Our Principles

A sovereign nation for a sovereign people.

We have identified 7 principles that are essential for Australia and its people to be truly sovereign. If implemented, these principles will transform Australia into a prosperous, free, and sovereign society. They are:

Honest Money

Any nation that borrows its national currency from private enterprise is not sovereign.

We believe that it is the prerogative of a sovereign nation to create and issue its own national currency. We reject our current debt-based monetary system which monetises debt, and has placed our nation into perpetual debt.

We demand that Australia implement a debt-free money system - where all money is created and spent into circulation (thereby reducing taxation) - rather than the Australian dollar being borrowed into existence from private corporations.

Fair Tax

Australia currently has more than 125 taxes. Our Income Tax Assessment Act of 1997 is 351 pages long.

History shows that with time, all taxes increase, along with their complexity. We believe that you have the right to retain all the fruits of your labour. Our Fair Tax is the most effective, efficient and just tax system we know, and will only be applied on money that you spend. It will be applied to all - equally and without any exception.

This Fair Tax will not only generate all the required revenue for the government’s budget, but it will also reduce the administrative burden or recording and paying our current raft of over-complicated and inefficient taxes.

Fair Trade

In theory, free trade is a noble philosophy. As supporters of individual liberty, we support the notion that people should be free to trade amongst each other, regardless of location and without obstruction. However, theory and practice prove to be very different.

Free trade is not fair trade. Free-market capitalism does not concern itself at all with "fairness" or with the actual cost to people and the environment of such trade. Free-market capitalisation is driven only by profit and cost.

We believe that all trade (be that within our borders or with other nations) must take into account the true costs of manufacture and transport. These costs, such as the violation of basic human rights, the destruction of the environment, the closure of local manufacturing, the national cost of paying unemployment benefits etc, must find its way onto corporate balance sheets. To trade based only on the direct monetary costs of an item is short-sighted and unsustainable.

Free Market

A free market is defined as "a market where the price of a good or service is, in theory, determined by supply and demand, rather than by governmental regulation".

We believe that the role of government is not to control or regulate prices, but that it is to define a set of ground rules that will be applied to all,  without any favour, so that the market itself can effectively determine the price of goods and services.

To assume that markets are "self regulating" and that such "self regulation" will benefit consumers, or allow free entry into the market, is simply naive. Left to itself, all markets will consolidate into fewer players, introduce barriers to entry, raise prices and lobby for exclusivity.

On a global level, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act in the USA is directly responsible for the global financial crisis that we are all experiencing. History is an excellent teacher.

Citizens' Initiative

A Citizens Initiative is basically a mechanism whereby the public can demand that an issue be brought before the electorate in a binding vote.

We believe that if our government actually represents the will of the people, then there should be no objection to the implementation of a CI. Also, a CI will also act as a counter-balance to the government deciding to act contrary to the people - which it has done on numerous occasions (e.g. the carbon tax, the GST, the privatisation of Telstra).

We believe that the government should be obedient to those it represents. As Thomas Jefferson stated: "When the government fear the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny".

Natural Rights

Every man, woman, and child, is born with inalienable rights that are self-evident. These rights are "natural rights", and they are not contingent upon any law, any custom, any belief, any culture or any government. These rights cannot be stripped away by anyone, and they cannot even be given or delegated away.

We support the notion of an Australian Bill of Rights (enforced by our federal constitution) that will stipulate these natural rights that must be upheld by all courts of law, and must be respected by our government.

Immigration

An integral part of "Australian sovereignty" is the protection of our democracy, our values, our way of life and the living standards that we enjoy. Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about the deterioration in the quality of their lives due to urban sprawl, congestion, over-crowded schools and hospitals, and lost open spaces.

One factor that contributes significantly to this is ill-conceived immigration policies. Any increase in our population requires significant financial and physical resources, such as additional state and local government funding, additional water, new schools, new hospitals and additional transport capacity. Our financial budgets and existing infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with an ever increasing population.

The end result of badly planned immigration is higher government expenditure and falling living standards. Additionally, when new immigrants isolate themselves within their own "cultural communities" and refuse to integrate into the wider Australian community, it becomes easy to understand the public backlash and claims that such immigrants are "un-Australian" and living at the expense of other Australians. Race tensions can quickly escalate.

When setting guidelines for immigration, the government should not consider race or religion - but rather the financial ramifications (e.g. increased government expenditure), the capacity of existing infrastructure (e.g. schools and transport), the capacity of local services (e.g. hospitals) and the use of natural resources (e.g. water consumption and land usage).  The ASP wants Australia to remain a desirable destination for qualified immigrants, but we live in a world of limited financial and physical resources. As such, our immigration policy must be cognizant of these limitations.

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