Saturday, August 31, 2013

Party Games 24/54 Democratic Labour Party

 The Democractic Labour Party are a blast from the past. They split off from Labor in 1955 over concerns that communists were taking over the Labor Party, they held balance of power in the senate for a while before being wiped out electorally in the double dissolution election of 1974. They went on the wane then, dieing out in all but Victoria in 1978. They returned to the Victorian state parliament in 2006 and the federal Senate in 2010. Historically, they are predominantly Catholics, and the inclusion of other denominations of Christians has caused some internal conflicts. (Thank you wikipedia for a history lesson)

One policy of theirs that caught my eye was the creation of an Federal Development Bank. Intended to raise funds for federal and state government projects, they don't exactly explain how it will work. They don't explain where it will get its money, but do rule out a few options by saying it won't be from overseas and that it will be separate from the RBA, and not part of the budget.

Given their Catholic membership, they are anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage, pro-school vouchers.

For the wow factor, they propose the development of fusion reactor technology to provide cheap energy, although I think it's going to be a bit more work to get going than they think it will be.

The Democratic Labour Party are running candidates for the senate in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales, as well as candidates for the House of Representatives.

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