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In South Australia the poor rarely get to own the house in which they live.  The government provided houses they live in are many years old and have been paid for at least twice by the transient population that travels through them.  Due to the so called “Australian dream” of owning one’s own home there is a stigma connected to being a low income earner who is renting a government house.  In essence government rental schemes have become money making revenue off the backs of the States lowest income earners.  Those living in Housing trust houses do not get that sense of ownership that is needed to encourage them to care for them in the way that an owner might.  Why would they, when they feel it is a part of the poverty cycle where they cannot even leave a house they have lived in for a large portion of their lives to their children? 

Other countries treat their poor in this regard differently.  In India for example, slum redevelopment policies involve giving all occupants of slums a number on a piece of metal which represented the door number of a flat that was to be constructed in the area that they were living.  They are then temporarily relocated to another area of the city to await the construction of government owned tenements.  After 18 months they took their metal number to the housing authority office and were given a key and asked to sign for it.  They could then move in and pay reasonably, according to income, low rent.  What is particularly impressive about this system is that it was a rent to buy scheme which had them OWNING the flat they were paying for eventually.

This is in stark contrast to how this government treats its low income earners.  In South Australia if the poor want to purchase a housing trust house they are given the option of going through a private real estate agent who gets the State government top dollar for their aging house before being directed to another privately run organisation which will provide them a mortgage.  If the poor cannot afford a loan for the entire amount a secondary loan is offered which silently accrues interest while the primary loan is paid, after that occurs they can then commence paying the secondary loan which has by that time doubled.  Other options are that the private mortgaging company can go as a silent partner paying half the cost of the house, thereby reducing the amount the poor have to pay.  It is stipulated however that if the house is to be sold later the silent partner gets half the resale value.
 
As an alternative to this perpetual poverty trap the F.R.E.E. AUSTRALIA PARTY seeks to represent low income earners in a way that most governments do not by working towards a rent to buy scheme for the poor following the example set in India. 

Under this policy if a housing tenant could show through consistent rental payments for 3 years financial stability they are automatically eligible to purchase the house, with any money paid in rent prior to their eligibility, being taken off the cost of the house as they have already paid it.  It is a scheme which the FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY believes would reduce the amount of damage done to Housing trust homes as pride of ownership would naturally generate care of property, as well as being a scheme which will have a natural flow on to the building industry; thereby boosting job creation.

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It is our understanding that things have not moved on greatly since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a long overdue apology in recognition of the suffering visited upon Australia’s Aboriginal population by previous governments and religious organisations.   However, in order for apologies to be accepted as sincere there is normally a change in behaviour and attitude towards the one at which the apology is directed.
 
This does not appear to be the case, as there are some serious concerns still being raised by Aboriginal people about the level of paternalism being shown towards them by heavy-handed governance.

Just one example of these concerns is what is known as a Centrelink "basics card" to enable "income management" which restricts what and where they can buy their needs.  Restrictions are placed upon the purchase of cigarettes, alcohol, and pornography.  The main issue with such a policy, besides being paternalistic is that it generalises all people in receipt of this basics card as being untrustworthy with money, and uncaring towards their children.  This is wrong and damaging to Aboriginal people.
 
Aboriginal people love their children, and care for them just like non-Aboriginal people.  It is a shocking insult to say (by means of an intervention that suspended the Racial Discrimination Act) that this is not the case. If the same degree of intervention were to happen in non-Aboriginal communities there would be a rightful uproar, so why the silence over what is occurring against Aboriginal people.

Other issues in need of serious discussion are the establishment of a Treaty and South Australia's King William IV 1836 Letters Patent which added recognition of the rights of ‘any Aboriginal natives’ or their descendants to the lands they ‘actually occupied or enjoyed’ to South Australia's Foundation Act in 1834.

The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY considers that Australia has lived rent-free long enough and needs to pay its own way and give due recognition beyond symbolic gestures of acknowledgement of the previous landowners.  

The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY considers it of utmost importance to recognise the original inhabitants of this country and has a policy in place to do so.  It is one of our policy directives to ensure that a seat is made available for an Aboriginal representative, of their choosing.  This individual will be able to sit in that seat taking an active role in the formation of any governmental policies applicable to them, or otherwise.

