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Aug. 30th, 2013

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket X – The Australian Republicans

Ticket X – The Australian Republicans - http://www.therepublicans.com.au/

The Republican Party of Australia was founded in 1982 by Peter Consandine, and first registered in 1992. It was deregistered in 2006 under Schedule 3 of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2006, and re-registered in 2013. It replaced the Australian Republican Party, which operated from 1949 to 1982. The Australian Republicans are separate to the Australian Republican Movement, which takes an apolitical approach to advocating for Australian becoming a republic, where the Australian Republicans seek political office to advocate for this. They are a secular-humanist libertarian party.

Their policies:
For: an Australian republic, a Charter of rights/freedoms/choices/values/responsibilities, an inquiry into Australian governance, reducing the three levels of government to one or two, decentralisation, planned land management practices, a federal land value taxation system along the lines of the system from 1910 – 1952, multi-member federal electorates, equal justice for all enshrined in law, equal opportunity, water security, food security, energy security, church and state matters clearly delineated, zero net migration, electoral reform, free enterprise, direct election of the head of state, all MP’s votes on each matter recorded in Hansard and reported in the media the next day, restrictions on election spending, public service boards to hire and fire the heads of public service departments, a new board to set the terms and conditions of employment for parliamentary representatives, direct election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,

Against: emissions trading scheme, a monarch as head of state, MPs having to vote along party lines, the decline of the Australian dollar, privatisation, how-to-vote cards in federal elections, the Senate’s ability to block supply bills, Ministers of State in the Senate,

Preferences: Not submitted

Aug. 29th, 2013

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket W – Palmer United Party

Ticket W – Palmer United Party http://palmerunited.com/

The Palmers United Party was formed in 2013 by billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer as a reformation of the United Australia Party, which was the precursor to the Liberal Party. It was originally intended to also be called the United Australia Party, but the name was changed to Palmer’s United Party in order to avoid being confused for Pauline Hanson’s (deregistered) Uniting Australia Party. Party membership is drawn from the centre-right of Australian politics, including disillusioned Liberal and National Party members. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Liberal Party member Peter Slipper also joined the party, only to have his membership revoked hours later. Recently, Palmer hung up on ABC radio host Jon Faine during a telephone interview after being questioned about previous allegations of violence against Palmer United Party Senate candidates Barry Michaels and Doug Hawkins. In terms of political policies and views, the Palmer United Party is best described as centrist libertarians.

Their policies:
For: 25% of the wealth generated in a region to be returned to that region, national commission into the ‘carbon issue’, Australian mineral resources going into Australian manufacturing for export rather than the raw materials being exported, asylum seekers with valid passports to be allowed to board $800 flights to Australia and have their asylum claims processed at the airport upon arrival, personal initiative, personal responsibility, freedom of thought, freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of choice, equal opportunity, a just and humane society, family as the primary institution for cohesive society, wealth creation, competitive enterprise, mutual obligation, volunteers, separation and distribution of powers, decentralisation of power, constitutional head of state, responsive government, equal right under the law, international peace, jobs from Australian resource wealth, lower taxes, the rights of children and mothers, multiculturalism, social equality, economic security, ‘fair go’, tolerance, private property, free enterprise, fair/open/competitive markets, public participation in public institutions, sound financial management, high employment, low inflation, low state debt, limited/small government, independent judiciary, low net debt, high business investment, small business, workplace reform, deregulation, free trade, world-class communications and transport infrastructure, strengthening the education and training system (including for re-skilling), boosting innovation and technological development, Australians investing in/creating their own business, foreign investment, freedom of educational choice, all children having access to the best possible education, minimum literacy and numeracy standards, educational accountability mechanisms, accommodating diversity in student needs, decentralising administration/control of schools, appropriate opportunities for adults to upgrade their education, financial assistance to meet educational needs, assist migrants to integrate and find appropriate employment, provide for the needs of special groups in the community (disabled, aged, Indigenous Australians, remote communities, etc.), accommodating the needs of gifted students, financial help to families where needed, assisting the unemployed/disabled/ill/veterans/aged, special focuses on children and young adults, promoting home ownership, available health services, preventative health care, private health insurance, social inclusiveness, community based crime prevention programs, law and order, diverse and independent media, personal privacy, effective and cost-efficient communication and transport systems, appreciation and accessibility of the arts, conservation, ‘environmental enrichment that balances our immediate economic needs with a need to conserve and nurture out environment and natural resources for future generations’, preserving cultural and architectural heritage, access to leisure pursuits, globalisation, strong defence capability, Australia-US alliance, closer engagement with other Asia-Pacific countries, participation in the UN and Commonwealth, international aid and assistance, safe haven for refugees within the limits of our natural resources, working with NGOs to help less developed nations and to promote human rights, enhance regional security and stability

