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 infultrated 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 in the late 1980s and early 1990s would have abolished the need for the DLP to ever exist again.

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.

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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 recent weeks 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.

Further, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has 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.

Clearly, the DLP still has a relevant purpose to serve, and it’s a very important one. This election, make your vote count. Vote Democratic Labour Party.

Investing superannuation funds in a way that most benefits Australia

The commencement of infrastructure projects is vital for Australia, yet we are hampered by debt and the lack of capital for long-term investments.

One way of providing such capital is by directing superannuation funds into infrastructure projects that are of long-term national interest.

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Employers are required by law to contribute 9 per cent (in some cases more) of each worker’s salary to a fund – in other words a tax levied for the express purpose of self-funding retirement benefits.

These funds choose to invest the proceeds wherever, and however, they want. Much of the proceeds are invested overseas, where the risk can be much more difficult to assess and which generates no home-grown advantages.

There is no obligation to invest even part of their funds, or at least to give preference to investing part of their funds, in infrastructure projects that directly benefit the Australian economy and employment.

Further, of the many billions of dollars held by superannuation funds, very little is re-invested back into the regions.

Surely it is perfectly reasonable for people living in rural and regional Australia to desire to ensure, that the superannuation that each person contributes to, should be equitably re-invested into that part of the country that they are living and employed in?

The Democratic Labour Party believes that this is an area that merits significant consideration, and will support ways that encourage funds to invest in Australian infrastructure projects, and in regional and rural Australia.

To view the DLP’s full superannuation policy, click here.

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

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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

If either the Liberals or ALP gain control of the Senate with the Greens at the next election, then same-sex marriage will become a reality.

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

Both the Liberals and the ALP 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.

This election, make your vote count. Vote Democratic Labour Party.

Farmers should have the right to say what happens on their land

 

“The Victorian Government put a coal mining licence on my farm without asking me and that really annoyed me … The DLP policy is that farmers should have the right to say what happens on their land.”

– Bacchus Marsh resident Mark Farrell

 

Mark lives with his wife and three children in the outskirts of Bacchus Marsh, where he’s been running his own business in agricultural products for over 16 years.

Before making a home in the country, Mark  grew up in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne where he went to school at De La Salle and played over 250 games of football for De La Salle, Ormond and Caulfield Grammar.

Mark truly believes that the DLP can make a difference in regional Victoria. Mark has seen politicians become increasingly detached from every-day Australians, especially those living away from the big cities.

On the other hand, the DLP is a party made up of ordinary hard working Australians, people of principle, who love their country and want to bring it something better.

 

A vote for the DLP is a vote for a party not tied to big businesses or unions, a vote for a party comprised of every-day Australians who care about their communities.

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A State Development Bank will provide much needed long-term funding

Infrastructure has been one of the hot topics for this year’s Victorian State Election. Both major parties are desperately competing to win the public with their infrastructure policies. It’s fair to say that the approach has been a bit like “whatever you can do, I can do better”.

The DLP has long supported the idea of Development Banks 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 Victorian 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 Victorian economy
  • 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 Victoria’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 State 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 enterprises.

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.

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 a strong, self-sustaining Victorian economy draws on the 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 for example.  Our mud map of the German approach is this:

  • 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 often based on cooperative principles, provide a shock absorber during lean times.

 

The DLP has also long advocated for the establishment of a Federal Development Bank.

 

What we will do:

If the DLP is successful in winning a seat within the Victorian Parliament, we will:

  • in our maiden speech, explain our commitment to distributive principles and the introduction of a State Development Bank;
  • within 12 months, present a plan to State Parliament on the implementation of the Bank.

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Michael Murphy, 14 Coventry Place, South Melbourne

Expand palliative care services

The DLP has a long standing commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in our community. In light of this year’s Victorian State Election, the DLP’s pledge to expand palliative care services is a core component of this commitment.

Presently in Victoria there are some outstanding palliative care services which seek to alleviate the pain and suffering of individuals who are in the last stages of their life. However, palliative care provision in Victoria is currently between 16% and 40% less than required to meet current need.

elderly handsThe DLP believes that all Victorians should have access to such services, without the fear of being a burden, the fear of being alone, or the fear of unbearable pain.

These fears, amongst a complexity of other factors, contribute to coercion to sign ‘Advanced Care Plans’ where ‘early exit’ is favoured.  If euthanasia laws are ever enacted in Victoria, coercion to euthanasia is also a very real danger, based on these fears.