The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY considers it to be consistent with a theme of making things right to invite a leader, elected from amongst them, to come and take up the seat we would create if elected into power to do so.  In so doing, the FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY believes that a healing of the people, the land, and the nation would occur due to obstacles being removed.
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Note:  The word "Equity", as it is used in the context of this article, means the application of the dictates of conscience or the principles of natural justice to the settlement of controversies.  It denotes the creation of something which is fair, just, and reasonable.

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We as a party support the concept of drug decriminalisation after the model presented in Portugal where they have seen a great success in the reduction of illicit drug use, particularly in the age groups of 13 – 18 year olds, as well as a significant reduction in the Hep C rates of drug users who previously shared needles.  As a result, some existing infrastructure would have to be changed in order to implement this, i.e. the creation of “dissuasion commissions” who can direct addicts to rehab centres, and for a referral mechanism to be created within the police force for the passing on of any users they come across to appropriate facilities for safe detoxification.    Our aim is to seek out the best practice possible from other countries, and see if their examples are suitable in our country.  This saves us re-inventing the wheel, therefore saving the taxpayer money, unless we need to for a specific Australian situation with no workable examples being used.  Prohibition as a baseline method for dealing with drugs or alcohol usage has never worked, and in fact only results in those who need treatment being criminalised and marginalised by society.

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The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY supports prisoners by recognising that they continue to be part of Australia’s moral commonwealth and as such have certain inalienable rights.  

The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY will work to ensure that prisoners are treated humanely by implementing policies which we believe will lead to greater success with long term rehabilitation and less recidivism.  These proposed polices are:
•    Along with increased support, Victim impact statements to have more impact in court, and more input.
•    The opportunity for victims to face and challenge the perpetrator of crime as a means of restorative justice.   
•    That the burden of proof for victims is lowered
•    Those convicted of non-violent, or accidentally violent, crimes are not incarcerated with those who have committed crimes of deliberate violence.   
•    Provision of a technical college for every jail that prisoners can access in order to learn trades they can give back to society and use to obtain jobs once their sentence is completed.
•    That those in prison retain the right to vote.
•    Opportunity to reduce their jail sentence by engaging in offence education and rehabilitation processes by attending their facilities technical college and using that acquired skill in government sponsored projects during their term of detainment.
•    Paedophiles to not be allowed to change their names, but instead to be named on a paedophile register.

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We as a party support the notion of the public being able to initiate their own referendum and that government follow the results.  This is something that is so significant it is unacceptable that Australian voters do not have the legal ability to do so yet.  As the Hon. Kim Beazley, Labor's former Minister, once said of the Swiss system of governance when comparing it with the Australian model and the virtues of citizen-initiated referendums, "They don't have ‘God governments'. Their governments are not named for leaders as though they belonged to them - ‘the Whitlam Government,' ‘the Fraser Government.'"    To date, the Hon. Elaine Nile previously sought to introduce a Bill supporting the rights of citizens to initiate the own referendum and was m et with staunch resistance from the Hon. D. J. Gay who stated that “It is an absolutely frightening and appalling piece of legislation”   that “threaten the control of the political system of existing elected governments”.  Because to his way of thinking “Parliament should have the final say on laws, and its power should remain unchallenged except by itself”.  
This is a policy directive that will restore governance and power to the voter so that the voting public is recognised as being the true source of power of which Parliament is their servant.  Even our near neighbour, New Zealand, recently had a citizen’s initiated referendum for an issue the citizens within that country thought important eno ugh.   New Zealand did not consider such a thing as threatening the “control” of the existing government.  Recently Europe has permitted their half a billion voters to enjoy the empowerment that comes through this policy directive.  This is democracy at work, and as such ought to be encouraged and legislated.
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We support the notion that Government has no place in the personal lives of individuals.  It is not the responsibility of Government to act as “parent” and make laws against or for certain actions adults may choose to do; as it relates to voluntary euthanasia, associations, gay marriage, home births, surrogacy, abortions, or clothing.  The role of government in this regard is to ensure that appropriate checks and balances are in place which support and promote individual and national sovereignty.  It is our understanding that Government is there to serve, not rule over us.

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 The F.R.E.E AUSTRALIA PARTY supports the need for many legislative changes to encourage increased usage of motorcycles, and to ensure rider safety and enjoyment to do so.  Some changes we will be working toward are included below:

1. - parking allowed on the footpath and/or verges (like Victoria)

2. - double time limits for all motorcycles in all parks. (Encourage use of bikes over cars)

3. - allow multiple bikes in one car park space and use a reward system to encourage it to occur, i.e. the car park space becomes free if more than one bike uses it.