Against: lobbyists holding official positions in political parties, carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, asylum seeker detention centres, offshore processing, the Navy being used to intercept asylum seeker boats, people smuggling, government competing with the private sector, wastage of taxpayer funds, intrusive government, market monopolies, unfair trading practices, discrimination based on irrelevant criteria,

Preferences
Top 10: Family First, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Australian Democrats, Bullet Train for Australia, Australian Christians, Australian Independents, The Greens, Group T, Liberals/The Nationals, Liberal Democrats

Bottom 10: No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Shooters and Fishers, Stable Population Party, Australian Labor Party, Pirate Party, DLP, Ungrouped independents, Socialist Equality Party, Group AJ

Where will my vote likely end?: Family First or The Greens

Aug. 28th, 2013

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket V – Katter’s Australian Party

Ticket V – Katter’s Australian Party http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/

Katter’s Australian Party was formed in 2011 by long-term independent MP Bob Katter. Its first attempt at registration with the abbreviation ‘The Australian Party’ was denied due to the name being too generic, but succeeded at the second attempt. The KAP is currently most well known and successful in Katter’s home state of Queensland, where it merged with the Queensland Party in 2011 and has been joined by disillusioned LNP sitting members of state Parliament. They are a socially conservative, centre-right party.

Their policies:
For: mandating shelf space in supermarkets for Australian grown and processed foods, all government cars to be Australian made, KPIs for all bureaucrat managers, reform education curricula to include life skills/effective communication/financial planning/career planning/life planning, biofuels, effective new energy technologies, personal freedoms, Australian society and government based on the principles of Christian values, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, equal opportunity, equality before the law, social cohesion, personal responsibility, personal accountability, government accountability, sovereignty and independence of Australia, enhancing Australia’s social and economic fabric, ‘support for those in genuine need while that need exists’, individual initiative, development of talents and skills, respect for all talents/skills/occupations regardless of education level required for them, having ‘a sufficient Defence Force to deter invasion and to prevent any territorial intrusion or threat’, maintaining strategic defence industry capabilities, being self-sufficient in manufacturing strategic defence requirements, alliances, appropriate stewardship and development of resources, a strong and self-sufficient economy, food security, self-sufficient in food production, security of strategic resources (including minerals), sufficient population and population distribution, putting Australia’s interests first, collective bargaining, compulsory arbitration, government to either provide or maintain affordability of essential services, government intrusion and interference upon households to only be permitted where human health and life is in immediate and serious jeopardy, state forests and similar vacant lands to be owned and accessible by the people, homes to be safe and exclusive safe haves for their residents, home ownership to be attainable for all Australians, property owners to be allowed to do ‘what is reasonably required’ to ensure the safety and quiet enjoyment of them and their family and property, governments must pay just compensation if they diminish the value of a person’s property, supporting and upholding marriage, children being raised by a father and a mother, accessible finance, affordable finance, government involvement in finance provision, population growth (especially in northern Australia), independent energy authority, develop a robust and effective national energy plan, national energy grid, energy resource reserves to protect Australian domestic energy needs, energy efficiency, consumptive energy optimisation to mitigate rising energy costs, ethanol-based fuels, all government purchases/contracts to go to Australian-made and Australian businesses unless no other alternative, Australian-made naval vessels, reduce interest rates, bring down the dollar, modify competition policy to give small business the same rights as consumers, public sector investment in infrastructure, more dams, better road and rail infrastructure, more effective and efficient power transmission networks, national interest tests for privatisation and foreign investment, government bond markets, fibre to the node NBN, whistleblower protection, random audits of the public service, the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target, ecoservices, clean fossil fuels, environmental stewardship, sustainable production systems, precautionary principle, constraining carbon emissions, renewable energy, reduce interest rates, WTO compliant tariffs, stricter biosecurity conditions on imports, more resources for quarantine and inspections services, arbitrated prices for agricultural produce at farmers’ requests, rural development bank, restore irrigation water to agriculture in the Murray Darling Basin, restricting Australia’s migration zone to the mainland, increase and enhance patrol boat fleet, turning back seaworthy asylum seeker boats, prosecution of suspected people smuggler leaders and organisers, faster assessment of asylum claims, conditional community release subject to electronic monitoring for a probationary period instead of mandatory detention, temporary visas for refugees, refugees on temporary visas to be put onto work for the dole programs, Indigenous Australians to be granted inalienable title over their lands, the Community Development Employment Program, engaging Indigenous Australians in civil construction projects, provide authority to Indigenous Australian community leaders to establish their own governance, closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, supporting small business, give small business the same industrial relations rights as employees, regulatory impact assessments for small business, a Small Business Ombudsman, separate award conditions for small business, education sector to better utilise existing funding, greater autonomy of schools, better recruitment/support/development of teachers, education to focus on providing a solid foundation of reading/writing/maths, teacher salaries to be a base salary plus bonuses for demonstrated student growth, ‘student growth’ to be counted as student improvement over the year regardless of the starting standard

