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August 17, 2012
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Title:
– A Political Alternative –
–  Australian Community Party –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman | 17th Aug 2012 |
Overnight this has come across my desk. I feel it is rather self explanatory. Just in case, a good friend, Mr Doug McLeod is attempting to start a new political party, The Australian Community Party to broaden debate. It goes:

Vision

A Community Party founded on the pillars of Unity, Democracy and Egalitarian Principals.

Core Background 

Australia is leaderless, with politics that borders on Oligarchy; where disproportionate share of the profits of the mining boom are being misappropriated by various elite professional groups rather than being invested into structural economic development. Australia has a history as a clever country, a world leader in science and engineering; yet that legacy has been and is consistently squandered to the point of disconnect and social dis-cohesion. For example;

  • We have excess lawyers advertising their expertise in liability claims, but a legal system to which the average person has no access because it is prohibitively complex and expensive.
  • We have liability laws which create individualism rather than community and collective goals.
  • We have a huge industry of financial advisors who give bad financial advice.
  • We have a shortage of engineers, and infrastructure career choices are secondary to finance and law.
  • Career politicians are too well paid so they are sycophantic.

As we attempt to address this declining or stagnant productivity the OECD in their last report on Australia highlights the need for professional reform.

Founding Principles – Policy Platform.

This party is founded on the beliefs that our unprecedented rate of social and technical change has optimising choices. Therefore, our leaders must commit to broader economic wellness measures, encompassing;

  • The most important single issue is preserving life on earth in all of its beauty and diversity.
  • Policy and legal changes must be implemented with regard to their effect on community from which people derive their sense of cohesion, meaning and worth.
  • Alienation of community and environmental degradation are secondary to success as measured by profits. Economic profit is debased.
  • Progress in egalitarian concepts is consistently appropriated by the elite to serve their purposes eg Freedom of Information of Parliamentary Expenses, or double standards towards self endowment of Union Funds. Multi-nationals not paying their proportionate share of taxation. Outrageous salaries paid to Chief Executives.
  • That Australia’s current economic policies are naive, controlled by narrow minded multi-nationals and behind the times in terms of contemporary theory and have demonstrably failed in practice.
  • These policies have had the predictable effect of dumbing down Australian industry and turning us into a branch economy.
  • Allowing foreign purchase of Australian assets does not bring in technology as claimed, but rather creates a demand for Australian dollars which keeps the dollar high, destroying our industry.
  • That the Reserve Bank of Australia Charter return to the original 4 ideals of economic growth, low unemployment, stability of currency and contained inflation.
  • That Australia needs an economic plan of the kind which has proven so successful for the Asian countries. That Australia must keep pace with the Asian nations or be treated with contempt by them.
  • That Australia has been poorly served by its elite who lack generosity of spirit, ability and therefore confidence of the masses.
  • Too often those same CEO’s are foreigners hired to not be bound by culture and society expectations.
  • The elites use a narrow spectrum of liberal issues to vilify and dis-empower mainstream opinion.
  • That the professions (particularly finance and law) are concerned only with misappropriating Australia’s natural wealth rather than serving the masses.
  • Politicians are too well paid and afraid to make hard decisions only practising short sighted public opinion poll politics.
  • Resulting in ultimately the appropriation of Australia’s wealth by the professional classes, particularly legal, financial planners, fund managers, CEOs and management classes, seriously depleting our national savings and leaving a capital deficit which has to be met from overseas investment. The remuneration those professional classes receive is not the result of the free market but rather the suspension of the free market by politically powerful interests.
  • That the impact of this dis-cohesion on children and our future expectations has been particularly retrograde.

Now is the time to redeem the situation, now is the time for change! Procrastination is the thief of time!

The above is a work in progress. If these are the issues then solutions must follow. Please watch this space for part 2.

In coming weeks a website ‘communityparty.org.au’ will be established.


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  1. September 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    An update –

    Platform of the Australian Community Party as at 18th August 2012

    Aims:
    • A free equal and open society
    • An environmentally sustainable society in Australia and worldwide
    • Putting Australia back on track to a future we can look forward to

    People often ask why can’t we do more for Julian Assange. We adopt a deferential position towards the United States because the decline of Australia’s industry and defence forces makes us weak and insecure. Our industry has declined because of poor economic policies and the higher pay in professionals such as law and finance which attract the cream of our talent. Issues are interconnected. The Community party is founded on six core beliefs:

    Community

    There is currently no concept of progress in government – decisions are made and their impact is not reviewed. Too often change is driven by special interest groups and implemented without regard to its effect on relationships between people, the glue that keeps us together. We have liability law which makes people responsible for the acts of others, divorce laws which inspire conflict, governments which promote gambling to raise revenue, and even fishing license requirements which discourage people from getting out of their houses for healthy relaxation and friendship. People feel alienated and wary, standards of civility are on the decline. Too little thought has been given to what makes life satisfying and worthwhile.

    • An end to law which makes you responsible for accidents which others, including trespassers, have on your property
    • An end to public liability liability and the subversion of the concept of personal responsibility
    • No use of political correctness against ordinary people while the elite manipulate it for their own benefit
    • Roll back all the measures which have alienated ordinary people from each other
    • A population policy for Australia with population capped at current levels for Sydney and Melbourne. New industries to be located outside these centres.
    • Every Australian to have the chance to live in a free standing house with decent sized grounds and access to parkland and bush. High rise unit accommodation to be discouraged/banned except in the city centres.
    • An end to state taxation of gambling, and humane policy towards gambling as a result.

