Policy Summary

For the full version of the Future Party's policies, please see our main policy page.

The Future Party wishes to see major advancement and reform. These include:

  • Increasing investment in education
  • Funding and promoting the science and technology research industries
  • Creating an Australian “special economic city” called ‘Turing’
  • Increasing the capacity and efficiency of transport networks in existing areas
  • Reducing waste, complexity, confusion and unfairness in the welfare and taxation systems to achieve better economic outcomes for all Australians.

Contents

1 Future Party Vision
2 Education
3 Science and Research
4 Energy
5 Creating a new Australian charter city
6 Economy
7 Democracy
8 Freedom and rights
9 Tax reform
10 Health
11 Communication
12 Transport
13 Environment
14 Defence
15 Housing
16 Law and order
17 Immigration
18 Regional Australia

1 Future Party Vision         Detailed Version

The Future Party is a new movement of people who are dedicated to thinking of long term solutions to advance our society. The Future Party believes our quality of life is improved primarily through technological developments, sourced through a scientific approach to knowledge in the context of democracy and peace. We see innovation, education and economic reforms as key to the success of Australia.

The Future Party are technophiles who believe that the economy should be directed to maximise technological development and adoption where it is advantageous and safe to do so. The Future Party aims to make Australia an advanced, technologically superior country with a high quality of life for all its citizens and residents.

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2 Education         Detailed Version

Education, by its very nature, is the ultimate plan for the future; it is the belief that time and effort spent learning today will be justified multiple times over by the gains it will produce in the future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, artists, writers and leaders. Education also is the method by which individuals can better themselves and society in the process, and is a method by which we can end the poverty cycle.

2.1 Implement the recommendations of the Gonski Review, in particular:

  • To increase funding to schools by approximately $6 billion through joint contributions from state and federal governments.

  • To make Federal funding of high schools and primary schools dependent on the level of need calculated through disadvantage tests, and remove the requirement that only those schools outside the public system are eligible for this funding.

  • To reform the Socioeconomic Status (SES) system for measuring disadvantage to represent the actual socioeconomic status of students attending a school.

2.2 A single national curriculum will allow states to spend resources they would otherwise put toward curriculum development into additional teaching resources. The National Curriculum will also include national standardised testing.

2.3 Introduce “extension school” where additional schooling hours are used to give additional help to struggling students, or to provide additional more difficult material in the areas that students are interested in.

2.4 Increase efficiency and reduce waste by creating a System of Online Resources for Teachers (SORT-ED) to efficiently disseminate materials developed by experts, teachers and academics.

2.5 Improve staffing to disadvantaged schoolsAttach teacher career advancement to taking on greater responsibility and directing benefit to students most in need. Teachers will be given incentives to move to and remain in hard-to-staff schools.

2.6 Computer programming to be taught to all students in early high school to prepare our kids for the economy of the future and to improve problem solving skills.

2.7 Mandatory ethics teaching in primary and secondary school. Any Special Religious Education classes are to be taught outside of regular school hours.

2.8 Implement national standards for age-appropriate sex and/or interpersonal relationship education in primary and secondary school, with a focus on inclusiveness and consent.

2.9 Implement mandatory Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) classes, to be taught by specialty teachers, throughout all levels of school.

2.10 Increase funding to adult education programs and encourage adult education in the workplace.

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3 Science and Research        Detailed Version

3.1 Increased investment in science and technology research
3.1.1 Policy: Plan for the future through targeted government investment in areas which encourage economic and technological development. The Future Party will double governmental scientific and technological research spending from the current $9.2 billion (0.56% of GDP) to $18.4 billion.

3.2 Nuclear Research: maintain existing facilities at the Open Pool Australian Lightwater reactor (OPAL).

3.3 Space: Promote Australia’s space research and space industries by:

  • Giving additional funding to space based research in Australia
  • Establishing Australia as an attractive location to do various types of space research
  • Establish programs to detect the possible collision of space objects with Earth
  • Contributing to international space efforts

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4 Energy        Detailed Version

4.1 Renewable Energy The Future Party sees renewable energy as pivotal to producing energy from a multitude of sources to reduce pollution from energy production.

4.2 Modernising our Grids Mandatory installation of ‘smart meters’ in all homes and business in Australia.

4.3 East-west electricity network connection To connect the eastern and western Australian electricity grids using a high voltage DC connection within 20 years.

4.4 Energy research to secure our energy future The Future Party has long term aims to achieve extremely cheap and plentiful energy (“Superabundant Energy”) by focusing efforts on funding energy research and adopting new generation energy production methods.