Against: privatisation of public assets, carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, ‘nanny state’, regulation, importation of crop/livestock diseases, any foreign ownership or control of resources and agricultural production that is against the national interest/threatens Australia’s independence and sovereignty, non-government monopolies, concentration of market power, unnecessary limitations and restrictions on outdoor recreational activities (e.g. hunting, fishing, shooting, boating, 4 wheel driving, horse riding, camping, rock climbing, bushwalking, etc.), government interference in people’s personal lives, Crown lands, resources being degraded by irresponsible or needless use, same sex marriage, divorce, credit speculation, predatory banking activity, one sided and unrestrained banking foreclosure policies, 457 visas replacing/undermining Australian workers and their pay and conditions, monopolistic companies that control access to markets for Australian small business, fibre to the home NBN, extraction of coal seam gas within 3km of an aquifer, farmers and citizens having uninvited interference in their lives and resource management, illegal immigration, people smuggling, intervention and prohibition laws targeting Indigenous Australians,

Preferences
Top 10: Country Alliance, Australian Independents, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, One Nation, DLP, Australian Christians, Liberal Democrats, Palmer United Party, Australian Voice Party, Family First

Bottom 10: Australian Democrats, Pirate Party, Drug Law Reform, Secular Party of Australia, Help End Marijuana Prohibition, Stable Population Party, Socialist Equality Party, Australian Republicans, The Greens, Sex Party

Where is my vote likely to end?: DLP or Family First

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket U – Stop CSG

Ticket U – Stop CSG http://www.stopcsgparty.org.au/

The Stop CSG Party was founded in 2013 by NSW environmentalist Gordon Fraser. It aims to ban coal seam gas (CSG) mining in Australia.

Their policies:
For: environment, ethical behaviour, transparency, accountability, renewable energy, ecologically sustainable development, energy efficiency, clean water, water availability, respect for land ownership, land owners to be guaranteed right of refusal of entry to their land, land owners living up to their obligations to care for/nurture/manage their land, new development approvals must include complete verification that the proposal will not be harmful to people or the environment now or in the future, people/agencies who damage land or ecosystem to bear the full and ongoing cost of complete rehabilitation, people/agencies who carry out activities that harm human health or the environment to undertake and fund all relief/mitigation/compensation, precautionary principle to be applied to all development decision making, baseline testing for all development projects, industries and processes to be closely monitored and regularly reported on, regulation of licenses, consent conditioning, responsible governance of industries and processes, carbon management and reduction, emissions minimisation, carbon mitigation, carbon/emissions sequestration

Against: coal seam gas mining, other unconventional gas mining, fossil fuel energy, non-renewable energy, water pollution, land owners granting access to/use of land to activities/use that are damaging or create a net community wide disadvantage, industrial and business activities which are harmful to human health,

Preferences
Top 10: Senator Online, Help End Marijuana Prohibition, Bullet Train for Australia, Australian Democrats, Sex Party, Stable Population Party, Family First, Animal Justice Party, Building Australia Party, Australian Independents

Bottom 10: Tim Wilms (Liberal Democrats), Steve Malcolm (Shooters and Fishers), Simon Christie (Stop the Greens), Peter William Whelan (Liberal Democrats), Terry Maloney (Shooters and Fishers), John Rodda (No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics), Rosalie Crestani (Rise Up Australia Party), Chris Dawson (No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics), Daniel Nalliah (Rise Up Australia Party), Mark Farrell (DLP)

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or The Greens

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket T

Ticket T – (no name) (no campaign website - policy information collated from http://anarchistmedia.org/ and http://candobetter.net/)

Dr Joseph Toscano and Beth Matthews are Melbourne anarchists running a joint independent ticket. Toscano is well known for running an independent Senate ticket at most elections despite not being enrolled to vote, as since he is entitled to register to vote he is entitled to run for office. Toscano is also well known as a community radio broadcaster and community activist, and the founder of Friends of OUR ABC.

