Progressive Labour Party (Australia)

The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) is an active political party in Australia. The party is a broad left-wing party started by dissident former members of the Australian Labor Party in 1996.[1] The party states that the ALP has abandoned its traditional working-class supporters as it has moved towards the political right. The party ran Senate tickets in New South Wales and Western Australia and contested several House of Representatives seats at the 9 October 2004 election. The party regularly makes submissions to Senate and other committees on a broad range of issues.

Progressive Labour Party
National PresidentRod Noble
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Political positionLeft-wing

Rod Noble, the national secretary of the Progressive Labour Party, described the Progressive Labor Party as a "broad alliance" of socialists.[1] Blogger Andy Fleming stated the group has "been largely eclipsed" since the formation of Socialist Alliance.[2]


  • Support an end to privatisation of public assets and neo-liberal approaches to economic policy;
  • Recognise the right of everyone to quality health, education, housing and welfare as a right, not a privilege;
  • Seek to boost public education funding, especially in disadvantaged areas such as the rural sector;
  • Support full employment, a 35-hour work week, and union rights;
  • Favour a substantial increase in R & D investment to boost science and Australian industry;
  • Aim at effective rural and regional development through Government intervention - and effective protection of rural industry where necessary;
  • Seek guarantees to protect the environment, ratification of Kyoto Agreement and abolish uranium mining;
  • Support an environmentally sustainable economy with key elements publicly owned;
  • Replace the dominant two-party system with a multi-party system through Proportional Representation;
  • Favour a Maximalist Republic with a directly elected President and major constitutional change;
  • Seek an independent foreign policy and an end to the US-Aust military alliance;
  • Insist on complete transparency regarding international treaties and agreements and full public and parliamentary debate;
  • Support the peaceful resolution, through negotiation, of international conflicts;
  • Recognise the need for self-determination of indigenous peoples, reconciliation and affirmative policies;
  • Promote policies to spread media ownership, and secure the independence of the ABC and SBS;
  • Oppose sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism, and discrimination against disabled persons;
  • Seek solidarity with the disadvantaged around the globe and abide by international treaty obligations;
  • Ensure stronger civil and human rights by reviewing all Security and Anti-Terrorist legislation.


  1. Thorne, Alison (2001). "The Progressive Labour Party: What went wrong?". Freedom Socialist Party. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. Fleming, Andy (10 April 2012). "Trot Guide 2012". slackbastard. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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