|We come from every country. And that’s what makes Australians the best people in the world. But are we a little bit too relaxed, a little bit too easy going, for our own good? Why do we put up with the worst, the most crooked, the most corrupt, incompetent, and most embarrassing parliamentarians, bureaucrats and judiciary in the world?
Why do we put up with leaders, at all levels of government that lack leadership and lack vision? Why do we put up with people in our top government positions that are too busy playing at politics, and have forgotten the skills and lack the values necessary to do the work of governing?
Do we want our children, and our children’s children to be even more dependent on American military protection, or Chinese economic growth, or European financial markets, than we are today? Do we want our children to have to trust an Australian government that is even less trustworthy than what we’ve got now?
Or do we want our children and our children’s children to be part of the most stable, prosperous and brightest, self-sufficient country in the world, with stable jobs, stable homes, stable families, solid educations and unlimited prospects?
There is no doubt that our current crop of leaders have no clear vision or strategy for growing our nation and for securing our self-sufficiency, our independence and our future.
The main issue confronting Australia, for the third generation in a row, is the lack of leadership, the lack of principles and the lack of vision at the top of our national government.
Australian leaders have for too long allowed Australia’s future to remain directionless, content to be blown along according to the lucky trade wins from America, from China and from Europe. But as we have seen all too often, and all too recently, we cannot count on those trade wins blowing in our favour forever.
It is time for us to take up the oars, and hoist our own sales and be masters of our own destiny.
We need a national growth plan, we need to identify and implement a set of a set of guiding principles for growing our national prosperity, to create homes, jobs and families around the key pillars of fostering education and regional water, energy, transport, manufacturing and community infrastructure.
And we need leaders in government with the strengths, the values and the vision to lead us in the implement of these infrastructure and education strategies, as a team, rather than engaging in divisive and petty, embarrassing political puppet shows.
Authorised by James Johnson
Independent Federal Candidate for Lalor
PO Box 6137 Point Cook Victoria 3030
1. JOBS – We need a national growth plan based on new infrastructure projects and education. Australia is a continent more than double the size of India. Yet most of our population live in half a dozen cities the size (land mass) of Singapore. For more than a century Australian governments have allowed our continent to drift along under strategies that lead to massive overcrowding, strains and elitism. Why doesn’t Australia have the great inland cities to match the great inland cities of America, China or Europe? We have one Snowy Mountains Electricity Scheme and one Tasmanian Hydro Electricity Scheme. We should have dozens of them. All around the continent. Opening up huge new pastures. Clean energy schemes, combined with transport hubs, bringing industry and agriculture to remote mining areas, leading to new manufacturing in those regions, and new residential towns and cities. We need to kickstart our pioneering spirit and take a lot of the strain of our already oversized and over stressed capital cities.
2. HOMES – We need a proper inquiry into home ownership and lending, interest rate and eviction practices in Australia. Too many Australians are falling prey to predatory lending practices. Too many Australian’s are being evicted from their homes under mortgage and other credit contracts that even the worst Scrooge should have regarded unconscionable. Australian homes are amongst the most expensive in the world. Comparable homes in Melbourne Florida (an hour from Miami CBD) are less than a quarter the cost of a home in outer Melbourne suburbs, Making Australia’s’ homeland, our suburbs, look more and more like a giant ponzi scheme. Too much of this is artificially driven. The fostering and development of regional cities and towns will take a lot of the excess strain out of this system.
3. FAMILIES – We need to shut down Australia’s unconstitutional, killer family courts, which process more than a 100,000 more families, with predatory lawyers drawing and quartering $40bn of divorce estates every year at a cost to taxpayers in excess of $4bn a year. These families need guidance and counselling, not government fostered, tax-funded abuse from lawyers. Regional growth projects, creating brighter opportunities and youth and education initiatives, as well as proper government tax and welfare reforms will take some of the excessive strain of our families and children. We need education and counselling strategies so that our families lead the world with the best parenting skills, instead of being among the worst.