Their policies:
For: citizen initiated referenda, equality, anti-discrimination, a treaty between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous land rights, civil liberties, ultimate political authority being in the hands of the people, replacing the states with a Federation of 50 Regional Councils, a 1% market turnover tax and a wealth tax to further fund public health/education/services/infrastructure, climate change mitigation, an economic system based of cooperatives and collectives, the ABC, reclaiming the radical spirit of the Eureka Rebellion, extending Medicare, recall elections, informal voting by those who don’t believe in the system, a People’s Bank, community councils, housing affordability, Royal Commission into corruption, more public housing, encouraging people to take direct action (protests, occupations, boycotts, etc.), equal access to society’s wealth, public spaces

Against: corporate capitalism, privatising the ABC, commercials on the ABC, predatory behaviour of banks, corruption, corporate influence on government, the wealth gap, council bylaws being used to remove protesters from public space

Preferences:
Top 10: The Wikileaks Party, The Greens, Animal Justice Party, The Australian Republicans, Secular Party of Australia, Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party, Senator Online, Bank Reform Party, Stable Population Party, Australian Labor Party

Bottom 10: Liberal Democrats, Australian Christians, DLP, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Smokers Rights, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Shooters and Fishers, Palmer United Party, Family First, Rise Up Australia Party

Where will my vote likely end?: The Greens or Labor

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket S – The Greens

Phew! This one is significantly longer than any of the others - over twice as long as the next longest one, in fact. It's taken around 5 hours to go through and summarise all of the Greens policies. Be prepared for a HUGE wall of text (and I'm now planning out how to break up these walls of text when I get this all nicely edited, formatted, linked, etc.)

Ticket S – The Greens http://greens.org.au/

The Australian Greens formed in 1992 as an amalgamation of approx. a dozen state and local level green groups and parties. The Australian Greens is made up of state and territory Greens parties, who set their own memberships fees and requirements, and who provide delegates to make up the National Council. This arrangement at times leads to frictions between various groups within the party over party policy and things such as centralisation vs. state/territory party autonomy. The Greens are a progressive left-wing party with a strong focus on environmentalism, human rights, health and education.