4. - proper consideration of road safety matters for motor cyclists i.e. removal of lethal, aptly named by the biker community, “cheese cutter” wire fencing that is being used along roadways.

5. – proper safety precautions bearing in mind motorcyclists implemented by road workers doing repairs to cracks or potholes on the road, i.e. mix sand newly laid bitumen with it so it isn't like ice when wet.

6. - permission for 50cc mopeds to use bicycle lanes and bus lanes. They are just motorised pushbikes to normal traffic and are legally limited to 50kph.  It is unsafe to make them "blend" into the mainstream traffic travelling at 60, 70, or 80Kph

7. - bring back the "up-to 25kph" without a helmet in certain circumstances, i.e. funeral corteges, parades, etc.

8. – a reduction in costs for the licensing/training fees for motorbikes. 

9. - Lower the registration fees for ALL bikes.  Certainly, the third Party Insurance is over the top and used as compulsory revenue raising as it has no bearing on the actual cost payout factor. Like when does a motorcycle accident kill the truck driver? or [very rarely] car driver?

10. - look at ways to ENCOURAGE motorcycle/moped use.  In this day and age of congestion and fuel prices, surely that is "responsible government".  Adelaide is ideally suited for this form of commuter transport.

11. - provide tax relief on certified protective gear to encourage proper equipment, as opposed to the current heavy-handed approach of legislating mandatory use.

12. – review, or define clearly, the perennial "loud exhaust" issues so police cannot just make arbitrary untested decisions resulting in unnecessary costs for motorcyclists who then have to go through roadworthy testing stations only to be told that there exhausts were legal.
 
13. - Make an appeal process available. E.g. If the motorcyclist is wrong (i.e. too loud) then he/she pays, but if the police officer was wrong, the motorcyclists can claim back the costs.

14. - ease up on certain modification rules for bikes (like mirrors, etc). Who benefits from that safety issue?

15. - Allow stickers on helmets (currently illegal).   SAPOL can stick their logos on theirs.

16. - allow dirt bikes roadside access in country areas (it is been banned if you do not know)

17. - provide/allow access for dirt bikes to state forests etc. (maybe seasonal so fire risk is minimised)

18. - allow defence of motorcycle issues on the grounds of SAFETY.  In ALL cases.  An example being when a motorcyclist is stuck behind a truck that continually drifts into the dirt? The motorcyclist has to do 120-130Kph to pass only to be fined for it! 

The F.R.E.E AUSTRALIA PARTY will work towards changing the attitude to motorbikes, and their riders, within the legislation, by the non-motorbike riding public, and by the "authorities".   The reality is that ALL motorbikes are more "green" than any common car can be.  They reduce traffic congestion, ease up parking availability, and use less petrol resources, and are a perfect "single" mode of transport.
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We will work towards a legislated Bill of Rights with the goal of it being enshrined in our Constitution.   A Bill of Rights can prevent draconian type laws being implemented, or at the very least make it so that such laws are made under the spot light a Bill of Rights would cast upon their validity.  See the last page of this manifesto for a set of rights you DO NOT have.
The Bill of Rights we promote will contain:
•  A Right to private property for all Australians as some models currently in circulation (i.e. Australian Bill of Rights 1985) do not allow for property rights, i.e. your land is "your" land and cannot be taken at governmental whim to chase a global environmental Carbon Tax agenda;
• A Right to freedom of association to prevent any government action seeking to prevent this natural innate freedom;
• A Right to freedom of speech in all its forms to prevent any government action seeking to prevent this by means of electronic or others forms of censorship;
• A Right to individual sovereignty as it relates to freedom of choice so that an Australian citizen can act in any way they choose that is demonstrably not harmful to others;
• A Right to vote
• A Right to a presumption of innocence
• A Right to proper health care regardless of income status
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Organised crime needs official corruption at higher level in order to exist within society. We consider an Independent Commission Against Corruption (I.C.A.C .) as being one way to remedy this issue.   We resist and stand against arrogant leaders that tell us we don’t need one when there is an obvious hue and cry from the voting public to do so.  If our elected representatives have nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear from an I.C.A.C.
We are grateful that others have joined us in our call for an I.C.A.C. to weed out any existing government level corruption.  We thank the likes of Nick Xenophon,  David Winderlich, Isobel Redmond, and all other parliamentarians, who have come together as a result of our stand against draconian governance to make a unified chorus demanding an I.C.A.C.  Until then, the F.R.E.E  AUSTRALIA PARTY will continue to lead the challenge against unethical, and unconstitutional, actions of an errant government.
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We will manage State funding in a manner that will see the disability pension lifted up to minimum wage standards.  There is no reason for the allowance of the chronically disabled to be on a par with unemployment benefits, as they cannot help their condition, nor do anything to change it.  Unlike unemployment benefits, a disability pension is not designed to be a disincentive.  
 
