‘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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Easter Markets | PHOTOS Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Look how good we are – waiting for our mum to return. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Look how good we are – waiting for our mum to return. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Jacques Lurton, owner and winemaker, The Islander Estate Vineyards, was kept busy all morning talking about his wines and encouraging people to taste. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Jacques Lurton, owner and winemaker, The Islander Estate Vineyards, was kept busy all morning talking about his wines and encouraging people to taste. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Jacques Lurton, owner and winemaker, The Islander Estate Vineyards, was kept busy all morning talking about his wines and encouraging people to taste. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Jacques Lurton, owner and winemaker, The Islander Estate Vineyards, was kept busy all morning talking about his wines and encouraging people to taste. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Jacques Lurton, owner and winemaker, The Islander Estate Vineyards, was kept busy all morning talking about his wines and encouraging people to taste. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Richard and Suzanne Trethewey at the Penneshaw market,with their new line, Suzanne Rose premium potatoes. Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Richard and Suzanne Trethewey at the Penneshaw market,with their new line, Suzanne Rose premium potatoes. Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Markham and Alison Nesfield of Modra’s Eggs did a roaring trade on the day.Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Markham and Alison Nesfield of Modra’s Eggs did a roaring trade on the day.Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

A big crowd gathered at the Penneshaw Easter market,bathed mostly in sunshine, with a couple of light showersthrown in. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

A big crowd gathered at the Penneshaw Easter market,bathed mostly in sunshine, with a couple of light showersthrown in. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Ann Capel of Island Care is a market regular, with proceeds of her sales going to assist the island’s most vulnerable residents. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Ann Capel of Island Care is a market regular, with proceeds of her sales going to assist the island’s most vulnerable residents. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Carolyn Dixon’s plants in quirky containers are always a hit Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Carolyn Dixon’s plants in quirky containers are always a hit Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Carolyn Dixon’s plants in quirky containers are always a hit Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Ann Lashmar’s photography attracts a big crowd eager to hear about her passion. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Ann Lashmar’s photography attracts a big crowd eager to hear about her passion. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Ann Lashmar’s photography attracts a big crowd eager to hear about her passion. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Matt Nettheim, better known as basketboy, delighted visitors with his basket-weaving skills. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

South Rock Lamb is always a popular stall, with Kate Gilfillan (right) enjoying meeting her customers, along with Andrea Heading from SA Tourism, a regular visitor to the island. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

South Rock Lamb is always a popular stall, with Kate Gilfillan (right) enjoying meeting her customers, along with Andrea Heading from SA Tourism, a regular visitor to the island. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Coffee time – Lisa Collins and Pete Nash from Chocol’Art Kingscote were constantly busy serving hot coffees, hot chocolates and chai. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Coffee time – Lisa Collins and Pete Nash from Chocol’Art Kingscote were constantly busy serving hot coffees, hot chocolates and chai. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Coffee time – Lisa Collins and Pete Nash from Chocol’Art Kingscote were constantly busy serving hot coffees, hot chocolates and chai. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Coffee time – Lisa Collins and Pete Nash from Chocol’Art Kingscote were constantly busy serving hot coffees, hot chocolates and chai. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

A big crowd gathered at the Penneshaw Easter market,bathed mostly in sunshine, with a couple of light showersthrown in. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

A big crowd gathered at the Penneshaw Easter market,bathed mostly in sunshine, with a couple of light showersthrown in. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

A big crowd gathered at the Penneshaw Easter market,bathed mostly in sunshine, with a couple of light showersthrown in. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Amelia Oates of Kingscote showcased her new Bread business – with a range of delectable treats at the Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Amelia Oates of Kingscote showcased her new Bread business – with a range of delectable treats at the Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

The Easter Bunny arrived – and Finn Bates (left) and Max Thomas lined up for their Easter eggs. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

Matt Nettheim, better known as basketboy, delighted visitors with his basket-weaving skills. Penneshaw Easter Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 5, 2015. Photos by The Islander

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Party formation a joke

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Jacqui Lambie obviously suffers from delusions of grandeur.

Having only received 1501 personal votes at the last federal election, her move to establish her own political party – the Jacqui Lambie Network – could be viewed simply as a bad April Fools Day joke.

Unfortunately, it appears to be true, and is indicative of the sorry state in which our federal Parliament now finds itself.

Undoubtedly there will be some electors who support Ms Lambie at the next election, and there is an outside chance that she may even be re-elected by “above the line” voters on a party ticket.

I support the election of independents, but only on the premise that they receive sufficient personal support to be able to say, in all honesty, that they genuinely represent their electorate.

Horse trading in preferences that resulted in the current crop of micro-party representatives should be outlawed.

In Tasmania a quota is approximately 1400 votes and if Ms Lambie could convince anything like that number of Tasmanians to give her their number one vote, I would happily endorse her right to sit in Canberra.

Until such time as this occurs however, I remain sceptical of her position.

GEOFF QUINN

Shearwater

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