NBN Senate Committee submission: Australia is worth the investment

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NBN Senate Committee submission: Australia is worth the investment (PDF, 360 KB, February 2014)

Media release 10:00 am 13/02/2014

The Future Party has prepared a submission to the Senate Enquiry on NBN Co’s Strategic Review, which will be submitted to the NBN Senate Committee today. [Link]

“Measuring the value of the NBN simply using only sales revenue does not adequately capture how significant the NBN will be to economic growth of our country.” said the Future Party’s communications officer and report co-author, Kate Kilgannon.

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Stop the lies: Density is what our cities need

Dr Tony Recsei recently wrote that resistance to high rise development is not simply about NIMBYism. I am guilty of regularly applying the term NIMBY. The reason I use it is that there appears to be a sense of entitlement surrounding the nature of the city. Specifically, this entitlement resides in those who are lucky enough own a home who believe that the city should remain the same as it was when they handed over their deposit.

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Choose another Australia Day?

Today we mark our national day of national celebration, Australia Day. There is certainly a lot to celebrate. We have a long history of stable, functional liberal democracy. We are peaceful, prosperous, and, as our anthem proclaims, “young and free”. As a nation we enjoy the type of ongoing progress that makes all our lives better – scientific, technological, social and political. However, this is also a difficult occasion to celebrate with untempered enthusiasm. For of course, it is the anniversary of British settlement – that is to say, the day the First Fleet arrived and forcefully took possession of this continent from its native people. Indigenous activists have every reason to prefer to call it “Invasion Day”, as it was indeed an armed invasion. Sadly, until very recently in our history, even this simple fact was not acknowledged; possession was claimed by the Crown neither by conquest nor a negotiated treaty, but the doctrine of Terra Nullius. Essentially, this was legal pretence that the land was uninhabited, that the previous owners simply did not exist. The forceful conquest together with the refusal to acknowledge it as such was a deep and tragic injustice, and its effects are still felt to this day in the ongoing dislocation and marginalisation suffered by Indigenous Australians.

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NSW alcohol laws are bad for our rights and bad for the law

The recent media attention on the tragic cases of Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie has forced NSW to finally introspect and think about violence that we see directed towards young men and women. This is welcome, but unfortunately the response of the politicians in this state has been completely wrong.

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Submission to the NBN Co Senate Enquiry

The Federal Government has released a report on the state of the National Broadband Network (NBN). In particular, the report discusses the possibility of budget blowouts, and a failure to meet the deadlines promised by the Coalition. The new proposal to bring the NBN under budget will use pre-existing cable TV networks to provide connections. This means slower speeds for people covered by the NBN, while many apartments will not even be connected to the NBN. Contribute to this response: feedback@futureparty.org.au The Future Party wants to respond to this. We want members to read the report’s executive summary (and the rest of the document if possible) so we can get firm ideas for a response to the proposed reduction in the quality of the NBN. Submissions close 31st of January 2014. We see technology as an important aspect of Australia’s success in the future, and we hope that you can help us to represent your thoughts and ideas about the NBN to the government. We would love to hear your critical appraisal on the Facebook page or at our monthly meeting in Sydney on the 15th Jan 2014. Please come along to talk about the next steps.


Sydney January monthly meeting

Many of you have joined us on Facebook to engage in heated debates over various controversial issues. If you’re in Sydney and would like to continue these discussions face-to-face, we meet every month on the 3rd Wednesday for our members meetings.

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Australia's poorest will be hurt by the Minerals Resource Rent Tax repeal

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Submission to the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal (PDF, 139 KB, 31 October 31 2013)

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Release: Australia’s poorest will be hurt by the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal

The Future Party is publicly releasing its submission on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 (MRRT Repeal) today. The submission focuses on the impact that the repeal will have on the incomes of the poorest in our country.

James Jansson, the Future Party leader, has stated “The proposed legislation doesn’t only repeal the mining tax; it will also repeal the benefits to all families with children and those who receive government support that were meant to be funded by the tax.”

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20/20: Growing Australia for a Prosperous Future

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The Future Party today announced their 20/20 vision report – a plan to have a total net migration intake of 20 million people over the next 20 years to guarantee Australia’s future prosperity. The plan is built on the back of modelling results that show a demographic crisis will occur within 20 years without an immediate change to immigration policy.

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Senate preferences 2013

Below you can find our preference list along with a short explanation of our choices.

