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.

DLP Launches Campaign in NSW

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The NSW Democratic Labour Party (DLP) campaign was launched at Lambton Bowling Club on Saturday.

Senate candidates Paul McCormack and Dawn Willis, along with the candidate for Newcastle Stuart Southwell, announced several policies that the DLP will be pursuing in this election and in parliament if elected. Mr McCormack explained that, as it has been in the past, the DLP could once again be a responsible balance-of-power party in the Senate that placed the family and small business at the centre of Australia’s economy and society.

Housing affordability was raised as one of the most significant issues facing Australians, with Mr Southwell stating that “home ownership should not only be for the rich or two-income families.” The DLP announced it would reduce housing costs by restricting foreign investment into the Australian residential market through taxing foreign investors, with other measures to be investigated.

Senate candidate Dawn Willis spoke passionately about the DLP’s support for a plebiscite on marriage. The DLP provided the Liberal party with legislation calling for a Marriage referendum three days before former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his intention to seek a referendum or plebiscite on the matter. The DLP hopes to see that legislation brought up in the next parliament.

The “Safe Schools” program is also clearly in the sights of the DLP. Mr Southwell and Mrs Willis stated that, while youth suicide was a significant issue and bullying was never acceptable, “Safe Schools” had nothing to do with bullying and was simply designed to indoctrinate children into the radical sexual and gender ideology of the Greens. Mr Southwell also argued that the Greens’ education policies attacked the “right of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

Mr Southwell criticised political correctness, stating his concern that our society was starting to value “Freedom from speech more than freedom of speech.”

The Democratic Labour Party is in column H of the NSW senate ballot paper.

Media Release – DLP Vindicated with AEC Registration

DLP Media Release – AEC reregistration 11 March 2016 (PDF version)

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Media Release: On the Question of Marriage a Referendum is the Democratic Answer

DLP Media Reliease: On the Question of Marriage, a Referendum is the Democratic Answer
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The Democratic Labour Party has thrown its full support behind the call for a referendum to resolve the ongoing debate on marriage.

DLP Federal Secretary Steve Campbell said the party believes this must be presented to the people of Australia.

“The Democratic Labour Party strongly supports Minister Scott Morrison’s call for a referendum to resolve the Marriage question once and for all.”

“We would also like to congratulate the Prime Minister for his strong stand and for demonstrating true leadership for his party and for the government.”

“Something as fundamental to the structure of the family and therefore of society itself cannot be decided on a vote by a handful of Parliamentarians, it can only be determined by the people, by society itself.”

“Surely those who have been telling us that 70 or 80% of Australians support same sex marriage would welcome the chance to be proven right, unless they think those figures may not be as accurate as previously stated.”

“If you ask any ordinary Australian, whichever side of the debate they take, every one of them believe a referendum is the fairest and most democratic way to end this debate once and for all.”

“The Federal DLP and its members Australia-wide have consistently expressed their support for Traditional Marriage. The DLP believes we should now enter a period of respectful discussion and debate, free from slurs and intimidation, culminating in a question being put to the Australian people in a Referendum during the next term of Government.”

“We will be supporting this call at the next Federal election and beyond.”

 

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Contact: Federal Secretary Stephen Campbell 0438 650 776

Media Release: Federal Party De-Registration

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Resignation: Senator John Madigan

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DLP signs joint statement with Australian Christians and Rise Up Australia

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The Victorian Branch of the DLP today co-signed a “Public Assurance of Cooperation” with the Australian Christians and the Rise Up Australia Party.

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18 August 2014

Victorian Branch elects new State Executive

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1 August 2014