Their policies:
For: 2% company tax cut for small business, raise instant asset write off to $10k, more funding and legislative backing for the Small Business Commissioner, high speed rail, more funding for Medicare, lowering out-of-pocket health costs, build more social housing, ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, compensation for people wrongfully convicted of federal crimes, strengthening Australia’s anti-discrimination laws, equality, human rights, research and funding to identify/manage/protect important habitat and threatened species, refund the Biodiversity Fund, keep federal environmental veto powers with the federal government, establish no-go zones as part of bioregional plans, develop and resource recovery plans for threatened species and ecological communities, a National Energy Efficiency Scheme, an Energy Savings Agency, people to be paid fairly for the clean energy they produce, cleaner and cheaper energy, peak demand management targets, increasing the Renewable Energy Target to 90% by 2030, increase Clean Energy Finance to $3 billion/year for ten years, improve national electricity transmission planning, carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, aiming for 100% clean energy, increase per student university funding by 10%, waive HECS/HELP debts for teachers in childcare day care, childcare assistance payments, more funding for childcare, streamline childcare payments, support community mental health care, Mental Health Nurses Incentive Program, Better Access program, establish a National Institute for Mental Illness Research, increased mental health funding, reintroduce the NGO Capacity Grants program for the mental health sector, suicide prevention education campaign, Western Sydney light rail network and Inner West light rail network, artistic activities that provide community benefits to be eligible for Centrelink mutual obligation requirements, additional investment for the ArtStart program, Parliament’s arts procurement polity to preference acquisitions from young and emerging Australian artists, additional tax breaks for artists starting small businesses, funding to pay artist’s fees for public art work, extend eligibility for the Australian Government Hearing Services program, investment in early language and communication intervention for hearing impaired children prior to them starting school, national database for children with hearing impairments, sound field systems for new classrooms, multidisciplinary project to address hearing impairments in Indigenous Australian communities, prioritise hearing screenings and follow up for children from remote Indigenous Australian communities, Renewable Energy Development Zones, clean energy producers/hotspots to be properly linked to the national energy grid, funding for economic development and social services for the Kimberley region, community processing for asylum seekers, bridging visas, 30 day time limit on initial asylum seeker detention, periodic judicial review of any detention longer than 30 days, double the number of Indigenous Rangers over 10 years, a Clean Air Act, regulate air pollution sources, air quality monitoring network, national standards for air quality, emission standards for non-road engines, tighter emission standards for heaters, national minimum standard for rental tenancies, review and increase funding to the state/territory Tenancy Advice Services, funding for landlords to make upgrades to meet the minimum standards, improve security of tenure of tenancies, increase stability and fairness of rent prices, better protection for vulnerable renter groups, increase safety and security of rental properties, efficiency and environmental standards for rentals, national standard times for child-friendly TV ads, Australian Community Renewable Energy Program, community-owned clean energy projects, funding to reform rural mental health services, investment into community-based mental health programs, increase investment into science research and innovation to 3% of GDP by 2020, Open Access Publishing of government-funded research, re-fund the Sustainable Research Excellence program, investment into health research, create Integrated Health Research Centres to translate research results to clinical practice, a new National Research Infrastructure Facilities Council, Future Fellowships schemes, default 5 year ARC and NHMRC grants, more investment in community broadcasters, Australian Music Radio Airplay project, establish a Content Creation Fund to support innovative programming, a community broadcasting training fund, funding for the Community Broadcasting Foundation to support development in rural and regional areas, investment in tagging and research studies of shark species, the Whale Shark Recovery Plan, prevent the Grey Nurse shark from going extinct, register of foreign ownership of agricultural land and water assts, lower the threshold for consideration by the Foreign Investment Review Board to $5 million, stronger national interest test to be applied by the Foreign Investment Review Board for purchases of agricultural land and water resources, food security, increased legal aid funding, increased funding for community legal centres, increased funding for Indigenous Australians’ legal services, reducing federal court fees to 2010/2011 levels, voluntary euthanasia, fair indexation for military and civilian Commonwealth superannuation, increased funding for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, strategic impact statements for the Great Barrier Reef before any new developments can be approved, increased funding to farmers to improve water quality, increased funding for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, reducing marine pollution, clear country of origin labelling on products, fibre to the home NBN, structural separation of Telstra’s wholesale and retail arms, NBN information to be available under the Freedom of Information Act, moves to privatise the NBN being subject to review to protect the public interest and to require Parliament approval, a Capital Grants Fund to build or expand childcare centres, increased funding to rural and regional hospitals, infrastructure grants for rural and regional clinics, grants for doctors to provide training in rural areas, funding after hours care in rural areas, gun control, Australian Youth Parliament, youth Question Time, Parliamentary Press Gallery to have a mentoring program for young aspiring journalists and newsmakers, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, national action plan for Indigenous Australian reconciliation and equality, nuclear testing veterans to receive the same health care as combat veterans, increase TAFE funding, more investment in agricultural research and development, create a Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, re-prioritise Commonwealth funding for agricultural sectors and rural communities, Independent Health Advisory Panel to monitor asylum seeker health and wellbeing while detention is still ongoing, regulate sports science (accreditation, medical oversight, etc.), strengthen competition laws, increase resources and effectiveness of the ACCC, extend the Australian Consumer Law framework to include business agreements involving small business and farmers, ACCC ex-post assessment into their decisions relating to the grocery market, support wildlife carer training programs, funding for wildlife care expenses and equipment, research into wildlife care and rehabilitation, 24 hour wildlife care advice hotlines, community education on wildlife care, targeted awareness campaign on eye health, increased funding into eye health and vision research and monitoring, development and funding of a 10 year national eye health and vision strategy for high risk populations, funding into research and technology for eye disease and eye health treatments, Justice Reinvestment programs, increase humanitarian intake to 30 000/year, fund safe assessment centres run by UNHCR and welfare organisations for asylum seekers, assist the UNHCR to speed up asylum seeker assessments and resettlements, farmers markets, community food box schemes, producer cooperatives, local food hubs for packaging and value-adding local food, creating and marketing a regional food brand, a National Biosecurity Commission, a National Biosecurity Authority, $1 bet limits on pokies, pokies load up limit of $20, pokies jackpot limit of $500, flood levees, permanent fire breaks, coastal protection works, increase funding to the National Disaster Resilience Program, re-fund the National Climate Change Adaptation Facility, $2/tonne levy on coal exports to fund disaster prevention/mitigation programs, six months paid maternity leave at 100% replacement wage (capped at $100k/year), two weeks paid paternity leave at 100% replacement wage (capped at $100k/year), amend workplace laws so women have stronger rights to return to their jobs and low income/casual workers are not disadvantaged, increase funding for schools, bring public schools up to the Schooling Resource Standard, direct additional funding for schools to where it is most needed, direct school funding to assist children with disabilities, $50/week increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance, a further $40/week increase to Newstart for single parents, higher income free threshold for single parents, better indexation of allowance payments, better job services, enforceable right to ask for flexible working conditions, independent measurement of methane emissions from coal seam gas, extend water protection to shale gas/tight gas/underground coal gasification, stronger environmental laws, the right of farmers and landholders to say no to coal mining and coal seam gas on their land, water protection, increase funding to homelessness services, build 7000 new homes by 2020, 30% Location Tax Offset for films, location offset to apply to all films, restore the Regional Arts Fund, invest in artistic cultural development officers for regional and remote local governments, simplify grants programs for the arts, work/life balance, grant program to help farmers under pressure from high energy usage for capital equipment upgrade and renewable energy system installation, include national parks under national environmental laws, same-sex marriage, Denticare, protecting native forests, sustainably managed logging plantations, 40% mineral resources rent tax, higher tax rate on incomes over $1 million/year, bank levy on bank assets in excess of $100 billion, a National Anti-Corruption Commission, greater transparency and accountability for corporate lobbyists, clean energy subsidies, regulate coal dust in the atmosphere, Fair Trade Agreements, support local manufacturing, assist local manufacturing to become more energy efficient, penalty rates, fair wages, unfair dismissal protection, permanent jobs over casual jobs, support for firefighters who contract cancer in their line of work, increased investment in science/maths/Asian language education in schools, increase the living away from home Youth Allowance by $100/fortnight, increase affordable rental and student housing places under the National Housing Affordability Plan, increase renters’ rights, more effective Rent Assistance, National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care reform, sustainable transport infrastructure, public transport, freight rail, active transport (e.g. bikes), housing affordability, sustainable housing, new federal Equality Act, Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, improve the Native Title Act, increase foreign aid to 0.5% GNI by 2015 and 0.7% by 2020, additional investment to meet our commitment to the UN Millenium Development Goals for reducing global poverty, legislate to make the power to declare war and deploy armed forces contingent on parliamentary approval, better scrutiny of Free Trade agreements, support equal pay, assist women to achieve greater financial security, pro-choice, increase women’s representation in all levels of government, regulate 40+% board positions of large companies to be held by women, anti-discrimination laws to extend to domestic violence victims, support women’s reproductive health foreign aid programs, legislate truth in political advertising, three year fixed terms for Parliament, tougher regulation of lobbyists, disclosure of lobbyist activities, a referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution, lower the voting age to 16, online privacy and civil liberties, amend the Telecommunications legislation to include warrant requirements for law enforcement, media reform, public interest tests to prevent further consolidation of the media, reform copyright law,

