AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
The Labor party was established in 1891 and first came together in Parliament House in 1901. The party was a success in the early years and grew rapidly.
They formed a minority government and Chris Watson became the first ever Labor Prime Minister.
In 1910 Labor won Australia’s first federal election and Andrew Fisher was elected Prime Minister. This was the first Majority Labor government.
One of the Labor party’s values is about sustainability. They take interest in climate change and protecting the future generations. They work in stopping the extinction of animals and plants. Workplace fairness is an important aim for the Labor party. They help in distributing wages fairly and so people can bargain collectively. The Labor party believes in freedom of speech and religion. People should be able to express their religion and respect other peoples’ religions. Labor supports jobs, businesses and the Australian community during tough times caused by global downturns. They are trying to stop young Australian from being condemned to unemployment.
Julia Gillard is the current leader of the Labor party, and the current prime minister. She is the 27th leader of the Labor party. When Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister in 2006, Julia Gillard was deputy leader. Wayne Swan is the deputy Minister and the Treasurer of the Labor party. Kevin Rudd is the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is a member of an electorate in Queensland called Griffith. Peter Garrett is the Minister for Schools, Early childhood and also Youth.
One of the things the labor party has achieved is increasing the
hospital funds to 50%. Hospitals now have more doctors, nurses and more hospital beds. The Labor party has helped with pensioners and has given them an increase in money per fortnight. They are committed in helping the research of cancer, treatment centres and the prevention of cancer. The government has already spent over $2.3
billion in fighting against cancer.
AUSTRALIAN LIBERAL PARTY
Established in 1944. First leader was sir Robert Menzies who led the liberal party to win the election in 1946 and went on to lead Australia and the liberal party for 17 years. The liberal party is Australia’s most successful post-war party. The liberal party was elected to government for 23 years in a row from 1949-1972 and another term for more than seven years between 1975-1983
Policies and Aims
Economic management: the liberal party stands for action to stop wasteful spending and to grow the economy. Backing small businesses: the liberals stand to
keep costs down and to protect small businesses from larger businesses.
Liberals will back the small businesses to grow the economy and create jobs for
They are protecting our national interests: Liberals stand for direct action on border security. The liberal party will keep fighting to protect our borders, people and values.
Opportunity for all: the liberal party believes in providing
opportunities for all Australians including families, women and indigenous
The Australian liberal party current leader is Tony Abbot. Tony has been the leader of the liberals for 2 years but has been in parliament for around 15 years. His previous career was in journalism and wrote for the bulletin and the Australian. He is also represents the electorate of Warringah.
The liberal deputy leader is Julie Bishop. She has been a part of the House of Representatives since 1998, representing the electrate, Curtin.
Other major leaders in the liberal party are:
Alan Stockdale is the party president and Philip Higginson is the liberal parties treasurer.
Longest serving leader was Sir Robert Menzies. He was
leader for 20 years and 11 months. The shortest serving leader was Alexander Downer who only served for 8 months
The Howard and Costello government between 1996 and 2007 was successful buy eliminating over $96 billon in the government’s debt they also restored Australia’s AAA credit rating and delivered Australia more jobs. They did all this during Australia’s lowest unemployment rates in 33 years, lower inflation, lower interest rates and a lower tax burden.
The liberal party symbol is made of the Australian flag.