A society can be judged by how it treats it’s vulnerable...i.e. the aged, infirmed, and disabled. If a society does not treat its vulnerable humanely it becomes inhumane itself.  The Rights of the disabled can be easily overlooked in a State if it's own Parliament House, supposedly there to serve the people, does not even cater to the disabled enough to grant them a wheel chair access.  There is something wrong with a system of governance when this occurs.
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On a State level we support the reclaiming of storm water and the returning of our water resources to public ownership. 
We support and encourage the ongoing inclusion of water tanks in all new house contructions, with subsidies for those houses without water tanks to have them fitted.  We would seek more public involvement by the use of community meetings and brainstorming sessions with funds being released for ideas and plans which lead to the provision of LONG TERM solutions to the States water problems.  It is a community problem therefore community involvement is essential for ownership to occur.

Nationally, we support the Bradfield Scheme, which is the idea of turning some of Queensland’s coastal rivers inland. It was first introduced in the 1800’s by the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dr J Bradfield. He envisaged diverting water from the coastal northern Queensland Rivers across the Great Dividing Range, into rivers which would supply water for stock and other purposes in inland areas. It is an immense project, but then, so was the Snowy Mountains scheme, which provide d employment to many tradesmen throughout Australia.  At a time when State Governments can easily spend up to one billion dollars upgrading traffic infrastructure, expense ought not to be a consideration when it comes to ensuring a stable supply of water to a national resource, as is the River Murray.
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We demand, and will provide, greater government accountability through the means of increased transparency.  Secrecy of information on a governmental level is largely a hangover from the days when information was owned by royalty and considered their possession.  In today’s society government is OUR servant, and as such is expected to have all the transparency that dictates within the 30 day time frame we would implement if elected.  If 30 days is too tight a time frame, then delegation of the task of seeking and providing the information ought to be implemented.  Transparency is all important within responsible governance.
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It is not befitting a country of Australia’s status in the world that people sleep on the streets while buildings sit empty and unused, going to rack and ruin. We cite the old "Julia Farr" building as an example, which could easily be fitted out to act as a transitional waiting place for the homeless before a more permanent solution becomes available.  We would look into providing increased housing opportunities which is more appropriate to  the needs of those seeking to use them.  For example it is not appropriate for a family to be homeless while a sole occupant takes up an entire 3 or 4 bedroom home.  This is a waste of government resources, and as such needs to be more closely supervised to ensure that waste of that nature does not occur and that all needs are met.
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We consider that a referendum needs to be held for a government to decide to sell off public assets like Telstra, a money making machine that used to belong to the taxpayer; or that some form of public accountability is created to bring a check and balances into place.  Public consultations do not suffice as government does not have to follow the public opinion derived from the work a hired consultancy firm may provide, as was the case with making Adelaide an alcohol free zone, or in the intervention into Aboriginal communities. Public opinion must be sought before selling what rightly belo ngs to them.  To not do so amounts to theft.  The public have a right to say NO, and to have that direction adhered to by those who are there to serve.
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We stand against actions like those witnessed in the fiasco surrounding the Ark Tribe case where the “Australian Building and Construction Commission” had greater power than a police force to demand attendance at a tribunal,  and then to jail someone for a lengthy period for failing to answer questions.  This is unacceptable in a nation that was built upon the backs of hard working Australians.  We resist moves to decontruct the solidarity of the Australian workforce when they come together to demand better working conditions or pay rates.
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It is time that a national FREE dental service was provided to all Australians.  The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY considers that there is a real need for dental services to be covered under a scheme similar to that which is already available under Medicare for GP’s and hospital services.  Australia is a wealthy country with natural resources in high international demand.  The Labor government has recently floated the idea of a super tax for mining companies which will bring in extra funds to enable the costs of making dental care free a reality.  The FREE AUSTRALIA PARTY considers that the profits gathered from such a scheme are used to improve the health and welfare of Australians with regard to dental work.
We are grateful to those political Parties following our lead in this regard and for adding their voice to ours in calling for this to occur.
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