The Senate is often referred to as the ‘house of review’, whereby legislation is either passed, amended or rejected. Although not common, bills can also be introduced in this house.
Before considering voting for me, please take the time to read my position on the following important topics.
To be clear, the disaster for our community did not originate with a virus but with undue fear-mongering and government overreach. Under the guise of public health, disproportionate, Arbitrary, non-transparent and non-evidence based government policy resulted in the sudden removal of basic rights and industrial-scale destruction of livelihoods.
As a matter of urgency, the following measures must occur:
More broadly, public health itself is a problem when individual choices and freedoms are disregarded. In the event of a public health issue in the future, I will make transparency and individual choice an absolute priority. To do this, I propose:
Australians are among the most heavily taxed people in the world. This is a result of ballooning government bureaucracy intervening and micromanaging every facet of peoples’ lives.
The institution of government was primarily designed to serve the people by collecting taxes and redistributing them according to the needs of the country and its citizens. Clear parameters need to be instigated to ensure that the same level of accountability and transparency is adapted in line with private enterprise.
MPs that leave office must get jobs like anyone else. This year Australians are expected to pay $45m to former members of parliament. Scrapping this program will save Australia approximately $700m over the next 10 years.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for human rights protections.
The implementation of a ‘Bill of Rights’ is required in order to safeguard Australians’ most fundamental human rights and civil liberties, including but not limited to;
The power to implement, amend and remove legislation must ultimately lay in the hands of the people.
Representative government has failed the public and compromised our democratic system. Voters are deceived into supporting individuals who often do not represent nor advocate for the interests of the citizen.
This monumental betrayal of trust must be rectified in order to return democracy to its rightful owners – the public. This can be achieved via a system of direct democracy.
Australia has lost its capability to self-govern and to be self-sufficient. This crisis has resulted in the centralisation of policy-making with external influences setting the agenda.
For decades successive governments have signed international agreements and treaties to the detriment of our own self-determination and sovereign protection.
Furthermore, Australia’s defence capabilities have been severely compromised as a result of inaction and a lack of forward planning.
In order for Australia to begin the journey of restoring independence, the following propositions should be considered:
Australia was once one of the world’s greatest manufacturing nations. We had a thriving car industry, made our own white goods and many other varied products were made from Australia’s own rich resources. This is no longer the case. In fact, an analysis of global statistics on economic self-sufficiency places us in the same band as developing nations.
To bring manufacturing back home again and to compete internationally, I propose:
Australia must protect her critical assets and supply chains. Successions of Labor/Liberal governments have facilitated the literal selling-off of Australia into the hands of foreign interests. Simply put, these assets were once publicly owned,
International trade is a critical element of maintaining a competitive, advanced economy.
However, Since the signing of the United Nations Lima Declaration in 1975, successive Australian governments have systematically outsourced Australian industry to foreign nations via trade agreements that offer little to no benefit to the general public, whilst granting disproportionate benefits and protections to multinationals and foreign markets. This process has resulted in a bottleneck in the Australian economy whereby large amounts of capital has been incrementally transferred to fewer industries, such as mining and education. In order to revive Australian industries and grant broader opportunities to emerging industries, I propose the following;
Despite having some of the world’s highest levels of diverse natural resources, the government has intervened and now given us some of the world’s most expensive energy prices. These excessive prices have restricted Australian industry from fair competition and the ability to create ongoing employment.
Affordable energy generates wealth, limits adverse environmental impacts and provides a healthier standard of living. To achieve this;
Australia used to produce enough fuel to limit importation. Over time, government intervention drastically reduced our ability to ensure sufficient supply at a reasonable cost to the consumer. As local production decreased the importation of fuel increased to meet consumption demands. As a result of this dynamic, we have left ourselves vulnerable to fluctuating global markets and therefore paying top dollar at all times.
In order to protect Australia fuel supply the following propositions must be considered;
Between 2010 and 2020, Victoria lost over 10,000 farms, many were family owned over several generations. These great Australian farms have, and continue to be taken over by foreign interests and the private sector, including tthe mining industry.
Australia’s farming community must be protected from predatory practices.
After speaking with several key people from Victorian farming, I propose the following;
Fair competition is necessary for Australian businesses to survive and to empower the consumer with greater product options whilst reducing the ability for business to price gouge.
Legislation needs to be introduced to limit the market share of any goods or services to a maximum of 49% between now and 2025 with a further reduction to 25% by 2030.
Foreign business investors must ensure that a minimum 51% of their goods or service to be Australian sourced and made.
Balanced and informed education of our children is critical to their mature development.
In recent times this important duty has been infiltrated by an insidious minority intent on damaging the natural development of children’s learning journey.
Academic skill levels have plummeted whilst the ever-increasing bureaucratic demands are burning teachers out. Our teachers and children deserve better. I am dedicated to an education strategy that leads to a values-based, fulfilling and productive learning journey.
Children need to be taught the importance of our past and have confidence in being proud to be Australian. This will help eliminate the ongoing unnecessary divisions peddled by a few.
Some of these proposals will assist to ensure the next generation can live their best life:
Increasingly, the Australian government has been taking direction from international bodies, most notably the World Economic Forum, on the issue of centralising and digitising our identity. This agenda will result in the consolidation of all your personal information into one easily accessed database. While this is being pushed in the name of ‘efficiency’, it exposes each of us to:
Worse than all of these risks, is the capacity to tie our digital identity to the provision of essential goods and services. In other words, if we don’t wish to participate, working or simply living our daily lives will be made so inconvenient as to be unmanageable. The vaccine passports were a precursor. The next step is a full-scale ‘social credit’ system.
