Australian Labor Party

Australian Labor PartyThe Australian Labor Party is Australia’s oldest political party.

It was formed in the 1890s and was represented in the first Federal Parliament elected in 1901. The ALP is the only party to have survived since that time.

The party has experienced 3 traumatic splits (1917, 1931 and 1955) which debilitated it and kept it out of office for many years. In the past 100 years, the ALP has governed at the Federal level for only 33 years. Thirteen of those years were between 1983 and 1996 under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

  • February 24, 2013: ALP Federal Election Results Since 1910 – a table showing results for the ALP at every election since 1910, including the number of seats won in the House, the two-party-preferred vote and the primary vote. Know your benchmarks in an election year!

Party Organisation & History

ALP Philosophy & Values

ALP Policies

ALP policies are determined at State and National Conferences. The National Conference, now held once every parliamentary term, is the supreme policy-making body of the party. Its decisions are theoretically binding on the elected ALP members of parliament.


ALP Official Web Sites

Archived News Items

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