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

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

The DLP stands by Aussie farmers

The DLP has the policy model needed to revitalize and enshrine the future viability of our food production industry. 


The DLP’s policy for the citrus industry is as follows:


We will put an immediate ban on Brazilian concentrate.

We will also put a ban on any product coming from any nation that uses levels of chemical or any chemical that is disallowed in our own Australian production. E.g Endosulphans etc.

To reverse the current situation of anti-dumping laws, the onus of proof should be placed upon the overseas supplier/nation to prove that they are not dumping.

In the case of juice , there will have to be a minimum of 30% Australian product. This applies to the raw material. It does not extend to enable the incorporation of packaging etc.

There should be truth in labeling laws. This will go to the accurate stating of origin vs packaging etc.

Company tax will be paid on 50% of all capital and equipment purchases for the next 5 years. This effectively reduces the company tax to half for this portion of the liability.

Company tax will be deferred for 12 months which will restore a positive cash flow for the industry .

Selective tariffs will be introduced to protect the industry from overseas predatory behavior. This will be introduced with consultation with the grower bodies.

We will look at including up line sections of the industry to be included in this policy to enable the full benefit to the entire sector.

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.

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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.



DLP blog site now live

We are please to announce that we now have a separate blog site:

While the DLP website will still maintain its blog page, will be the official blog site of the Democratic Labour Party.