist social engineering.

The DLP still has a reason to continue its defence of Australian principles and values against the infiltration of dangerous Socialist and Communist ideologies. 

Australian Conservatives poach DLP seat

The DLP state seat of Western Metropolitan, occupied by Rachel Carling-Jenkins, has been poached by Cory Bernardi and the Australian Conservatives.

 

Neither Bernardi nor any member of his party have made any contact with the state or federal executives of the DLP. We were recently made aware that Rachel and Cory Bernardi have been ‘in discussion’ for some time but her decision to leave and take the DLP seat with her was only advised on Saturday evening.

The party naturally expects Rachel to vacate the seat to allow the DLP to continue representing the people of Western Metropolitan as per their intention when they voted for the DLP at the last state election.

While the DLP has no way of removing Rachel from the seat we call upon her to do the right thing and step aside. Rachel has every right to leave the DLP to join the Australian Conservatives and to stand for them at the next election. However, what we do not accept is her intention to take a DLP seat to a party that has never stood for election in Victoria and is not even registered.

The DLP acknowledges that Rachel has been an outstanding Member of Parliament and to date has carried out her role as a DLP representative with dignity and integrity. The friendship and support offered and shared with her by the party and its members has been a uniting factor after a previously troubled time. We will always be grateful for Rachel’s time with us, though clearly, we are disappointed to see it end in this manner.

We are the pro-family party and here’s the proof

Both the Liberal Party and the ALP talk about being pro-family but the simple fact is that they are not.

They give nothing but lip service to the importance of the family.

Whether it be their leaders marching in the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras, professing their support for same-sex marriage, doing nothing to make changes to the income tax system to allow a parent to stay at home, or standing idly by and letting our children be indoctrinated in our schools with Marxist and anti-family propaganda, both the Libs and the ALP are not fair dinkum about supporting the traditional family.

The Democratic Labour Party, on the other hand, has always been pro-family and we have policies that recognise the family as the foundation of our civil society.

Using the income tax system to allow for stay-at-home parents

Courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Liberals and the ALP have done nothing to use the tax system to promote the ability for families to have one parent stay at home, not have to work and instead devote their energies to raising a family.

The DLP will introduce income tax splitting to allow the income of the working parent to be split with the stay-at-home parent for tax purposes, thereby giving them more after-tax income and removing the need for both parents to work.

Only the Democratic Labour Party is committed to changing the way the tax system unfairly and inequitably penalises families.

Maintaining the institution of traditional marriage

The Democratic Labour Party will defend and stand up for the institution of marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman. Only the DLP will make sure that the Marriage Act remains unchanged.

Protecting family values

The ALP, Greens and many Liberals support the Safe Schools program which is being used by socially radical groups as a way to indoctrinate our children into accepting ideologies and causes that are controversial and simply anti-family.

It’s not a matter of parents having a right to withdraw their child from classes dealing with such matters. Children should simply not be indoctrinated with radical social re-engineering in the first place.

The Democratic Labour Party will scrap the Safe Schools program and ensure that our schools are never again used as a platform for social engineering designed to denigrate those institutions which put the family at the centre of our society.

Instead, the DLP will promote proven anti-bullying programs that will not be used as a means to indoctrinate radical social ideology, and which will teach our children emotional intelligence, such as the RULER Program from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.