Against: mistreatment of people in detention, low bulk billing rates, high out-of-pocket health costs, religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, subsidies to fossil fuel companies, coal exports, fossil fuel power plants, higher education budget cuts, overspending on new roads, mining in the Kimberley, mandatory detention, Pacific solution, PNG solution, Malaysia solution, indefinite and long term detention for asylum seekers, offshore detention centres, high rents, targeted advertising of harmful products to children, subscription TV channels dedicated to children’s programming showing ads for junk food/gambling/alcohol, companies using email and smartphones to target underage customers with advertising material for unhealthy food/gambling/alcohol, the purchase of agricultural land and water assets by wholly owned subsidiaries of foreign governments, dredging and offshore dumping of dredge spoil in World Heritage waters, new coal or gas ports in pristine areas, damaging port expansions, fibre to the node NBN, semi-automatic handguns (government owned weapons exempted), supermarket duopoly owning agricultural land, children in detention, exotic pests and diseases coming into Australia, coal seam gas, gas and coal ports along the Great Barrier Reef, homelessness, sponsorship of sporting teams by gambling companies, advertising live odds at any time, ‘cash-for-comment where sports commentators integrate promotion of betting companies into sports programs’, Future Fund investment in fossil fuels, nuclear weapons and nuclear power, uranium mining, live exports, industrial native forest logging and woodchipping, converting native forests to plantations, importing primates for experimentation, fossil fuel industry subsidies, Free Trade Agreements, WorkChoices or similar, casual and insecure jobs, asbestos, traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, Northern Territory Emergency Response program and Stronger Futures program, taking money from foreign aid for military needs or asylum seeker detention, mandatory internet filtering,

Preferences
Top 10: The Wikileaks Party, Sex Party, Pirate Party, Drug Law Reform, Secular Party of Australia, Group T, Bullet Train for Australia, Stop CSG, Group AJ, Australian Democrats

Bottom 10: Country Alliance, Smokers Rights, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Shooters and Fishers, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Australian Christians, Stop the Greens, Citizens Electoral Council, Rise Up Australia Party, One Nation

Where is my vote likely to end up?: The Greens or Labor

Aug. 27th, 2013

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket R – Australian Independents

Ticket R – Australian Independents http://www.australianindependents.org.au/

The Australian Independents were formed in 2013 by economics and politics lecturer Dr Patricia Petersen. Their charter seeks to re-engage the Australian community with the political process, and to promote political representatives to properly represent their electorates, not their parties.

