Some of you may be aware of the ongoing challenges to the name Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), by the Liberals, Democrats, and the Liberal National Parties, (the LNP is the bastard son of the Nationals and Liberals in Queensland.)
These parties have now appealed the decision by the AEC to accept our name, using the same grounds that were used before. We are of the opinion that this is vexatious and needs to be addressed, as it constitutes abuse of the system. For that reason we have put out the following release.
Media Release Issued Brisbane, Tuesday 10th March 2009
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is outraged at the vexatious attempt by the Liberal Party, Australian Democrats and newly formed Liberal National Party (LNP) to challenge its name being registered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Queensland representative on the LDP Federal Executive, Mr. Jim Fryar, said today that the LDP had recently convinced the Australian Electoral Commission that it should register the name as the Liberal Democratic Party, despite objections by the those three parties.
“That should have been the end of the matter. We are particularly annoyed that the recently formed LNP has joined the other two parties to seek to have the decision reversed.”
“It is particularly ironic,” he said, “that the LNP which was only federally registered in 2009 should challenge the name of the LDP, which was first registered in the ACT in 2001 and has been fighting elections long before the LNP ever became a glint in Mr Springborg’s eye.”
“We accept it is reasonable to discourage the use of names designed to confuse voters, but there is no excuse for seeking to use that as a blunt instrument on other parties,” he said.
“The LDP is confident that our supporters can tell the difference between the words Liberal, National and Democratic, so we do not expect the issue of ‘confusion’ to be relevant. When the LDP was formed careful consideration was given to the name in order to represent the party’s core principles of small government, low taxes and personal freedom and responsibility.”
“The LNP’s tactics are reminiscent of the actions of international fast food giant, McDonalds, which in 2006 unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Malcolm McBratney, a partner in Brisbane legal firm McCullough Robertson, from trade-marking his nickname, “McBrat,” which he was using as a sponsorship logo across the shorts of the “Brisbane Irish” rugby union team.”
The release was published in AFR’s “rear window” page, and aroused enough interest from the Australian for a reporter to follow up. Unfortunately they didn’t print it. Its nice though to get published somewhere, even if it was stuffed up somewhat. There is more in relation to this over at the LDP blog.