Liberal Democratic Party
Leader Peter Whelan
Founded 2001
Headquarters PO Box 773
Dickson ACT 2602
Ideology Libertarianism
International affiliation Interlibertarians

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), or Liberal Democrats, is an Australian political party founded in 2001, and is broadly described as a libertarian party.

Party name[edit | edit source]

In 2007, the party tried to register federally under the name "Liberal Democratic Party" but this was opposed the by the Liberal Party of Australia, so the party chose to register as the "Liberty and Democracy Party".[1] However in 2008 the party successfully applied to the Australian Electoral Commission to change its federally registered name to "Liberal Democratic Party".[2] During this period, the party remained registered under its original name in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).[3]

Philosophy[edit | edit source]

The LDP generally adheres to libertarian, classical liberal, small government, and laissez-faire principles coupled with what the party considers as a high regard for individual freedom and individual responsibility.[4] The party rejects "left-right", "right-wrong" and "moral-immoral" ideologies, instead taking philosophical policy positions which reflect what the party considers as freedom over oppression. The party states that acceptance of the rights of individuals to pursue their activities does not necessarily indicate endorsement of those activities.[5]

Policies[edit | edit source]

LDP policies include the following:[6][7][8][9]

History[edit | edit source]

Emergence[edit | edit source]

Prior to the 2012 Ramsay and Port Adelaide state by-elections in South Australia, the polls in The Advertiser newspaper gave the LDP 23 percent and 14 percent of the vote respectively in the absence of Liberal Party candidates. The LDP ended up with votes of 13.3 percent and 7.3 percent respectively. The paper described the LDP as "a hardline libertarian party that demands abolition of government welfare as well as the minimum wage, seatbelts and bike helmets. It backs legalisation of marijuana and increased freedom to access pornography."[18]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Davis, Mark; Jensen, Erik (2007-11-12). "Lots of trash 'n' treasure in micro-party bazaar". The Sydney Morning Herald: p. 18. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  2. Mitchell, Alex (2009-02-10). "Tax-hating gun-lovers register political party". Crikey. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  3. "Register of political parties". ACT Electoral Commission. 2007-10-15. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  4. "Principles". Liberal Democratic Party. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  5. LDP philosophy: LDP website
  6. "Policies". Liberal Democratic Party. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  7. Kroehn, Chantelle; Adam Todd (2007-11-14). "`Local' candidates are anything but". Guardian Messenger: p. 4.
  8. "Policies". Liberal Democratic Party. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  9. Bicknell, Graham (2007-11-23). "Soccer should be banned says LDP". Geelong Advertiser: p. 2.
  10. "2001 Election - First Preference Results". ACT Electoral Commission. 2005-03-08. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  11. "2004 Election - First Preference Results". ACT Electoral Commission. 2005-02-01. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  12. "Party Registration decision: Liberty and Democracy Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  13. "Party appealing to discontented masses". Hills Shire Times: p. 3. 2008-04-15.
  14. "The Australian Electoral Commission Website". Australian Electoral Commission. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  15. "First Preferences by Party". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  16. John Humphreys: About
  17. Bauche, David (12 September 2012). "Malicki dominates the vote for her sixth term". Hornsby Advocate. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  18. Wills, Daniel (20 January 2012). "Female voters save Labor's seat". The Advertiser. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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