Their policies:
For: increasing the minimum wage, government funding for charities (e.g. St Vincent’s de Paul, Anglicare, Salvation Army, Red Cross, etc.), support for single parent families, revoking recent legislation which have led to women and their families experiencing financial hardship, more public housing, housing affordability, more funding for child protection agencies and family support services, crime prevention and rehabilitation, increasing police numbers, increasing the number of fully funded university places for doctors and nurses, investment in preventative health, student nurses receiving salaries for in-hospital on the job training, more funding for mental health services, closing the gap between public and private schools, closing the education outcome gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, fully funded TAFE and university education, more investment in research and development, increased funding to science and technology research industries, responsible economic management, Budget surplus, lower taxes, lower company tax rate, increased growth and productivity, job creation, employment opportunities, national high speed rail system, additional public transport to rural and regional areas, improved public transport for people with special needs, more childcare places and facilities, increased wages for childcare workers, affordable childcare, rights of disable people, improved education/health/housing/public transport/employment/social opportunities for people with disabilities, increase the wage threshold for the Disability Support Pension, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, ensuring the NDIS is compatible with the needs of people with disabilities and their carers, significantly increase the Carers Allowance, increase respite support, remove the age limit from the NDIS, ensure seniors have access to affordable health/dental care and cheaper private health insurance, three year price freeze on electricity, reducing hospital waiting lists, narrower gap payments for health services, ensure good quality and affordable aged care for all, increase the salaries of aged care nurses, improved and extended in-home support for seniors, fire sprinklers in all aged care homes, promotion of healthy lifestyles, healthy diet and exercise related educational programs, more investment in preventative health, increase child and adult participation in sport, increased financial/health/social support for veterans, military only to be deployed for self defence and peacekeeping, UN military action to prevent invasion of other countries/genocide/human rights abuses, improve access to artistic and cultural experiences for all Australian, additional funding for arts training, additional funding for arts projects in rural and regional areas, collective bargaining, safer workplaces, increased minimum wage, pro-choice, financial support and counselling for women in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, 12 month paid parental leave scheme, human rights, all political representatives and parliamentarians to uphold international human rights and humanitarian law, closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, increased funding and support for Indigenous communities in all regards, increasing the Renewable Energy Target to 30+% by 202 and 75% by 2030, net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, renewable energy sources, more investment in the renewables industry, regulating the dairy industry, assisting the dairy industry to be viable, refugees being processed in or near their own countries, increasing the humanitarian intake to 50 000 per year, placing asylum seekers in rural and regional areas, asylum seekers who arrive by boat to be flown back to their own countries for processing, awareness campaigns to inform asylum seekers of the locations of refugee processing centres in their own countries, high quality legal representation for all Australians, fair and equitable legal system, more investment in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, harsher penalties for victim-related crimes, harsher penalties from crimes/cruelty to animals, regulating the banking sector to ensure banks pass on full interest rate cuts and increases, promote competition within the banking sector, promoting the importance of vaccinations and fertility control for pets, electoral commissions to distribute a booklet with all candidates and their policies to households, all candidates to have the opportunity to place one how to vote card in polling booths

Against: Homelessness, poverty, the changes to the Single Parent’s Allowance, HECS, TAFE fees, wasteful spending, the compliance and red tape burden on small business, nuclear weapons, bullying, coal seam gas mining, gas fired power stations, transporting and exporting uranium, toxic waste, ATM fees, banks holding onto customer funds for an unreasonable length of time (e.g. clearance times for cheques), puppies and kittens being sold in pet shops, puppy farming, caging of large birds, predator pets being allowed to roam after dark, native animal culls, oceanic noise pollution, whaling, human cruelty to animals, donations to political parties by unions and corporations, government corruption, electoral advertising and how to vote cards at polling booths, electoral advertising

Preferences:
Top 10: Australian Democrats, Australian Christians, Rise Up Australia Party, Family First, DLP, Sex Party, Australian Voice Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bullet Train for Australia, Animal Justice Party
Bottom 10: Shooters and Fishers, Smokers Rights, Liberal Democrats, Stop the Greens, Citizens Electoral Council, Katter’s Australian Party, Palmer United Party, The Greens, Liberal/The Nationals, Australian Labor Party

Where is my vote likely to end up?: Family First or the DLP

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket Q – Australian Voice Party

Ticket Q – Australian Voice Party http://av.org.au/

The Australian Voice Party was registered in 2013 by John Turner. They run on a platform of political reform, and promise that any elected members will follow the will of their electorate, not their party.

