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January 2016

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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,

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