DLP contesting WA Senate election

Adrian Good

Adrian Good

The DLP will be contesting the WA Senate election on Saturday 5th April.

The DLP’s Lead Senate Candidate is Adrian Good, who is currently an engineer after serving for 22 years in the Royal Australian Air Force. He understands what it means to serve and he will bring this quality to the Senate.

Mr Good is passionate about what is best for Australia, not foreign competitors, and the best interests of all who live in this great country, not an elite few.

Mr Good stands by the DLP demand for restrictions on the foreign ownership of our land, our housing and our industries.

He will support Victorian DLP Senator John Madigan’s legislation for Fair Trade rather than Free Trade, by reining in the rampant Free Trade Agreements that are destroying our manufacturing, wiping out jobs and wrecking our economy.

Together with Victorian DLP Senator John Madigan, Mr Good would share the balance of power. These two senators will use that power the way it should be used: to keep our government accountable, to review every piece of legislation fairly and to make sure that every Australian continues to have a voice in their Senate. They will represent the Families, Workers and Communities who are ignored by the major parties.

The WA Senate Election is hotly contested, with over thirty minor parties vying for one of the six seats up for grabs. This Senate-only election takes place following the 1,370 WA Senate ballot papers that went missing in last year’s federal election, making it impossible to determine who won the final two tightly-contested seats.

The DLP is group ‘AB’ on the senate ballot paper, positioned near the right-hand end.

If you have any queries, please contact Campaign Manager Steve Campbell on 0438 650 776 or send an email to wasec@dlp.org.au


Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters

The Democratic Labour Party thanks everyone who supported or volunteered for the Party in any way during the 2013 Federal Election campaign. Whether it was letterboxing, handing out how-to-vote cards, donating funds or simply putting a 1 in the box for the DLP, the Party is very appreciative of all means of support no matter how great or small.

To all our supporters, volunteers and voters, thank you.

The results in the Senate have provided the Australian Parliament with a new host of small parties – Palmer United, Liberal Democrats, Family First, Australian Sports Party, and the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts who all look set to join DLP Senator John Madigan and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon in the cross benches, in what will be a shared balance of power in the Senate. Together, these small parties and independents will no doubt keep both major parties honest in the Senate.

The DLP increased its vote from the previous federal election in NSW (1.49% from 0.75%), Tasmania (0.77 from 0.47) and South Australia (0.97 from 0.67), with drops in Queensland (0.32 from 0. 46) and Victoria (0.68 from 2.33). We believe that, among other things, the drastic drop in Victoria was largely due to the DLP being positioned last out of 39 senate teams on the ballot paper and the Palmer United Party receiving a much higher vote than expected.

Overall, the DLP has learned much from the 2013 Federal Election campaign and will use this knowledge to build upon previous knowledge which will no doubt place the Party in good stead for future elections.

Notice regarding NSW senate preferences

We have received some inquiries as to why the DLP has preferenced One Nation high up on the New South Wales senate ticket.

During preference talks, we were assured by One Nation that they were a pro-life party and would vote our way on life issues. However, since the preferences were registered, it has become known that One Nation’s stance on certain life issues are in fact contrary to ours.



Mark Farrell
DLP Federal Secretary

Revisiting the DLP “Perspective”

The Constitution of the Democratic Labour Party contains three main sections: Perspective, Objectives, and Principles. Let’s take a look at the Perspective part, articles 5 to 10 of the DLP’s Constitution, and unpack a bit of what’s contained in this DLP treasure chest. It is from such a perspective our objectives and principles follow, and ultimately our policies and understanding of politics.


5. The Democratic Labour Party shall promote the political, social and economic order of the decentralist nation-community as a preferred alternative to the authoritarian rigidities of socialist-centralist control and the libertarian extremes of the capitalist global market.

When the DLP was founded back in 1955, the  presence of Communism was rife throughout the world. Mao Zedong controlled China and the Soviet Union was dominating Eastern Europe, imposing its socialist policies wherever it could. At home, the Communist Party of Australia wielded significant influence on trade unions and social movements. On the other hand, the DLP also recognised the extremes of the capitalist global market, a system which reduced the dignity of the working person by putting economics above people, reducing people to nothing more than a mere resource used in the pursuit of profit.

The DLP has always seen both these extremes as dangerous threats to the family unit and to the “fundamental and inalienable rights of each person embodied in the common law, statute and tradition – to life, to the essential liberties of conscience, to equality and natural justice, to ownership of property and to a livelihood that enhances the dignity, status and security of the person”.

It is from such a perspective that the DLP positioned itself as a “centrist” Party, disassociated from the extremes of both “left” and “right”, as best positioned to provide what is best for families, workers, communities, the nation, life.


6. The Democratic Labour Party shall embrace principles which are distributist, or decentralist, in basic tenet and which call for practical social justice, the widest possible distribution of political, social and economic power and a decentralised society.

This statement has its foundation on the principle of subsidiarity. This principle holds that no larger unit (whether social, economic, or political) should perform a function which can be performed by a smaller unit. Thus, any activity of production (the most important part of any economy!) ought to be performed by the smallest possible unit. Smaller units, families if possible, ought to be in control of the means of production, rather than the large units typical of modern economies. This leads into the economic philosophy of Distributism, which is explained on our Distributism page.

