‘He’s no Xenophon’: DLP blasts senator John Madigan for defecting and forming new party

Senator John Madigan with independent senator Nick Xenophon. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Senator John Madigan, pictured talk to school students in 2012, has quit the DLP and has formed the Manufacturing and Farming Party. Photo: Michael Copp
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Senator John Madigan with independent senator Nick Xenophon. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senator John Madigan with independent senator Nick Xenophon. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senator John Madigan with independent senator Nick Xenophon. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The Democratic Labour party has lashed out at defector John Madigan, saying the senator is “not up to the task” of leading a new party to electoral success.

The DLP is facing possible deregistration but says it has the 500 members to continue to qualify as a political party. The AEC is still assessing the DLP’s response.  However the DLP has lost its Parliamentary party status meaning it faces more red tape.

The AEC has confirmed it has received Senator Madigan’s application to form the “Manufacturing and Farming Party,” as revealed by Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

Federal secretary of the DLP Michael Byrne said he was not surprised by Senator Madigan’s decision to create his own party but doubted his chances at the ballot box.

“He just doesn’t have the goods. He’s not dynamic like Nick Xenophon, he’s a man who is not up the task,” he said.

And Mr Byrne said Senator Madigan’s decision to turn his back on the Democratic Labour Party volunteers who had helped him get elected was “befuddled and peverse”.

“By him leaving the DLP he enjoys the right to set another party that immediately gets status but with no members, just because he is a sitting member,” he said.

“While the party that went to all the financial and volunteer work has lost parliamentary party status”.

Mr Byrne appeared to mock Senator Madigan’s claim that “submarines are the spaceships of the ocean”.

“No matter how flash Senator Madigan can ascribe to a submarine (as “the spaceship of the ocean”) the perversity of his situation torpedoes any claim by him of political integrity,” Mr Byrne said.

Under electoral laws, a political party can qualify for registration if they have 500 members or a sitting member of Parliament.

This has also allowed ex-Palmer United senator Jacqui Lambie and South Australian independent Nick Xenophon to launch their own political parties without needing to gather 500 members.

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