Their policies:
For: replace MP salaries/pensions/superannuation/allowances/retirement benefits with a fixed allowance and a superannuation in line with other Australians, MPs retiring during their term for any reason other than ill health to fund the costs of the by-election to replace them, the AEC to run debates during election campaigns involving all registered parties and broadcast these on TV and radio, political donations to be limited to $5k per person/business per election cycle, review the Fringe Benefits Tax, import levies, a Small Business Impact Statement in every major policy initiative, a review of Ombudsmen/Commissioners in regard to discrimination against small businesses, strengthening the Franchising Code of Conduct, review the Franchising Code of Conduct, east coast high speed train link, investigate the viability of a second Sydney airport, better consultation with community and business, a freexe on the sale of farming properties in possession of mortgages, lower funding costs for farmers, greater autonomy over their land for farmers, Indigenous Australian communities to be offered development priority for aquaculture and hydroponics ventures, allowing superannuation to be drawn down for mortgage reduction on homes, restoring accountability and transparency to all levels of government, 30% increase in the aged pension, lower income tax for seniors, tax incentives for small business to employ seniors, stabilities the superannuation rules, increasing the income level for Health Care Card eligibility, dental care to be included in Medicare, migrants must speak or learn English and integrate into Australian communities and culture, realistic humanitarian quotas, an investigation into the banking industry, a close examination of banking industry regulators, more stringent testing of food imports, strict genetic guidelines and bioengineering restrictions, mandatory truth in labelling, medical treatment tourism, reform of aged care policy, restoring the mental health system, review health impacts on servicemen and women, address health worker safety, reinstall a health watchdog, Denticare, medical intervention except on proven and acceptable religious grounds, fair indexation of military superannuation, equitable treatment of veteran’s disability pensions, a single compensation regime for all current and former members of the ADF, increased funding for veteran health care, increased funding for veteran community accommodation, whistleblower protection legistlation, bio-fuels, technologies to produce hydrogen and crude oil from plant matter, sustainable energy solutions, greening of creek and river banks, planting hardwood forests, sustainable building and utility design, fishing, tax reform,

Against: parliamentary pensions for life, parliamentary retirement benefits (such as travel passes), political donations from companies/unions/foundations with a vested interest, carbon price, emissions trading scheme, anti-competitive behaviour, predatory pricing, collusive behaviour, corporations that provide services within Australia using off-shore jobs, foreign ownership of farmland, expansion of coal seam gas operations until there is complete confidence that there are no negative environmental impacts, the influence of party politics and corporations in governments, the party whip system, illegal immigrants, ‘economic refugees’, banks not passing on the full reductions of official interest rates, high retail mortgage rates, high credit card interest rates, GMOs, interference/change in jury process principles, marine parks, corporate welfare, supporting the car industry big business tax concessions, research and development/skills development/export program grants to corporate Australia

Preferences
Top 10: Sex Party, Stop CSG, Building Australia Party, Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Senator Online, Australian Independents, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Stable Population Party, One Nation

Bottom 10: The Australian Republicans, Secular Party of Australia, DLP, Palmer United Party, Stop the Greens, Smokers Rights, Liberal Democrats, Liberal/The Nationals, Australian Labor Party, The Greens

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or the DLP

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket P – Building Australia Party

Ticket P – Building Australia Party http://www.buildingaustralia.org.au/

The Building Australia Party was formed in 2010, on the basis of being against further regulations on the Australian building industry. It is lead by building designer Raymond Brown, who is the former national president of the Building Designers Association of Australia.

Their policies:
For: housing affordability, land affordability, releasing more land for building, deferring the up-front infrastructure cost, an Independent Building Commission to evaluate all legislation and regulations that affect the building/construction/planning industries, review the Home Owners Warranty Insurance scheme, sustainable and environmentally sound development, using cost-efficient technologies in energy and water saving, better management of Australia’s river systems, more investment in piped irrigation systems, support the growth and viability of inland towns, support nurses, improve nurse to patient ratio, assist Australian citizen/resident access to public health, make the public health system more efficient, support preventative medicine, construct Regional Centres of Excellence to supply specialist medical services to regional areas, support the establishment of accessible eye/ear/dental specialists, support aged and disabled care carers, reduce costs and planning delays for new homes and extensions, harmonise planning controls, review the Workers Compensation Act, establish an industry based fund to cover costs of injury/illness of building and construction industry workers, workers comp premiums to be collected at the building approval stage, amend the Workers Compensation Act, public transport, traffic reduction, regional rail and transport hubs, improve and integrate interstate rail links, national vocational licensing scheme, ensure the status of contractors/subcontractors in all industries

Against: being totally green at all costs, excessive traffic, traffic and transport ‘quick fixes’

Preferences:
Top 10: Bullet Train for Australia, Rise Up Australia Party, Australian Voice Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bank Reform Party, Animal Justice Party, Drug Law Reform, Stop CSG, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Help End Marijuana Prohibition

Bottow 10: Secular Party of Australia, Palmer United Party, The Australian Republicans, Stop the Greens, Smokers Rights, Liberal Democrats, Liberal/The Nationals, Australian Labor Party, The Greens, Socialist Equality Party

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or the DLP

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