4.5 Construction of 2 nuclear energy research reactors using relatively new reactor designs that are designed to be accident resistant, use plentiful fuels, and have reduced nuclear waste production.

4.6 Nuclear fusion research Australia should assist with international efforts or play host to research of self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Research into nuclear fusion is part of the diversified, long-term strategy of the Future Party regarding energy.

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5 Establishment of a new Australian university charter city called ‘Turing’.       Detailed Version

This city will:

  • Lie between Sydney and Canberra on a high speed rail line.
  • Be established as a university town, focusing on low-capital-cost science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
  • Have a mandated high population density (for example, 50 000 people per square kilometre).
  • Be designed from the outset to reduce surface congestion by creating subterranean roadways, which will increase surface area that is available to public space and parks
  • Be developed primarily through private investment and for private sale
  • Have slightly different immigration rules to the rest of Australia, allowing the city to grow in size, while allowing Australia to take advantage of the large number of potential immigrants that Australia turns away under current immigration rules.

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6 Economy        Detailed Version

6.2 Increase research: Implement measures that aim to bring the annual expenditure on science and technology research from 2.35% of GDP (2008 figure) to 5% of GDP. This level of research will be achieved through both increasing government funded research and by attracting private enterprise research firms.

6.3 Reduce power of monopolies The Future Party stands opposed to corporate monopolies, particularly government created or endorsed monopolies acting as private entities. Where government monopolies are privatised, sufficient provisions should be enacted to allow competition in that sector.

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7 Democracy        Detailed Version

7.2 Make Australia a republic. The Governor-General will be elected by a two-thirds majority of a joint sitting of both houses of parliament.

7.3 Multi-member seat system. The Australian House of Representatives to become a multi-member seat system. Electoral areas are to be combined to have 3 seats per electoral area.

7.4 Senate – A single national electorate. To make the senate more representative of the will of the people, all 76 of the senate seats should be voted on by all Australians using proportional representation. At each election, 38 senators will come up for election, and serve 2 consecutive 3 year terms.

7.5 Open government. All non-personal, non-sensitive government communication should be put online and in a format that is easy to find, easy to search, and allows information to be extracted easily by humans and computers. All government produced intellectual property should be put into the public domain.

7.6 Whistleblower protection. Enact strong legal protections for whistleblowers who act in the public interest.

7.7 Secularism. The government should not be involved in funding religious organisations, religious events or religious instruction. The government should not endorse any particular religion, and this should be reflected in the use of government funds and its processes.

7.8 Electoral Mechanics. To move to a hybrid electronic/paper voting system

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8 Freedom and rights        Detailed Version

8.1 Freedom in electronic communication. The internet is to remain without government filters.

8.2 Online Privacy. Law enforcement agencies must apply for and receive a warrant to investigate online behaviour. There shall be no requirement for internet service providers to maintain logs of all users’ behaviour unless ordered to do so by a court on an individual basis.

8.3 Anti-Discrimination. The Future Party is committed to ending all forms of material discrimination.

8.4 Marriage Equality. Legalise marriage between two consenting individuals, regardless of their gender or gender identity.

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9 Tax , Superannuation and Welfare        Detailed Version
9.1 Simplification of Marginal Tax Rates,

9.2 Removing welfare traps, to ensure people get back to work as painlessly as possible, which will increase personal earnings while also reducing the costs of welfare payments to the public.

9.3 Land tax to replace stamp duty, council rates and payroll tax

9.4 Independent body to set Pigovian taxes  or ‘sin’ taxes (gambling, tobacco and alcohol), to ensure independence in government decision making when determining legislation regarding these activities.

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10 Health        Detailed Version

10.2 Focus on preventative health care. By aiding people to maintain healthy lifestyles and providing care that prevents easily treatable conditions from turning into hard to treat conditions, we both improve the quality of life of the individual and reduce overall expense to the taxpayer.

10.3 Promote and utilise electronic health records The current electronic health record system is underutilised and is difficult to sign up to. The government should ensure that this system can achieve its full potential as a preventative and health care aid.

10.4 Establish healthy eating initiatives

10.5 Develop new opt-in health monitoring systems

10.6 More health information for consumers Adjust alcoholic beverage labelling laws to include nutritional information. If a nutritional claim is made on food packaging, it must be accompanied by the energy content of the food in text that is the same size as the claim.