The DLP believes that the only real alternative to euthanasia and assisted suicide lies in providing loving, competent and compassionate care to people with severe disabilities and/or to people who are dying.

The DLP believes that legislation of euthanasia and assisted suicide is completely unnecessary, in light of advances within medicine and alternative medicine for effective pain relief, and the development of modern methods of palliative care.

The DLP believes in offering people choices regarding end of life care, including an emphasis on identifying and treating depression.  To offer such choices, the DLP will promote:

  • greater acknowledgement of, and support for, unpaid carers (usually family members) in end of life care;
  • palliative care as a core business component in aged care services;
  • palliative care services appropriate for younger people;
  • the early identification and treatment of depression for people who are ill; and
  • widespread public access to education around the implications of advanced care directives, and the promotion of positive images of palliative care.

What we will do:

If the DLP is successful in winning a seat within the Victorian Parliament, we will:

  • in our maiden speech, promote a positive image of palliative care, including an acknowledgement of the need to expand access to services;
  • pursue the expansion of palliative care services through negotiations with the Health and Community Services portfolios;
  • speak out against advanced care directives which promote the early termination of life;
  • negotiate with the government of the day, to ensure that the expansion of palliative care, and the promotion of positive images of palliative care, receives full support.

The DLP will never support legislation which promotes euthanasia or assisted suicide.  If such legislation is introduced in Victoria, the DLP will lead a movement against this which will involve active negotiations within government as well as a broad community campaign.

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Michael Murphy, 14 Coventry Place, South Melbourne

DLP vows to reform poker machine laws

The DLP has a long history of standing up for the most disadvantaged communities in our society. This Victorian Election, the DLP remains committed to reforming poker machine laws.

As Peter Kavanagh, our most recent DLP Victorian member of parliament said in his maiden speech:

What is loosely called “addiction to gambling” is destroying the lives of some people and spurring crime. Gambling brings many millions of dollars to the government but at a catastrophic cost to some families and individuals. I believe that our present poker machine policies and practices exploit the poor, the lonely and the ignorant and should be changed. I think we have an obligation to ensure that gambling is sensibly and effectively regulated in such a way as to minimise problem gambling.

We understand that tens of millions of dollars are lost by Victorians each year in this industry.  In 2010, the Productivity Commission found that Victoria has the highest prevalence towards poker machine use in Australia.

Often, it is the people who can least afford to lose who bear the brunt of these losses.  The DLP also acknowledges the impact on families of problem gamblers, and the problems they face.
Tim Costello, a strong advocate for harm minimisation practices wrote:

Because most Australians don’t play poker machines, most are unaware of the risks involved…

Poker machine addiction affects individuals, families and communities and disproportionately affects people who are already financially vulnerable.  Poker machine venues are most strongly concentrated in poorer suburbs and areas…

The social costs of poker machine addiction are high, including relationship breakdown, mental health problems, unemployment, debt, financial hardship, theft and other crime, social isolation and all too often, suicide…

sadThere is one very simple way in which harm can be reduced at the pokies.  It is widely accepted that limiting the maximum bet on poker machines to $1 (down from up to $5 at present), and limiting losses to a maximum of $120 per hour, will reduce problem gambling.  This solution targets problem gamblers only, and would have little to no impact on recreational gamblers.

Harm could be further minimised through the identification of problem gamblers within gambling establishments.  While this is already a requirement of the Victorian Responsible Codes of Conduct, the DLP would seek to enforce this within venues – requiring staff to actively participate in harm minimisation practices.

 

What we will do:

If the DLP is successful in winning a seat within the Victorian Parliament, we will:

  • In our maiden speech, reaffirm our commitment to gambling reform, with an emphasis on harm minimisation for problem gamblers, which effects not only the gambler themselves, but also their families;
  • Introduce a private members bill which will: introduce $1 bets and maximum of $120 per hour losses;
  • Initiate a trial into the identification of problem gamblers within venues, and use this strategy to inform recommendations to government;
  • Negotiate with the government of the day, to ensure that these reforms receive full support.

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Michael Murphy, 14 Coventry Place, South Melbourne

Amend Victorian Abortion Laws, starting with Section 8!

Victorian abortion laws are amongst the worst in the world. They allow abortion ‘on-demand’ (without reason) up to 24 weeks, and abortion right up until birth, including partial-birth abortion, with signatures from just two doctors (which may be two abortionists and hence easy to obtain).

Other abhorrent things aside, these laws shamefully compel medical practitioners to comply. In other words, medical practitioners are not granted freedom of conscience if they have a conscientious objection to abortion. They are forced to perform an abortion or be party to it by referring a patient to another practitioner who will.

