Australian Labor Party
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is an Australian political party.
Founded in 1891 by the emerging labour movement in Australia, it is the country's oldest federally active political party having contested seats at the 1901 federal election following the federation of Australia. The party currently competes with the Liberal/National coalition for political office, particularly at the federal and state level. Labor has formed the federal opposition since 1996 after holding government since 1983. Labor has held government in all six states and both mainland territories since 6 March 2002, one month after the 2002 South Australian election.