FAQs

When did the DLP begin?

The Democratic Labor Party formally began in 1955. A number of Australian Labor Party parliamentarians, trade unionists and members were expelled for being anti-communist. They founded the ALP (Anti-Communist), which became the Australian Democratic Labor Party, which today is the Democratic Labour Party.

What are the benefits of becoming a DLP member?

Financial members can be nominated for delegate roles and may also be nominated for executive positions.

I thought the DLP just really cares about life issues?

No. While the DLP is constitutionally pro-life, we are not a single-issue party. We have deeply committed interests in the policy areas of economics, education, workplace relations, taxation, manufacturing and farming, regional development, foreign affairs and much more. 

Is the DLP a Catholic party?

No. The DLP is open to people of any faith tradition or none; anyone who agrees with our Constitution can join. The labelling of the DLP as a ‘Catholic’ party was a move by the communist-left to draw sectarian lines against the Party. Many DLP parliamentarians, office bearers and members past and present would never have held their positions if the DLP was by definition a ‘Catholic party’.

Does the DLP have a youth organisation?

Yes, the Young Democratic Labor Association (YDLA). There are currently YDLA groups in Victoria and NSW, with more states soon to join in. If you’re interested in joining or knowing more about the YDLA, please email info.ydla@gmail.com or visit the YDLA website here.

I don’t want to become a member, but are there other ways I can help?

Of course! There are always many things that volunteers can do, especially at election time, but also throughout the year. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer please contact us.

Does the DLP have a branch in every State and Territory?

The DLP currently has branches in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. It is expected that South Australia will establish a branch in 2017.