The APP is born of the belief that Australia is capable of much more.
Australians deserve to live in freedom and security; security in facets of safety, welfare, income, and social justice. The party believes the current state of democracy is not as democratic and inclusive as it needs to be. Major issues require public understanding, and public vote. In our modern age of technology and communication, we can achieve democratic public decisions on so many issues. Such processes would be transparent and inclusive. It is the intention of the party to use modern communication platforms, including social media to keep the public aware and up to date.
We believe that many political parties that have tried to establish our ideals have failed as they’ve fallen over to corruption and greed. It is the objective of our party to instate systematic devices and processes to combat and eradicate corruption in all its forms. Transparency of government decisions and transactions, and a more inclusive democratic process are just two of the many ways underpinning our openness and fair values. The APP is stringent in its rejection of corporate donations and bribery. Any such attempts will not be tolerated and will be published and exposed.
The APP is not flexible on its values of truth and integrity. The party will research all avenues before publicly stating major decisions or comments, and will always act in the interest of Australians. If and when we are wrong, we will publicly withdraw and admit our error.
FROM THE BOTTOM UP
The Australian people's party is so named because of its ideology that the country's government should answer to and be subservient to the people. Rather than serving the interests of the rich in society, we find the concept of an oligarchic government to be detestable and our main aim is to build a system where every Australian's interests are represented by their government. TRUE power in this nation lies in its working class. That is; the millions of us that get up in the morning and go to work, pay a mortgage and bring up a family, the students, the apprentices, the public servants. It is the working class of Australia, made up of millions of people who are like minded about their views in life, politics and the future of the country. The APP finds strong purpose in amalgamating the people of Australia into one cohesive unit, and to provide the framework for these people, the backbone of the country, to have their opinions heard in parliament and to elect representatives with their best interest to office. We believe in government from the bottom up, NOT the top down.
It is the Working class, those that hold the real power in this country, and the fact that their opinions have been marginalised is completely unacceptable. It cannot and will not go on.
The country should be run for the good of all Australians not those with vested interests in government and business.
The APP believes that foreign investment is something that should be allowed in this country only with the strictest cautions in mind and only when it has been reviewed internally and externally by an independent body and approved as being beneficial for the country as a whole. Examples of which are international interests buying up housing and inflating the market or the purchase of Australian agricultural land. These examples and more should be stopped immediately and only allowed to continue under intense federal scrutiny in line with the conditions mentioned above
Australian Manufacturing has been allowed to suffer long enough. We believe that due to unrestricted foreign imports from third world countries and countries with manufacturing costs far below ours, due to WHS and wage laws that are disproportionately low compared to ours. The market for imported goods has been allowed to soar at the expense of local producers who cannot hope to compete due to our comparatively high safety and pay standards. Free trade only works if both parties are on a level playing field and as such we hold a protectionist view and feel that import tariffs should be investigated and applied to bring balance back to our import and manufacturing markets. we cannot be a country of consumers who's economy runs on selling coal. we must restart our manufacturing sector at all costs. Australia's economy must have a plan looking beyond the mining boom and indeed, it should be reaping the benefits of the mining boom.
IMPORTANCE OF SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION
The APP realises that the majority of the problems faced in Society are scientific in nature. Energy, disease, transport, logistics, food etc are all issues that can be solved by applying scientific thinking and solutions. Thus the APP holds science as a whole and Scientists themselves in extremely high regard and seeks to support them in any way possible. We feel that the enormous contributions from the scientific community have gone unsung for too long and seek to bring to light the importance of investment in science in Australia and furthermore commercialise the achievements of these people for the economic benefit of Australia and the benefit world. The investment therefore must extend beyond today’s scientific community, and contribute to the development, and future proofing of this community by investing in education.
Investing in Education is a tricky one for politicians. This is because politicians chase votes, and would like to see the fruition of decisions in their term, and therefore don’t invest as much as they should to sustain the future of our country.
We choose to be different. We choose to go against the grain and we choose to deliver what is best for the country as a whole. Whilst doing so, we acknowledge that investing in education means, we may have to invest less elsewhere – but we also believe that we will be vindicated by the Australian public if we remain true to our cause.
Education will drive the Australian economy in the future. We can no longer rely on natural minerals and resources that we have an abundance, yet limited supply of, to drive our economy. One only needs to look at a country like Japan to recognise the potential of an economy that is not dependant on natural resources.
We believe every young person has the capability to reach their potential, and we must enable it. Likewise we will support teachers to be proficient in their duties, and to remain relevant. Any party that does not invest in Australia’s future is a foolish party, and we detest any policies that work against our educational investment values.
Aside from investing in Australia’s future economy, we also believe that education is a solid defence against the rise of violence, extremism, discrimination and intolerance.
