Australian Labor Party (Non-Communist)

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The Australian Labor Party (Non-Communist) was the second Lang Labor breakaway party, associated with New South Wales Premier Jack Lang. It operated from 1940 to 1941.[1]

Following the disappearance of the previous Lang Labor group, the Australian Labor Party (NSW), Lang formed a new party, which contested the 1940 federal election.[2]

Unlike the Australian Labor Party split of 1931, however, he was in a minority in New South Wales, many of his old supporters such as Eddie Ward remained loyal to Australian Labor Party leader John Curtin, and Lang candidates polled poorly.

In February 1941, prior to the May 1941 state election, the Non-Communist Labor Party wound up and its members, with the exception of Lang himself, were officially re-admitted to the Australian Labor Party.[3] The reunification would help assist Curtin to become Prime Minister of Australia in October 1941.

The party's membership included five federal MPs (Jack Beasley, Joe Gander, Dan Mulcahy, Sol Rosevear and Tom Sheehan) and two senators (Stan Amour and John Armstrong). Nine state MLAs and six MLCs also joined the group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grayndler, Edward (1940), Treachery to Labor, The Worker Trustees, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  2. ^ "TUMUT A.L.P.". The Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 - 1867; 1899 - 1950). NSW: National Library of Australia. 7 May 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Nairn, Bede. "Beasley, John Albert (Jack) (1895–1949)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 31 May 2007. 
  • Lang, J. T. (1970). The Turbulent Years, Alpha Books
  • McMullin, Ross (1991). The Light on the Hill: The Australian Labor Party 1891–1991, OUP