    Economy

    Australia’s current economic policies are naive, behind the times in terms of theory and have demonstrably failed in practice. They have had the predictable effect of dumbing down Australian industry and turning us into a branch economy. The foreign purchase of Australian assets does not usually bring in technology, but creates a demand for Australian dollars which keeps the dollar high, damaging our industry. The appropriation of Australia’s wealth by the professional classes seriously depletes our national savings leaving a capital deficit which has to be met by overseas borrowing. Australia needs an economic plan of the kind which has proven so successful for the Asian countries.

    • Introduce industrial planning, as all the Asian countries have, so we do not waste our mining bonanza.
    • Prevent foreign investment in the mining and rural sectors, and begin a buy back program as Indonesia is doing.
    • Prevent over valuation of the dollar which is forcing manufacturing out of business, by buying back the farm. (The outflow of the dollar necessary to do this will force it down).
    • An end to payroll tax, stamp duty, gambling taxes and superannuation levies (government to pay instead), with the resulting revenue shortfall to be made up by tax law reform to stamp out tax evasion. There are also a lot of wasteful and counterproductive government programs which could be rationalized.

    Education

    A great deal of money has been spent on education but the outcomes are very uneven. The selective school system has introduced a class system into Australian society in one generation. Average standards are no higher (but also no lower) than they were in the 1960s when only one third as much (in real terms per child) was spent. Pay for teachers has fallen greatly compared to other professions so good teachers are not fairly rewarded and there are not as many of them. The teachers’ unions have introduced many restrictive trade practices. Educational theory is too dogmatic, too narrow and does not teach the children self discipline and the joy of achievement.

    • Our schools are now divided into selective and comprehensive. Phase it out by making every school a selective school with facilities for the gifted.
    • Physical sports as a compulsory part of the curriculum, and equal value to be placed on intellectual achievement in schools. Chess, maths, science, literary and linguistic competitions to be equally encouraged.
    • Other problems in schools: overuse of computers / underemphasis on basics / tolerance of bullying / gender-based racism / abusive union tactics / overuse of group work (so called group constructive learning) and underuse of skills requiring concentration such as memorisation. These skills build brain pathways more effectively than any other methods.
    • Children who play outdoors are happy and healthy, and develop the creativity and optimism needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Children who play computer games are often unenthusiastic about school, depressed and apathetic. They are trapped within the confines of someone else’s imagination, often violent.

    Environment

    The most important single issue is preserving life on earth in its beauty and diversity. This means protecting the habitat of the other life with which we share the earth, controlling our own population and limiting greenhouse gases.

    • Introduce a carbon consumption tax, not a carbon tax, so that exporters have the tax rebated (like the GST) and are not disadvantaged. Tax imports from countries without a carbon tax. This overcomes the ‘prisoners dilemma’ problem of a carbon production tax and gives every country an incentive to join the system not stay out of it.
    • Strictest protection of natural areas. Australia has enough mining already and future generations will need the resources still in the ground.
    • New development in those areas which can take it and want it, for instance tropical Queensland.
    • Assistance for environmental protection in other countries. We sink or swim together.

    Human rights

    There has been patchy progress in human rights but the human rights agenda has been appropriated by the elite to serve their purposes. Both men and women are the target of gender-based racism at various times but little is done to stop it.

    • Human rights for everyone in the community, not just the elite
    • Investigation of the so-called Victorian Human Rights Commission
    • Recognition that gender-based racism is racism
    • Prevent the elite using human rights to vilify, delegitimize and so disempower the working and middle classes
    • A stricter treatment for boat people who deliberately destroy their passports.
    • Australia to pay third world countries like India for the cost of immigrants’ education
    • Provide immigrants with alternatives to hard work and expensive high rise flats. If they accepted into Australia they are entitled to a decent lifestyle not exploitation.
    • More confidence to be shown in dealing with situations where our policies appear to contradict international bodies (this applies to both human rights and economic bodies). There is probably no country on earth which displays less confidence in dealing with these bodies than Australia. These unelected organizations have no mandate or moral authority – our role is to lead them not follow them. The legal establishment in Australia exploits these bodies for its own self aggrandisement.

    Professional reform

    Most of the profits of the mining boom are being appropriated by various elite professional groups rather than being invested into industrial development. In the 1960s Australia was a clever country, a world leader in science and engineering; that legacy has been squandered. We have a glut of lawyers but a legal system to which the average person has no access because it is too expensive. We have liability laws which drive people apart. We have a huge industry of financial advisors who give financial advice for commission. But we have a shortage of engineers. Career politicians are too well paid so they are too timid to rock the boat. This is not a radical manifesto; the OECD in their last report on Australia highlighted the need for professional reform. The remuneration which the professions receive is not the result of the free market but rather the suspension of the free market by politically powerful interests.

    • We have a legal system which most people can’t afford and which privileges a legal elite.
    • We will introduce a new code of conduct for lawyers and an independent body to police it.
    • Affordable divorce, with lawyers on a set fee so they have no incentive to generate conflict.
    • We will simplify the tax and social security system and introduce government provided financial advice. Abolition of commissions to planners.
    • Payment for CEOs to be decided by shareholders at the annual general meeting. Option bonus schemes which are easily manipulated to be outlawed.
    • Legal trusts are extensively used for tax avoidance; they are to be sharply cut back to a small range of genuine uses only
    • Dealing with defined offshore tax havens to be made illegal
    • Many other restrictive trade practices, in virtually every profession, need to be abolished

    Australia has been poorly served by its elite who lack ability, confidence and generosity of spirit. The professions seem to be concerned with appropriating Australia’s natural wealth rather than service. The media uses a narrow spectrum of liberal issues to vilify and disempower mainstream opinion. Politicians are too well paid to make hard decisions. Australia must keep pace with the Asian nations or be treated with contempt by them. We still have time to redeem the situation but our window of opportunity will disappear fast.

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