10.7 Drug decriminalisation. Trial a policy of drug decriminalisation for a limited period to determine if decriminalisation will result in decreased drug use in Australia. Personal drug use and possession is to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal offence. Drug manufacture and trade will continue to be a criminal offence.

10.8 Mental Health. Continue funding for early intervention in psychosis. Provide intermediate-level mental health services across Australia. Train frontline public health and other government employees in mental health first aid.

10.9 Communicable diseases Treatment of communicable diseases should follow an evidence based, harm minimisation approach.

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11 Communication        Detailed Version

11.1 National Broadband Network. The Future Party supports the continued construction of the National Broadband Network under the current Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) model.

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12 Transport        Detailed Version

12.1 Driverless Cars  Legalise driverless cars for use in Australia as soon as it is practical and safe to do so, to increase transport efficiency, accessibility and safety.

12.2 High Speed Rail Building a high-speed rail-link running from Brisbane to Sydney to Canberra to Melbourne in several stages (with most feasible tracts to be built first).

12.3 Optimise Existing Transport Infrastructure to decrease travel/transport times, by targeted expenditure to reduce bottlenecks and hence increase capacity.

12.4 Additional train lines through suburban areas currently devoid of any train stations. Extension of current cities into new areas should be accompanied by sufficient public transport infrastructure.

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13 Environment        Detailed Version

13.1 Protect Native Forests The Future Party believes that native forest logging should end, and that the future of the Australian timber industry should be primarily based on farmed forests.

13.2 Global Warming The Future Party is in favour of moderate, sensible action to mitigate the potential grave risks associated with climate change including:

  • a carbon pricing mechanism as the main way to achieve control over our carbon emissions at the lowest cost to society.
  • making use of feasibility analyses to determine the easiest way to make large reductions in greenhouse gases while minimising impacts on quality of life and economic development.
  • Planning for adaptation and mitigation of climate change by funding more research into the specifics of how climate change is likely to damage various sectors of the economy and the environment and how we may overcome these issues.

13.3 Genetically Modified Organisms The Future Party believes in the use of genetically modified organisms for research and industry use. Genetically modified organisms should

  • Conform to standards for environmental protection.
  • Conform to food safety standards by prohibiting the production of poisonous compounds in plants intended for consumption.
  • Be secured to prevent cross pollination with other crops if they are genetically modified to produce poisonous compounds or drugs.
  • Never be used to produce weapons such as chemical or biological weapons.

13.4 Nuclear weapons Australia should pursue a new agreement between nations all over the world to further the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and achieve greater reductions in the number of nuclear weapons.

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14 Defence        Detailed Version

14.1 Anti-war. The Future Party believes war should be the absolute last option, and believes that in recent history, countries (including Australia) have entered into war too easily.

14.2 Release non-operationally important national secrets. Review of currently held national secrets to determine the suitability of those national secrets for early release where there are not operationally important.

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15 Housing        Detailed Version

The Future Party proposes the following policies to improve housing affordability and increase service provision:

  1. Loosen height/density restrictions on urban infill areas with high demand.
  2. Increased land releases. New land releases will be encouraged to increase density, while also increasing public open space such as parks.
  3. Encourage density in greenfield developments by increasing local service provision (such as train services) and allowing mixed zone developments.
  4. Decrease regulation not related to safety to allow a greater mix of housing styles and sizes to ensure that people can find housing that is best suited to their needs.
  5. Decrease regulation to encourage mixed use developments where office space, small to medium retail and residential buildings are close to one another or are found in the same building.
  6. Removal of the distortionary tax treatment of the housing market. Negative gearing and the capital gains concession on owner occupied dwellings should be abolished for all new housing and gradually phased out for all existing housing. We also seek to replace stamp duty; see our tax policy for more details.
  7. Following introduction of the above policies, reform public housing policy to ensure that it is available to those who need it most, while reducing costs by making the transition away from public housing easier for those who are capable of doing so.

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16 Law and order        Detailed Version

Increase rehabilitation programs in gaols to decrease rates of recidivism and hence reduce the burden of crime on all members of society.

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17 Immigration        Detailed Version

The Future Party has a plan for migration, the 20/20 vision, to increase migration to keep our economy strong and counteract the ageing of our population. This plan aims to increase Australia’s population by 20 million people over the next 20 years.

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18 Regional Australia        Detailed Version

  • Increase the pay of front line government workers in remote areas.
  • Reduce regulation on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in regional areas.
  • Subsidise online university education for students in remote areas.
  • Advocate to remove agricultural trade barriers.

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