The APP acknowledges Australia’s traditional British, Christian, and Aboriginal heritage. However we believe that to be a sustainable society, we must be a forward thinking, progressive party that encapsulates freedom, and choice.
We believe that Australia has lost it's national identity somewhat and feel that nationalism and a sense of community should be valued in our society. Division is abundant in Australia today, refugees, immigrants, ethnics, white Australians, rich, poor. All of these labels serve only to divide and weaken the Australian people. When one looks at this amazing country that was built under a national identity and with national ideals. One can't help but imagine how far we could launch ourselves if Australia's people were a cohesive and like minded community with a national identity again and a goal of the advancement of Australia behind their own goals of personal success. Every Citizen of Australia should have their home country's best interests at heart, because Australia's success benefits everybody.
The APP is heavily concerned with Social Welfare in Australia. We are heading down a dangerous path where the tax dollars we pay towards social services, services that our parents and grandparents built and fought for are absorbed into consolidated revenue as successive governments strip away social welfare and conditions leaving us with a heavily taxed nation of "every man for himself"
This is NOT the Direction that The APP wants the country to go down because as previously mentioned, taxes were levied to pay for social initiates such as Medicare, Unemployment and retirement and the social framework was put in place, only for later governments a generation later to try and tell us that the country cannot afford it and that we must also pay for these things ourselves, on top of the taxes that we have been paying. A strong government would declare their intention for ideological change and tell the people that they planned to strip away the elements of social welfare that Australians have enjoyed for a generation. AND remove the taxes associated with them, letting the people decide via mandate whether they agree with this policy or not. We advocate the reinstatement and strengthening of social welfare in Australia by streamlining tax framework and comissioning a comprehensive review of the system to address the inadequacies that have lead to the system no longer being adequately funded
There is an underclass in Australia that successive governments have failed to deal with for generations. Sometimes referred to as "houso's" or "dole bludgers" we have reached a point where some household's have three generations of welfare recipients in them.
While the APP is an advocate of Australia maintaining a welfare system we fully understand that you should not be receiving benefits unless you need them. However, it is our view that someone who grows up in a house of poverty with a culture of welfare and in a neighbourhood of poverty with Centrelink being a way of life that that person is extremely likely to go down that path in life also. Breaking the cycle of poverty and welfare in these communities is essential if we wish to fix this problem in Australia. The APP believes that the only way for Australia to advance is for us to lift up all people from poverty as we do it.
We seek to resolve issues at the root, and not by applying ‘band-aid’ fixes.
Having entire suburbs of housing commission was a terrible idea as it concentrates crime and poverty in one area making it increasingly difficult to break those cycles. The APP believes strongly in the public housing system and will work to disperse public housing across a wider area and sell off houses in these poorer areas to revitalise them and to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
There is still much more to be done regarding this important social issue but we stand ready to meet the challenge with sound policy and sensible solutions.
We find that the state that our pensioners have been left in to be appalling. Many of the working class from the generation that built the country are being forgotten about while they live in low income housing and struggle to make ends meet. Australia can and must do better and we will work to devise a plan which will fully fund a cost of living increase for current pensioners for the rest of their lives. These are the people who paid taxes towards a national pension only to have it stripped away by inflation and poor policy. We believe it is the responsibility of our generation to look after our elderly, the same we would expect future Australian generations to do.
That APP feels that all humans have the right to freedom of religion. However we believe that religion should be completely separate from state and should play no part in party or country politics.
Spiritual values are incompatible with politics. The separation of church and state is pivotal in national progress, and this applies to all forms of religion.
As such we do not base any policy decisions around a particular religious view and furthermore do not advocate that Australia should move in any particular direction governed by religious ideals unless those ideals fall in line with what is best for the country, by coincidence.
The APP decries any and all religious extremism and believes human rights abuses, violence, or restriction of social freedoms due to religious ideals to be deplorable. Therefore, we vehemently do not support the instigation or support of any kind of religious based law and stand firm in the belief that there is no higher law in this country than Australian law, and that any law that contradicts or circumvents our laws be deemed illegal and those people breaking our laws by following their own be charged accordingly.
Nestled on the banks of the Nepean river and the foot of the Blue Mountains , The normally peaceful western suburbs city of Penrith erupted yesterday (the 8th of Dec) as two opposing groups of protesters clashed outside the council chambers.
The chambers housed an extraordinary meeting of council, convened due to recent public outcry at the approval to build two mosques in an outlying region of the Penrith local government area.