This is not science fiction. To see for yourself go to www.digitalidentity.gov.au. There you will see that the government is already moving ahead and allocating vast amounts of tax-payer funds to roll out a ‘Digital Identity’ system. This will include centralising your personal, financial and biometric data, such as:
I will not support any of this.
Social media and, more broadly, the internet have given citizens a freedom of expression and a voice that has been unprecedented. Despite its problems, this freedom is invaluable and must be protected. The COVID-19 crisis exposed rife censorship in Australia and the need for protections that guarantee free and open dialogue. Many who held views contrary to the government, even qualified experts and members of parliament, were absent from the mainstream media and excluded from publicly expressing these views. To resolve this impediment to democracy, I propose the following:
The family unit is the cornerstone of our communities and the backbone of Australia. Less crime and less dependence on government services comes as a result of strong families. The family unit should be encouraged and protected wherever possible.
Social media has granted opportunity for everyone to have a voice, however, during the social-media boom, several key issues have arisen that must be dealt with, such as censorship, deplatforming and selected distribution. To address these problems I propose the following;
China, directly governed from the top by the Chinese Communist Party, has proven to be problematic to Australia on many fronts. Australia’s export economy is largely dependent on the Chinese market thus granting the Chinese government extraordinary influence and power over Australian owned and operated industries. Additionally, China’s horrendous track-record on human rights abuses and slave labour is one that simply cannot be ignored. China’s very apparent bid at global dominance poses a real threat to Australia and must be taken seriously. There needs to be a sense of urgency in safeguarding Australia and I propose the following;
Australia has a rich tradition and culture that must be respected and celebrated. Being Australian, is the common denominator that connects all people who call Australia home. I stand against any attack on Australia’s culture, heritage and traditions including those of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
Good stewardship of the environment is essential. Clean air, water, soil and reducing pollution is imperative to sustainability.
Utilising Australia’s abundance of natural resources is key to bringing about clean, affordable and reliable energy to Australia as well as ensuring the pursuit of a reduction in pollution.
Law-abiding Australians should have the right to own firearms and not be hindered as a result of criminals. Therefore:
Child abuse is one of the most evil acts and no perpatrator, under any circumstance, should ever be protected. The pain and suffering inflicted on those who are abused often spans multiple generations and outweighs any punishment received by offenders.
Unfortunately the government already knows most things about us, but nonetheless, I do not support the centralisation of critical citizen data in the form of digital identity.
The Digital Identity seeks to consolidate all data that makes us who we are; movements, medical history, biometrics of individuals and family members.
Australia is currently developing a social credit system (SCS) similar to China. Therefore I propose the following.
To ensure that those who have served in the forces are provided with sufficient shelter, food and accessories to maintain a comfortable standard of living.
The assistance provided to those veterans’ in need will be proportionately aligned to their service time, deployments and adverse impacts documented as a result of their service to the Australian Defence Forces.
Review and audit of DVA to identity and resolve hurdles in Veterans seeking assistance.
Mentorship program giving opportunities to Veterans to aid troubled youth.
Investment in rehabilitation dogs.
Free public transport and relevant medical costs associated with their injuries/adverse effects in appreciation for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.
New funding for ensure the end of veteran homelessness.
A long-term strategy must be enacted to ensure that Australia is capable of defending itself, without depending on the United States.
National Service provided as an option after 3 months unemployed open for all ages. The skill set and ability of those seeking welfare payments would be matched according to their abilities.
National Service an option for school-leavers who seek a trade/apprenticeship.
This policy is dedicated in loving memory of John Phillipe Tsatsos 1982 – 2017
Rehabilitation needs to be a prime objective to all offenders.
The current legal system is broadly counterproductive in its approach to consequence, for example, some sides of politics ‘lock them up at all costs’ whilst others promote the use of ‘injecting rooms’ – neither of these are the answer.
Government-funded rehab programs along with half-way houses, are substandard and often leave addicts worse off as a result of their living conditions and surrounding peers.
Those people who suffer personal drug addictions should be given genuine opportunities to get their life back on track.
Sending people to detention for minor drug offences can adversely impact families, burden communities, and can create a cycle of recidivism.
To tackle the crisis a new branch to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the form of military training facilities, staffed by veterans and ex-servicemen, where upon recruits will receive:
– Routine and regimental schedules
– A ‘tough love’ approach – consequence for actions, ie. individual responsibility
– Practical programs to teach constructive life skills
– Advanced program for proper entry into ADF
– Opportunity to help in their communities
– Facility designed as a military training base
In order to ensure a more democratically authentic process, I propose the following.
All individual candidates and political parties to disclose all donations and expenditures on the Australian Electoral Commission website not less than three weeks prior to an election being held.
A maximum limit of $10,000 from any individual or organisation.
All discussion held between lobbyists and members of parliament and/or relevant positions, to be publicly broadcasted.
All preference exchanges and/or agreements to be publicly disclosed not less than three weeks prior to an election being held.
Any evidence of financial and/or goods used in exchange for preferences either directly/indirectly by a third party be deemed a criminal act.