This is a ruling unworthy of a great court. One doesn’t associate intellectual and historical illiteracy with a bench of world standing. ‘Liberal’ has been used as a political and philosophical brand name and self-identifier for hundreds of years. So much so that it has become near meaningless: a liberal can now be a far left-wing warmonger like Joe Biden or a laissez-faire traditionalist and isolationist like Rand Paul. While it is reasonable to block a new party from choosing a sound-alike/look-alike name designed to trick voters and therefore undermine an election, nobody seriously believes the LDP was engaged in such legerdemain. The same is true of the Democratic Labor Party – founded 65 years ago – whose name was also banned by the Electoral Commission last year (at the behest of the ALP). When it comes to policing, disenfranchising, punishing and robbing citizens, the two big parties cooperate like Bonnie and Clyde.
Coincidentally, the DLP was deregistered by the AEC on Monday for want of the minimum number of members (1500). The party disagrees and has a month to prove otherwise. Speaking of historical illiteracy, Nine Entertainment’s Tony Wright yesterday farewelled the great old party as “a political tantrum that lasted 65 years.” He forgot to mention that it arose as the reaction to large swathes of the labour movement being controlled by Soviet-aligned traitors. The old left doesn’t know what to do about its lengthy – suddenly unstylish – love affair with Russia. Wright also gives his readers to believe that Gough Whitlam outsmarted the DLP in 1974 – hastening its reputational decline in the tautological eyes of the “international world.” In fact, the QC was beclowned by beer and prawns. A year later, Gough was again bamboozled by Joh Bjelke-Petersen who left school at 14.