The Democratic Labor Party: its vote, candidates and campaigns in the Riverina region 1957-1971

Troy Whitford, Donald Boadle

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Abstract

This article examines the influence of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) in the Riverina region of New South Wales during the period 1957 to 1971. It assesses the impact of the DLP vote on election outcomes and suggests that, within this region, the DLP was a less significant factor in the erosion of the Australian Labor Party vote. In spite of strong links to the Victorian DLP through Wagga Wagga's Bishop Francis Henschke and the National Catholic Rural Movement, its supporters never managed to marshal 'the Catholic vote' across the entire region. And while sectarian interests and anti-communism were factors, the article demonstrates that the party's success in achieving a higher proportion of votes in some electorates than state or national averages can also be attributed to the personalities of the candidates and their espousal of campaign issues directly relevant to their rural electors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-198
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
Volume93
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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