  1. Future Party
  2. Wikileaks
  3. Building Australia Party
  4. Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP)
  5. Secular Party
  6. Bullet Train for Australia
  7. Australian Independents Party
  8. Senator Online
  9. Stop CSG
  10. Drug Law Reform Party
  11. Sex Party
  12. Animal Justice Party
  13. Wang, Tom (unaffiliated group AG)
  14. Carers Alliance
  15. Australian Democrats
  16. Voluntary Euthanasia Party
  17. The Greens
  18. Liberal Democrats (LDP)
  19. Pirate Party*
  20. Labor **
  21. Liberal/Nationals **
  22. Palmer United Party
  23. Socialist Alliance
  24. Socialist Equality
  25. Shooters and Fishers
  26. Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party
  27. Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party
  28. Australian Republicans
  29. Smokers Rights Party
  30. Stable Population Party
  31. Non-custodial Parents Party
  32. Katter’s Australia Party
  33. Democratic Labor Party
  34. Family First
  35. Uniting Australia Party
  36. Stop the Greens
  37. No Carbon Tax / Climate Skeptics
  38. Australian Protectionist Party
  39. Whelan, Andrew (unaffiliated group F) ***
  40. Ungrouped candidates***
  41. Australian Voice Party
  42. Christian Democrat Party (Fred Nile Group)
  43. One Nation
  44. Rise Up Australia
  45. Australia First

The group ticket was determined on the basis of three criteria:

  • Policy and values overlap
  • Negotiated preference deals.
  • A bias toward smaller parties over large parties

To see every party’s official preferences for the NSW Senate seat, click here.

Notes on some of the specific choices within this list:

* The Pirate Party told us they would not be doing preference deals and were instead having a vote of the membership to determine the group ticket, which they would publish on their website. This was certainly a decision we could respect as the Group Ticketing system is fundamentally flawed and undemocratic, with a high degree of incentive toward tactical voting and backroom deals. Accordingly at their request we wrote an open letter to their membership pointing out the high degree of policy overlap we had and offering to unilaterally preference them as least as high as they voted to preference us. However as the end of the draw on Friday, less than 24 hours before close of group ticket lodgements, they had not apparently had a vote, or decided on a preference list by other means. Hence we ultimately preferenced them lower than we had originally intended.

** The choice of how to preference the major parties was not a light one. Unfortunately under Abbott’s leadership the small l liberal aspect of the Coalition has been strongly de-emphasised and conservatism has become front and centre. Furthermore the Coalition’s primary message now almost entirely concerns managerial competence and not policy ambition, which may be a legitimate case to make regarding the house of representatives but has no role in the Senate. Their economics have been almost entirely populist rather than liberal, and of course exploiting xenophobia against asylum seekers for electoral gain is antithetical to Future Party values. On many major issues where the Coalition does have stated policy, it stands in direct opposition to our own, for instance, carbon pricing and the NBN. We also had to consider the likelihood of a Coalition victory in the lower house and the advantages of a Senate acting as a counterbalance to the government of the day.

*** Our basic methodology in distributing preferences beyond groups we had deals with was to first split the parties into “tiers” and then rank them within those tiers. In the case of both the unendorsed and ungrouped candidates we had no way of evaluating what they stood for and thus erred on the side of caution, ranking them behind all other tiers bar the last one. The exception was the “AG” column unendorsed group, headed by Tom Wang. We spoke to a representative of theirs in person at the ballot draw and therefore were able to form a (favourable) view on their policy platform.

We ranked individual candidates from each party in the order printed on the ticket (top down); for the ungrouped candidates we ranked them bottom up, on an ‘anti-donkey’ vote principle.


Asylum Seekers

The purpose of this document is to discover all of the necessary points of consideration in the debate about refugees in an impartial, fact informed manner. The Future Party currently has no formal stance on how to prevent refugee deaths at sea. However, we do intend to increase refugee immigration intake significantly, regardless of policy with regards to irregular arrivals. We consider ourselves to be the most pro-immigration party in Australia.

We have taken the time and effort to outline some of the core arguments and some general conclusions. We do not believe that we have the answers to all problems. However, we believe that there are some arguments and assumptions that make sense, and others that don’t make sense at all. We hope that by reading through this document, and the initial conclusions, you can understand how the Future Party will use its power in the senate to ensure Australia continues to be a country that provides assistance to refugees while preventing perverse incentives that threaten the lives of people we wish to protect.

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