May 27th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Nuclear energy - Australia's pivotal role

THE ECONOMY: The Budget - populist and unsustainable

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Labor leadership rumblings

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Snowy Hydro's privatisation is theft

INTELLIGENCE BRIEF: Will new personnel save CIA and ASIO?

PRIMARY PRODUCE: Pernicious policies killing Australia's dairy farmers

WESTERN AUSTRALIA : Inquiry rejects Kimberley fresh water plan

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Indonesia and the islands / Victoria's new Liberal leader / More on that second oldest profession

POLITICS: Plight of families under uncontrolled capitalism

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: China forms strategic alliance with Russia

OBITUARY: Jean-François Revel (1924-2006)

Another view of Family First (letter)

DLP not eclipsed by Family First (letter)

Time for a Pacific Youth Corps? (letter)

Blame government for house prices (letter)

BOOKS: The Victory of Reason: How Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western success, by Rodney Stark

BOOKS: Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland, by Carmen Callil

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not eclipsed by Family First (letter)

by Peter Kavanagh MP

News Weekly, May 27, 2006


The central thesis of "A political vacuum waiting to be filled" (News Weekly, May 13, 2006) is based on false premises and suggestions.

Although the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) is referred to in the article only in the past tense, it still exists of course and will contest this year's Victorian state election, as it has done for around 50 years.

Indeed, the introduction of proportional representation for the Victorian upper house at this election gives the DLP its best chance of winning seats in decades.

In respect to the implications that Family First is more popular, it should be noted that, with no publicity and very little money, the DLP, at the last Senate election in Victoria, nevertheless outvoted Family First (as well as the Australian Democrats).

Other political parties may take an approach to some issues that is similar in some respects to the DLP's. Unlike other "minor" parties, however, the DLP emerged from the labour movement.

Some of these other small parties are united by little more than social conservatism. Fear of alienating their constituency means that they are therefore very unlikely to develop anything like the DLP's comprehensive platform of economic and national development dedicated to the real interests of workers and the poor.

The DLP remains the only political party in Australia which is pro-family, pro-life and genuinely pro-worker.

Peter Kavanagh,
Democratic Labor Party (DLP)
candidate for Western Victoria,
Essendon, Vic.

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