At this election, the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) stood Senate candidates in states other than Victoria for the first time in well over 30 years.
DLP candidates in several states did surprisingly well. It seems that DLP Senate candidates will gain more than 50,000 votes in NSW, much more than the Democrats and more than double the vote of Family First, for example.
On a percentage basis, DLP candidates in WA and SA are not far behind. These results were achieved with minimal resources and very limited time, and suggest that there is significant potential for a DLP national resurgence.
On Saturday night Senator Bob Brown claimed that the Greens’ vote of less than 18 per cent in Tasmania is the highest ever received by a third party in Australia. Your readers should know that, in fact, the DLP received 19.1 per cent of a state vote in 1970, and this was for Victoria, not Tasmania.
Peter Kavanagh MP,
DLP Member for Western Victoria.