Application for changed name and abbreviation approved – Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia

Updated: 4 July 2013

File reference: Reg5149b, 13/389

The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the application to change the name and abbreviation registered for the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia under Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 should be approved.

Background

Each application to change an entry in the Register of Political Parties is assessed against the requirements in Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act).

On 27 June 2013, a delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) approved an application from the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia (the Party) to change its registered name and registered abbreviation under the provisions of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act).

The AEC received an application from the Party on 9 May 2013 and advertised receipt of that application on 22 May 2013 as required by s.134 of the Electoral Act to provide an opportunity for any person to object to the application. No objections were lodged against the application by the Party.

Issues

The changes to the Party’s registered name and abbreviation sought in the application were as follows:

Current name of Party: Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia

Proposed name of Party: Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

Current abbreviation of Party: D.L.P. – Democratic Labor Party

Proposed abbreviation of Party: DLP Democratic Labour

The only matters which the AEC was required to consider under s.134(4) of the Electoral Act are whether the application was made in accordance with s.134 and whether the proposed name or abbreviation are prohibited under s.129. The AEC considered the application was properly made in accordance with s.134 of the Electoral Act and the minor changes proposed for the Party’s name and abbreviation did not invoke any of the prohibitions in s.129 of the Electoral Act.

Conclusion

The delegate of the AEC approved the application from the Party.

27 June 2013.

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