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Many changes are required to the laws. However, the DLP views Section 8 as the first that needs to be redressed. Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, entitled “Obligations of registered health practitioner who has conscientious objection” details the current “responsibilities” of medical practitioners, specifically doctors and nurses.

Section 8 restricts medical practitioners’ freedom of speech and of conscience. Personal beliefs about abortion aside, many people in the community support the right of medical practitioners to these important freedoms.

Indeed, hundreds of Victorian doctors have joined together in calling for changes to the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008.

Conscientious Objection is a fundamental principle of the medical and nursing professions, and is enshrined in the ethical and conduct codes of the AMA, the ANF, the NHMRC and the Australian Medical Council.

Furthermore, Section 8 sets a very dangerous precedent towards coercing medical practitioners to perform other acts which may go against their conscience, such as euthanasia, the sterilisation of people with disabilities and infanticide on grounds of genetic defects or disability.

Section 8 has already been intimidating practitioners into compliance. In 2013, Dr Mark Hobart was investigated by the Medical Board of Victoria, for refusing to refer a couple who came to him requesting an abortion on the grounds of gender selection (the woman was pregnant with a girl, but the couple wanted a boy).

There have been other anecdotal stories which indicate to us that doctors and nurses are being threatened and pressured to be on rotations at hospitals where abortions are performed, and to refer under threat of physical violence or legal action.

 

Many changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 are needed, including:

  • introducing a two week waiting period for any abortion;
  • banning the partial-birth method of abortion;
  • banning abortions on the basis of gender selection;
  • providing pain relief to babies being aborted;
  • requiring medical practitioners to resuscitate and care for babies who survive abortion attempts;
  • ensuring informed consent for abortions and expanding the options presented to women requesting abortions, such as counselling and adoption options.

 

What we will do:

If the DLP is successful in winning a seat within the Victorian Parliament, we will:

  • in our maiden speech, establish our sincere commitment to abortion reform , speaking about the reforms needed to the Act overall;
  • at the earliest opportunity, introduce a private member’s bill calling for the repeal of Section 8;
  • within 6 months, launch a campaign to reform further sections of the Act, in conjunction with a broad range of supporters from pro-life and health organisations;
  • negotiate with the government of the day to ensure these reforms receive full consideration;
  • promote the expansion of ‘choice’ through counselling and adoption, and campaign for open adoptions in Victoria;
  • promote free grief counselling for women who have suffered from past abortions.

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Michael Murphy, 14 Coventry Place, South Melbourne

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.

Living in a sea of uncertainty…Which party can we trust for the future?

By Andrew Kis-Rigo, DLP Candidate for McMillan

 

Living in a sea of uncertainty, which party can we trust for the future?

  • NOT one with the best spin doctors, be they Green or any other
  • NOT those for whom things like satisfying big business or pushing for gay “marriage” are more important than your family

When it comes to the crunch, a party will act in accordance with its rock bottom values, its real vision for society

 

AKR

 

The Democratic Labour Party is about:

  • The flourishing of families; all mums, dads, children, grandparents
  • Defending the dignity of workers, fair wages and conditions, job creation and job security
  • Defending small business from big business, bureaucracy and the Greens
  • Standing with the sick and vulnerable, and their carers
  • Standing up for our best traditions, like the fair go for all including the last and the least; valuing natural justice; man-woman marriage not same-sex ‘marriage’; freedom for religious faith

Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root – G.K Chesterton

 

That is our vision, all our policies flow from that.

A wide range of practical policies like superannuation for carers, free sports injury insurance for amateur sports people – to support healthy sports and families that build community, better trading terms for small business, school education vouchers to give parents control over education, establishing a Federal Development Bank, abolishing carbon taxes and emission trading schemes, and many more.

 

And what is the ALP really about, today?

There may still be a few decent Labor politicians and policies left as remnants, but for most of those who control the ALP, their “progressive” ideology and connections come first. With lots of spin, all the time.

Their real commitment is to holding power over ordinary people, and to pushing deceptive projects  –  various tricks of social engineering like same-sex “marriage” disguised as “marriage equality”, or restricting our freedom of speech and religion – down our throats.

And getting fat salaries for all that, from our taxes.

The DLP has the vision

The ALP has the spin

…and the Greens have the spin doctors

 

The ALP has become Fake Labor. A current example from our community:

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

 

 

Use your vote to make a difference this Federal Election. Vote for the labour party that upholds our best traditions, values and principles. Vote DLP.