Dr Carling-Jenkins to present at Cherish Life Annual Dinner

rachel-in-chamber2DLP member in the Victorian Parliament Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins will be presenting at the Cherish Life Annual Dinner on Thursday 20 October, in Brisbane.

Cherish Life president Julie Borger invites you to a night of inspiration and celebration as we step back for a moment from our current battles with the Pyne Bills. It is a time for the pro-life community to come together, hear inspirational speakers and support life among great company.

International author and speaker Kay Painter will speak on the effects of abortion and the opportunity for recovery.

If you would like to sit at the DLP table, please book at https://www.trybooking.com/NAOC and contact Terri Bell at qldsec@dlp.org.au or 0498 681 339.

Details

Date: Thursday 20 October
Venue: Fairways Room, Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Road, Indooroopilly.
Time: 6:45pm arrival for 7:15pm start
Cost: Adult $100, Students 13 years & up $75, Children 3-12 years $40.

Cherish Life website: www.cherishlife.org.au

Foreign multinational locks out Aussie workers, ALP nowhere to be seen

One would think that if there’s one thing the Australian Labor Party would do, it would be standing up for Australian workers. Apparently not so.

Let me take you on a trip to the Latrobe valley in Victoria. Just past Moe, we arrive at the Yallourn power station, which supplies the State with over 20 per cent of its power supply.

Energy Australia, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based China Light and Power, has locked out the unit control operators at its Yallourn power station, without pay, for the last seven weeks.

The company first locked out the 75 workers on June 21 after failed enterprise bargaining negotiations on conditions and shifts. These workers are members of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU)

Just after the lock out began, the workers were the subject of a disgraceful allegation that they had something to do with a fire in a circuit breaker. Energy Australia allowed this smear to circulate and it became front page news in the Herald Sun. However, it was later found that the fire was an accident, most likely caused by poor maintenance. The workers are yet to receive an apology.

These locked out workers are highly skilled – there is a worldwide shortage of unit control operators and these blokes could get highly paid work anywhere there are power stations in operation.

Energy Australia wants the Federal government to buy out the power station and close it down. Energy Australia is refusing to include consultation, staffing levels and job security clauses in the EBA – some of the major sticking points in the dispute with the workers.

Meanwhile, 75 workers are locked out of their workplace without pay and Energy Australia is refusing to negotiate.

These workers have families and mouths to feed.

DLP Senator John Madigan has travelled to Yallourn to where the workers have been locked out, bringing along food, supplies and even some financial aid. The workers were extremely grateful that they had the support of a politician, not just by words, but by action too.

Senator Madigan has tried hard to get the Victorian Government to have a better understanding of the situation, and even wrote a personal letter to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. However, not only did Mr Ryan rebuff the invitation, he launched a scathing assessment of the workers’ stance in a reply that contained factual errors and oversights on key aspects of the issue.

“Mr Ryan accuses the CMFEU of militant behaviour, yet the workers are merely seeking conditions that have been taken from them over a period of time … Contrary to Mr Ryan’s claims, a case could be made that it is the employer – Energy Australia – that is acting in a militant way by locking out these workers.” Senator Madigan said.

In the midst of all this turmoil, the Australian Labor Party is nowhere to be seen. The party that claims to be the workers party has refused to stand up for the workers.

Not one single ALP politician even attended the “A lockout is a cop out” rally in Melbourne on Friday in support of the locked out workers and their families.

The Democratic Labour Party, on the other hand, has been standing side-by-side with these workers all along.

While Senator Madigan was an apology at the rally due to being in Adelaide for an Industry Day promoting Australian manufacturing, farming and food processing, the DLP’s Victorian senate candidate Mark Farrell addressed the crowd on behalf of Senator Madigan and the DLP, to the applause and gratitude of the workers who know the DLP is out there to support them, just like any genuine labour party should.

 

 

 

 

 

These guys need our support

copoutEnergy Australia has locked out the unit control operators at its Yallourn W power station, without pay, for the last seven weeks.

These guys are highly skilled – there is a worldwide shortage of unit control operators and these blokes could get highly paid work anywhere there are power stations in operation.

Energy Australia wants the Federal government to buy out the power station and close it down. EA is refusing to include consultation, staffing levels and job security clauses in the EBA – some of the major sticking points in the dispute with the workers.

Given the failure of the contract for closure negotiations (part of the Clean Energy Future Plan Policy), designed supposedly to close down large polluting power stations, Energy Australia has initiated its own discussions with the Federal Government and Opposition and is holding this group of workers to ransom.

Not surprisingly, some of the blokes have told Energy Australia to get stuffed and resigned.

They are certainly not the first and won’t be the last group of workers to leave the Valley and find work elsewhere.

That could cause huge problems for Victorian power consumers, particularly if we have a hot summer and the summer peak can’t be met.

That type of scenario could black out Victoria and possibly the eastern seaboard. These guys need our support. A lockout is a cop out!

Come along to a rally in support for the 75 workers locked out by Energy Australia at the Yallourn Power station. It happens this Friday, Melbourne City Square, 11am.

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.

DLP launches new name and slogan in Melbourne

On Tuesday, the DLP launched its new name and 2013 campaign slogan at Federation Square in Melbourne.

DLP Senator John Madigan put on a blacksmithing display as he forged a branding iron of the letter U, which he then branded into the word laboUr on a sign displaying the DLP’s new name, ‘Democratic Labour Party’.

This spelling change was launched with the very apt slogan, ‘Putting YOU back into Labour”

The event also provided a great opportunity for passers-by to talk with DLP candidates, discussing many issues and learning more about the DLP.

 

DLP changes its name: ‘Labor’ to ‘Labour’

The Australian Electoral Commission has approved the DLP’s application to make an alteration to the spelling of its name.

The Party’s name has been changed from

‘Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia’

to

‘Democratic Labour Party (DLP)’

This change reflects the correct Australian spelling of the word ‘labour’ and further differentiates between the Democratic Labour and the Australian Labor parties.

The DLP has launched a slogan to go with the name, “Putting you back into Labour”

There will be a public launch on 23 July at Federation Square in Melbourne, check the event for further details!

Senator Madigan and Victorian Senate candidate Mark Farrell meet the Tamil community

Senator John Madigan and Victorian Senate Candidate Mark Farrell were invited to an afternoon tea held by the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) in Melbourne to give an overview of the DLP and what we stand for. Both John and Mark were very warmly received by the Tamil community, and spoke particularly on the issues of human rights, refugees, manufacturing and job security.

 

We thank the Tamil community for giving us the opportunity to meet and speak with them, and we look forward to future events.

 

3rd Annual Jack Kane Dinner

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Ballarat DLP Fundraiser

The Ballarat branch of the DLP will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday 6 July.

Time: 1:00pm til late
Location: the G-Place (Old Golden Point Primary School), Dunn and English Sts, Ballarat
Cost: $20 per adult, $50 per family
RSVP: 28 June
Contact: ballarat@dlp.org.au or call Rod on 0427 860 475

The day promises to be a fun and informative time for the whole family, with opportunities to learn about the DLP and the Party’s policies throughout the afternoon, followed by a BBQ dinner from 6pm (BYO drinks) and a Bush Dance with The Cotton Grinders bush band – Great family entertainment!