North Sydney By-Election: We Need Your Help

We’re running in the North Sydney by-election and we need your help. We’re handing out leaflets at stations in the North Sydney electorate from this week. We will be there between 7:30 - 9:30 in the morning.

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6 Ghosts of the Liberal Government

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We may have a new prime minister, but the government is still the same and the old cobwebs are still there.

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Liberal's space plan contains no funding for space- ours does

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a review of the regulations governing space activity to stimulate the space industry. The problem is, it contains no funding for space research. We need funding for space to ensure that there is expertise retained in Australia. Without stable jobs, those in the space industries will continue to leave Australia for other countries.

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8 reasons the government’s cashless welfare proposal is a really bad idea

The federal government is considering introducing a cashless welfare system, with a trial to be run in the South Australian town of Ceduna. Cashless welfare is inherently discriminatory and generally just a very bad idea. There are a number of models, but they can be broadly lumped into two categories: opt-in, and opt-out. Opt-in would mean that only authorised outlets would be able to process the payments, whereas an opt-out system would force companies that provide undesirable services (such as alcohol) to register as not being able to receive such transactions. Opt-out is a better option, but it still has many problems.

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Future Party Newsletter Oct 2015

There have been lots of exciting updates in the Future Party. In brief:

  • Future Party Re-registered
  • Amendment to the Party’s Constitution
  • New executive members
  • Membership fee
  • Meeting Thursday 22/10/2015 in Sydney: Winning Joe Hockey’s seat
  • AGM Thursday 26/11/2015
  • Want to help? Donate and volunteer now!

Future Party Re-registered
The AEC recently confirmed the Future Party as being eligible to run in the upcoming election. Thank you to all the members who joined and everyone who helped with the submission to the AEC. Now to take Australia into the future with the Future Party!

Amendment to the Party’s Constitution
The Future Party amended the Party’s constitution at the recent special general meeting in September.

The main change to the constitution is the expansion of the Executive to 7 members (previously 4).Other changes included the removal of minor errors, improvements to clarity and amendments to make the administration of the party simpler, more democratic and reduce the risk of unintended consequences.

The wording of the Special Resolution, which outlines the changes and includes the full text of the new constitution, can be found here.

New executive members
As a result of the new constitution, we have three new executive members:

Andrea Leong
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Andrea Leong is the Future Party’s Policy Officer. She has been managing reviewing and developing policy. Andrea is currently studying towards a PhD in Microbiology at the Brien Holden Vision Institute at UNSW.

Andrea Finno
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Andrea Finno is the Future Party’s Registered Officer and IT Officer. He was instrumental in revamping the Future Party’s website and getting the party re-registered.

Wayne Eddy
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Wayne Eddy is the Future Party’s Victoria Coordinator. He has worked hard to get the party started in Melbourne and we welcome our first interstate executive member. He set up the Local Government & Municipal Knowledge Base in 2008 to encourage and enable Local Councils to share information and would like to see similar initiatives at all levels of government.

Membership fee

The Future Party will be introducing an annual membership fee from the 28th of October. The Future Party doesn’t get electoral funding from the government and relies on the generosity of its members to keep us afloat. You will not pay the membership fee until your membership is up for renewal. The rates are:

  • $52/year (equivalent to $1/week) for people earning under $50,000/year
  • $104/year (equivalent to $2/week) for people earning over $50,000/year

The Executive can also grant you free membership if you feel you cannot pay for the membership fee. Email memberships@futureparty.org.au and briefly let us know your circumstance (e.g. “I’m currently a student”, “I’m currently unemployed” etc) and we will consider you for free membership.

Meeting Thursday 22/10/2015 in Sydney: Winning Joe Hockey’s seat
This Thursday the Future Party will be discussing the North Sydney by-election. Joe Hockey will be resigning from parliament. His seat will become vacant and there will be a by-election. The Future Party is intending to run in this election. Come along on Thursday night to discuss strategy and campaign ideas.

6:30PM, Thursday 22nd October
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia 2000

RSVP via e-mail or via Facebook.

AGM Thursday 26/11/2015 in Sydney
We'll be sending out a formal invite soon, but keep this date in your diary free. 

Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.


Winning Joe Hockey's seat: Future Party Meeting

This Thursday the Future Party will be discussing the North Sydney by-election. Joe Hockey will be resigning from parliament. His seat will become vacant and there will be a by-election. The Future Party is intending to run in this election. Come along on Thursday night to discuss strategy and campaign ideas.

6:30PM, Thursday 22nd October
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia 2000

RSVP via e-mail or via Facebook.


Why I have a VPN

Reddit user PrimaxAUS has stated several reasons why they use a VPN, and why we all should be worried about mandatory data retention. 

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Malcolm Turnbull stop metadata retention NOW

Act now! Tweet to get Malcolm Turnbull's attention. 

Malcolm Turnbull is currently in the position of endorsing privacy and democracy destroying laws, while simultaneously believing that they will be completely ineffective against preventing serious crime.  The metadata retention scheme comes into effect on the 13th of October, which will see records of all your Internet-based activity recorded for two years.

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The Solution to Domestic Violence is not Traditional Gender Roles

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The Liberal party's recent announcement about domestic violence funding was led by Malcolm Turnbull arguing strongly for respecting women. I couldn't help but feel that the arguments made were very traditionalist and gender role enforcing. On last week’s QandA we saw the worst of this opinion. Barnaby Joyce argued that we should return to days of old where men should open doors for women. I believe that this opinion ignores the causes of domestic violence and the history of domestic violence that extends far into the past.

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The Greens are trying to destroy minor parties

The Greens are the leaders in the push to change electoral law. Today they took to Facebook advertising their article advocating electoral reform. They say their aim is to remove the Group Voting ticket (GVT) to make preferences more transparent. The talk of improving democracy hides a desire, on government record, to prevent the success of minor parties. 

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