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Democratic Labor Party (DLP)


The Democratic Labor Party (DLP) was an anti-communist political party formed by former members for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) after a split in the ALP in 1955. By 1957 it had become a national political party which was particularly strong in Victoria. It attracted anti-communist supporters in the Labor movement and had strong associations with the anti-communist Catholic Church.


The Democratic Labor Party represents and upholds the traditional Labor values and principles of the labour movement. It supports families, workers and communities as the foundations of our society and the basis of all sound economic principle.


The DLP believes in the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and local communities. It believes in the sacredness of human life, from conception until natural death and upholds principles of peace, tolerance and respect among all peoples and communities.


The Democratic Labor Party is a federation of State Branches and is governed by a federal executive representing all State Branches. The federal executive is elected at an annual federal Conference of State delegates. Each State Branch is governed by a State Executive, which is elected at an annual State Conference of delegates chosen from local electorate branches. Local branches are usually established around federal electorates. Each State Branch is responsible for the preselecting of federal and State election candidates.

In the Parliaments

The Democratic Labor Party is represented in the Australian Parliament by Senator John Madigan of Victoria who was elected in the 2010 federal election and took his seat on 1 July 2011. Following the split in the ALP in 1955 and its formation in 1957 the Democratic Labor Party played a significant role in federal and State Parliaments as the ´third force in Australian politics´ until the mid 1970s. In elections throughout the 1950s and 1960s the DLP allocated voting preferences to the Liberal-Country party coalition and effectively kept the Australian Labor Party out of office at the state and federal levels until 1972. The DLP held the balance of power in the Senate until the 1974 election. Since 1974 the DLP has had very few parliamentarians in the Commonwealth, or State and Territory Parliaments.

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