About the Labor Party

The Australian Labor Party had its roots in the union movement of the late 19th century in Queensland and New South Wales. After repeated defeats at the hands of big business - culminating in the shearer's strike of 1890 - the union movement saw that it was necessary to create a political party to fight for fairness on behalf of workers who were not being represented by moneyed interests.

The first Labor government in the world was formed for only one week under Anderson Dawson in Queensland in 1899. Following federation in 1901 the Labor party formed minority federal governments in 1904 and 1908-09. In 1910 Labor's Andrew Fisher led the first majority government in Australia's history.

The 1910-13 Fisher Labor government was a powerhouse of progress and nation-building. In the few years it was in office the Labor government established the Royal Australian Navy, passed laws ensuring aged and disability pensions, brought in worker's compensation and a maternity allowance, began building the trans-Australian railway and our nation's capitol, printed the first Australian paper currency, introduced uniform postal charges and established the Commonwealth Bank.

In the great tradition of Andrew Fisher Labor governments have been more famous for reform than mere management. From our earliest years to the present day Labor members have had a proud record of fighting for fairness and improving the lives of everyday people.

Today the Australian Labor Party is pleased with the progress that has been made but is not satisfied that the job is complete.

To learn more about the history of the ALP visit the interactive Australian Labor History website.

To find out more about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party visit the website.

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