4. EDUCATION – Our biggest goal should be to make Australians the world’s best educated people. The HECS scheme should be cancelled as quickly as possible. Compensations, not just apologies, should be made to the “stolen (from) generations” of HECS paying students – and to those scared off higher studies because they couldn’t bear to pay HECS debts. University and TAFE opportunities should be expanded. Tax and other incentives should be introduced to encourage not to discourage. I would like to see conscription reintroduced – not military conscription but civil conscription. To build personalities and skills, and to kickstart building of community connections, infrastructure and identity. Compulsory for 12 months, optional for up to 36 months. Youths would be paid via a youth style allowance combined with benefits. I would like to see every Australian youth given a honeymoon period of not paying any taxes for the first 5 years of their working lives, after they complete their core education. The tax burden should fall heaviest on the wealthy, not the workers, and not on our youth, taking their first steps into the adult world.
5. FOREIGN POLICY – Australia doesn’t have an immigration or ‘boat people’ problem; Afghanistan has a humanitarian problem. Afghanistan has a population the same size as Australia. But 3 million people, one third of the total world’s refugees, flee Afghanistan every year. Afghanistan needs to be demilitarised. Australia should use its voice on the UN security council to encourage regional development plans for Afghanistan to replace the military war plans that have decimated the country and caused this massive humanitarian crisis.
6. INTERNAL AFFAIRS – Regional Australian growth strategies should provide a means to give back to our indigenous Australians some of what post-1778 immigrants and native born Australians have stolen from them. Northern Territory Intervention and other Apartheid era practices must be stopped immediately. Initiatives such as recognising indigenous sovereignties – yes “new” indigenous States – need to be identified, recognised and encouraged, within sensible time frames and within proper limits of an overall unified and inclusive national Australian Constitution.
7. GOVERNMENT – We need an inquiry into and a new deal, a whole new conversation on the size, scope, funding and structure of government in Australia. We want to be the world’s leading nation in how we do government not just in how we educate ourselves. I would like to see the voting age reduced to 16. If 16 year olds are old enough to work and to pay taxes, they are mature enough to vote. In fact I would like to go much further than that. What kind of civilised country makes 16 year olds pay taxes in the first place? I would also like to see our tax system much simplified – a system of tax principles rather than tax policies. I would also like to see tax honeymoons for our youth. As parents we don’t expect our toddlers to pay board, we give pocket money to our teenagers and tweens. We should give every young Australian the opportunity to start adult life debt free and to have established (purchased and paid for) their own home, or a large slab of it, before they start paying taxes. I would also like to see our welfare system simplified, in conjunction with civil conscription community projects, to cut out the poverty traps, the perpetual cycles of poverty, lack of education and depression that our directionless governments have allowed to fester for too many decades now. We need to grow the infrastructure of democracy, the infrastructure of communities, and the infrastructure of families. We need regional government bodies, State government bodies as well as a national government that are self-sufficient, operating balanced-budgets without federal-state or other forms of loans (financial manipulation and control) from other levels of government. As History keeps showing us, as Europe and America are experiencing now, debt is just as bad for governments as it is for families and individuals.
I have not spelled out any key principles regarding health . We should be growing and smartening up and creating jobs in Australia’s health system as part of a our Australian growth plan based on regional development projects and education.
I have not spelled out any key principles regarding global warming, or Arctic/ Antarctic terraforming. Obviously our environment and resources and oceans are not infinite. We are custodians of our planet and we need to be cultivators and conservationists, not poachers of our national and international bounties. I see emphasis needs to be given to implementing projects that meet the 7 points above, whilst paying healthy respect to building up environmental reserves rather than poaching our environmental health.
There are these and a lot of issues where the two major political parties have lengthy written policies (full of weasel words and escape clauses). While I of course have views on those things, I have an open mind on most of them. But I see them as either secondary or subsets of the 7 points I have outlined above.
It is time to send the clearest possible message to Canberra. It is time to say “enough” playing politics and “enough” mediocrity.
For the sake of ourselves, our childrens and our childrens’ childrens It is time to get back to the serious business of government, and getting the right people in government, to get the right jobs done.