The essence of subsidiarity is concisely inherent in the Chinese maxim ‘Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day; teach the person to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’.


7. Democratic Labour Party policy shall be formulated to favour the smaller unit of responsibility and decision-making, rather than the larger, in government, business and community affairs.

Follows from the above points. It is the principle that local people should make local decisions.


8. In social policy the Democratic Labour Party shall recognise that rights and responsibilities that rest with individuals, families and the local community ought not to be relegated to larger social agencies or the state.

As an example, this would mean that as much as possible, welfare should be administered through families and communities rather than government. Obviously, this would go together with a policy framework which seeks to strengthen families and communities.


9. In economic policy the Democratic Labour Party shall acknowledge that the smaller unit in industry, commerce and the farming sector deserves protection from unfair competition or takeover by larger, more capitalised concerns.

For example, protection from a Woolworths/Coles-like duopoly over the market or cheap low-quality imports (such as the dumping of Brazilian oranges in Australia putting our own farmers out of business).


10. The Democratic Labour Party shall insist that functions of federal government should be exercised without encroachment on the rightful responsibilities of state and local administrations, or the communities they serve.

Federal government shouldn’t take over matters of which the decision-making and responsibilities should be with state and local governments. For example, in recent years we have seen the areas of education policy and health policy become more and more centralised within Federal Government. This also exists as a statement expressing the DLP’s support for the sovereignty of the States in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Senator Madigan joins The Ruddster in TV ads

DLP Senator John Madigan is in a series of TV ads with The Ruddster in the lead up to September 7. The ads are on now.

Senator Madigan, The Ruddster and Medibank

Spend our foreign aid wisely

Palmer says “we’re fair dinkum”… But they printed their election material in China

The following is taken from DLP Riverina candidate Paul Funnell’s blog.

Election campaigns are like pressure cookers. They expose the cracks in parties and candidates.

Pretty soon the disconnect between what people say and what people do gets exposed.

Yesterday, I received something in my letterbox.

It was an election DVD from the Palmer United Party.

It’s bright yellow cover (looking strangely familiar, sort of like DLP yellow) was headed with the words “We’re Fair Dinkum”. And there was a big picture of Clive on it, with his thumbs up.

But when you turn it over, in very very small print on the back, you see the whole thing was printed in China. Whoops!

At the DLP we have a strong “Made in Australia” ethos. We believe in it deeply.

All our material, whether during a campaign or otherwise, is made here, in this country, by Australians.

To do otherwise would be sheer hypocrisy.

A country is what a country makes.

Our Senator, John Madigan, helped launch the Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program.

The goal is to get politicians out of Canberra and into factories and on farms, to get them out into the real world, where things are made and things are grown.

So what Australian printers missed out on Clive Palmer’s campaign work because it was printed in China?

And what else is his party pushing out that was also made overseas in sweatshops or factories using cheap labour?

Really, we think it’s a disgrace – and more than anything, it makes any claims of being “Fair Dinkum” sound hollow and false.

And one more thing.

Every reference to the Prime Minister on Clive’s DVD is about Julia Gillard. That’s right. He uses her name repeatedly.

His whole strategy is not only built on a false promise – it’s out of date.

Clive’s jive, it seems, is just that.

palmer-1 palmer-2

DLP launches first in a series of TV ads

2013 Election: The “Ruddster” joins forces with the DLP


Senator Madigan visits DLP campaign in NSW

Senator John Madigan visited New South Wales on Friday to meet the DLP candidates and join in on a day of campaigning. The first stop was at TG Millner Sportsground, home of the Eastwood Football Club, where Senator Madigan and NSW DLP candidates launched the party’s sports policy. Following this was a visit to the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, where the party’s asylum seeker policy was launched. The final event for the day was a trip to the Central Coast, where together with candidate for Robertson Paul Sheeran, his campaign team and NSW senate candidate Dr Simon McCaffrey, Senator John Madigan, spoke on DLP small business policy. All three events attracted the attention of community and local media.

McCaffrey boys star in New South Wales

NSW lead senate candidate Simon McCaffrey and two of his sons Lachie and Angus made an appearance in the Daily Telegraph today. Lachie, 23, who scored for his Western Force side against the British and Irish Lions in June, is running in Liberal MP John Alexander’s seat of Bennelong while Angus is taking on Liberal MP and shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey in his seat of North Sydney.

“It is a dog-eat-dog sort of world. I think it might be tougher than playing the Lions – they are both pretty hard battles,” Lachie, an economics student from Hunters Hill, said.

An issue close to his heart is government-funded insurance of amateur sporting clubs.

“I’ve got a passion for giving all individuals the freedom of being able to play whatever sport they want. Governments are complaining about childhood obesity but are doing nothing to stop community sporting clubs from having to close down due to legal liabilities and costs,” he said.


Click this link to view the full Daily Telegraph article: Young candidates make their voices heard this election


DLP NSW Campaign Launch

The New South Wales Branch of the DLP will be launching three DLP policies at different locations this Friday 9th August:


10:30am Sports Policy Launch at TG Millner Field, Marsfield

12:30pm Asylum Seeker Policy Launch at Villawood Detention Centre

3:00pm Small Business Policy Launch at the East Gosford Village shops


Come along to say hi, learn more about the DLP and have a chat with DLP candidates.