Initially there was only a small community group handing out flyers and information aimed at swaying opinion against the opening of the prayer halls but soon a large group came marching through the Joan Sutherland Centre and met the local "anti-mosque" group head on, at the steps of council, flying banners claiming everything from, "Racism must the stamped out" and "Islam is welcome here" to, more confusingly, "You are standing on stolen land", "white supremacists run the country" and something about mining corporations, the "pro-mosque" group certainly had fire, if it was a little scattered in its focus. Contrary to them were the "anti-mosque" group, who had only one message: NO MOSQUE IN PENRITH.
The protest began with no punches pulled as both sides stood behind large banners and hurled abuse at each other. at times there were scuffles which the police quickly intervened in, while there was constant screeching, megaphones blaring and catchy, if not hate filled chants from both sides
Police had to keep their eyes out as at one point a group of seven men surrounded a man and his wife from the "anti-mosque" side while at another the groups threatened to clash like a medieval war. It wasn't long before riot police lined the no man's land between the two opposing groups and the threat of an all out brawl only seemed mitigated when there were almost more police called in than protesters.
Belonging to neither side I spoke to both. trying to gain an understanding as to why my town was inches away from becoming a war zone as riot police formed a line between the opposing groups. Apparently the "Pro-Mosque group was an activist group called ANTIFA. While some among their number claimed to be local residents, the vast majority streamed off the train and into Penrith from the inner west. the group chanted among other things "say it loud say it clear, racists are not welcome here" and "go home racists". This began to irk me, not only was there a group of people coming into my town and stirring up trouble, nay, with the SOLE INTENTION of stirring up trouble, but they had the audacity to tell local residents who was and wasn't welcome in Penrith? Penrith might be the most racist town in the world for all you know (it's not by the way) and racists might be incredibly welcome here, but you wouldn't know, you just got off the train!
The "anti-mosque" group began their retort with the undeniable assertion that "Islam is not a race"….. that is true, right or wrong in their opinions towards Muslims, one thing is certain, Islam is NOT a race. I believe this word crime of using "racism" as a blanket term for any issue not Christian and white is intentional. the idea of racism is a powerful thing and allows people to immediately discredit anything, whether it be nonsense or a legitimate concern by claiming the person raising the issue is racist. immigration? RACIST. Religion? RACIST. Israel? RACIST
if any of these things is brought up in a negative light people can simply claim racism and dismiss the issue. While the person raising them may be bigoted or intolerant, they are not racist. I have included a dictionary link to racism below.
But I digress,
The "anti-mosque" group were, among other things, accused of ignorance by the opposing side. but upon speaking to them I concluded that their leaders were anything but. they had clearly researched the issue of Islam, assimilation, religious tension and even the Islamic concept of "Taqiyya" and drawn their conclusions. The group was very knowledgeable and only too happy to share their opinions. they were concerned that a mosque in their area would inevitably bring more Muslim people to the area and the demographic would change, sparking a cascade of segregation and crime that would eventually, in time, submit Penrith to what they claimed would be the same fate as Lakemba, and Cabramatta.
Upon speaking to the other group, suspending my annoyance at them storming into my town causing a disturbance, I asked them the same questions as to why they were here and what they were doing. Apparently they saw it as their duty to defend Muslims that they saw as being persecuted and had travelled out to Penrith to oppose the "fascists, racists and white supremacists"
They countered many of the arguments that their opposition screamed over a wall of police towards them regarding treatment of women, persecution of gays, sharia law etc, mainly with the argument that not all Muslims are guilty of these crimes and that the more moderate Muslims just want a place to pray and live among the community.
Interestingly this group from the inner west was among other things flying the anarchy flag…. this is an ideology that wants to decentralise government and allow small local governments to make decisions for themselves, I question the logic then, of travelling to another local government area to try and sway their decisions.
I also found it strange that the group obviously believed in the right to protest, but then travelled over an hour on public transport to protest….. the protest? perhaps you have the right to protest so long as you don't disagree with them? the whole exercise seemed counterproductive to me.
In the end the decision to suspend approval for the mosques failed however the issue will not end there. Surely the opponents will take the decision to the land and environment court next and then on to higher courts just as Liverpool and Camden have done before them, the exercise does raise the question though… does a local community have the right to say what kind of community it wants to be? or do freedom of religion and multiculturalism reign at the expense of local wishes?
One final thought and to me, the most important one… BOTH sides that day were flying Australian flags. this was something I noticed immediately and my anger grew through ought the evening. This was just one of the myriad issues that continues to keep Australia divided and apart. while we stand quarrelling over who can build a church and who can build a mosque we continue to lose ground on so many more important social issues. Workplace rights, Renewable energy, coal seam gas and the environment, corporate tax evasion, THESE are the issues that should spark riots, but instead go unnoticed on a page in the telegraph. we need to stand together, not tear ourselves apart and work toward a better Australia, for everyone.