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All policies that are additional to the core ASP policies of tax and money - will be published on this page. If you wish to have any issue addressed, or if you have a proposal - please send your comments to the ASP via the "Contact" button given above. The ASP Committee will then review your comments.

 

Health

Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.

Hippocrates
460-377 BC

 

The 2 principles that underpin the ASP Health Policy are:

 

  no-1-red   The right to be fully informed.
Individuals have the right to be fully informed about the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breath, and the medical efficacy and side effects of medical treatments they accept.
       
  no-2-red   The right to choose.
Individuals have the exclusive right to choose what they ingest or inject - and no government or agency has the right to make that decision for them, or to or influence that choice by way of financial incentives.

 

The ASP Health Policy is:

  • Provide a basic level of free health care to Australians.
  • Increase the number of qualified hospital staff and funding for public hospitals.
  • Restructure the health system and infrastructure to reduce patients on waiting lists.
  • Test all GMOs and ban those that are harmful.
  • Label all GMOs so that the consumer is fully informed.
  • Review Australia’s role with foreign food administrations such as America's FDA and other regulatory bodies.
  • Encourage the production of organic produce.
  • Hold food producers and manufacturers accountable for toxins in their food.
  • Ensure that all forms of medication require informed consent and can never be mandatory.

 

It is unfortunate that the media has visibly demonstrated that it is biased in favour of big corporations - and excludes the views of independent researchers. Consequently, the ASP encourages all its members to do their own research on issues regarding their health.

If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

Defence and Foreign Affairs

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations ... entangling alliances with none.

Thomas Jefferson

 

A nation than is incapable of defending itself, or is unable to secure its borders - is not an independent nation. The ASP believes in having a strong and agile defence force, that is equiped with the best technology and staffed with men and womem that make us proud. We do not believe in pursuing foreign entanglements, or in occupying any other sovereign nation - but rather in the adage that "good fences make good neighbours". Deterrent should be the first objective of our defence force.

Australia must be self sufficient in the defence of our country.To achieve this, we propose the following:

  • Our first line of defence is to maintain good, friendly, diplomatic relations with other nations by trade and diplomacy.
  • Provide adequate funding for all three branches of our Defence Force.
  • Develop and expand our own capacity to design and manufacture weaponry and other military equipment that we shall need to defend Australia. We must never be reliant on other nations to furnish us with the military hardware and ammunition.
  • In times of inactivity, the Army (Defence Forces) may at times assist in road fixing, fire-fighting, and in other emergency / natural disaster relief operations.
  • All decisions to go to war should be the prerogative of the people, and should not be decided by a handful in Parliament.
  • Australia should never be subject to any foreign/international treaty or agreement that puts restrictions on our economy, our social policy, or that dictates anything at all regarding how we choose to function as a free nation. Politicians should never be pressured into doing anything against the better interests of the Australian people. That is what it means to be a democratic, independent, and sovereign nation.
  • To end Australia’s financial contributions to the UN that is being re-distributed in areas not supported by tax-payers.
  • End all foreign aid via re-distribution of tax-payers’ money, and encourage personal or private charities to fill this void. Charity should be a joyful act; not a forced act.

Small business

A small business is defined as one that is actively trading and that employ less that 20 people. Small businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy - with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education stating that:

Small businesses make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, accounting for slightly less than one-half of private sector industry employment...

The ASP would like to see this figure increase, and for entrepreneurs to flourish. The ASP will change the environment in which they operate, in the following manner:

  • Introduce the Debit Tax - and eliminate the administrative burden of GST.
  • Introduce the Debit Tax - and stop payments of all other taxes (such as personal Income Tax).
  • Save $28,000 per year spent on tax compliance (see video).
  • Save 10 hours per week spent on tax compliance (see video).
  • Abolishing the majority of council fees.
  • Abolishing unnecessary red-tape, and limit the areas in which councils can establish rules to that of health and safety, and waste management.

Ageing and disability

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

Abraham J. Heschel

 

aged-careThe Australian Sovereignty Party honours our elderly citizens, and we believe that their experience and wisdom has a lot to offer our communities. We intend to make a significant improvement to the quality of life of our aged - since we too, will someday walk in their shoes.

Health care and services to the elderly are in dire need of improvement. Throughout their lives, the elderly have contributed to the construction of our society, and also to much of what we take for granted - they deserve so much better.

Our senior citizens deserve our respect and protection - and we intend to do the following:

  • Implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support those who are unable to care for themselves.
  • By implementing our tax and monetary policies - the $15 billion required for the NDIS will be made available.
  • Adjust current pensions to a level that reflects the reality of our economic conditions (such as price inflation).
  • Provide adequate funding for disabled citizens (regardless of age) for mobility equipment, wheelchair access ramps, home modifications, and temperature control systems.
  • Allow senior citizens to remain in the workforce without means testing.
  • Encourage the elderly to contribute to their community - by getting involved with mentoring, community centres, horticulture, park maintenance etc.
  • Remodel aged care homes and retirement villages into "community based" environments - that embrace the concepts of dignity, voluntary contribution, personal space and freedom.
  • Ensure that elderly couples have the right to remain together - and their privacy respected.
  • Increase the penalties for perpetrators who target the elderly.
  • Improve security services and infrastructure for seniors.

Industrial hemp

Industrial hemp is one of the oldest crops known to man - and in the past its use was actively promoted by western governments. It is an incredibly versatile plant - and has been used to produce food, oils, building material, ropes and even motor vehicles. Although hemp clothing currently costs more than cotton clothing - it will last up to six times longer, and thereafter it can be recycled into paper.

Hemp can be grown without herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers. It is ecologically sensitive and can be processed and made into paper and textiles without the use of toxic chemicals - as opposed to the processing of cotton and wood pulp, which require large amounts of toxic chemicals.

Hemp also provides protein, and the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are in the ratio that the body requires. It also contains vitamin A, B, D and E, calcium, sodium, iron and dietary fiber. In short - hemp is an incredible source of food for better health.

 

Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?

Henry Ford

 

Industrial hemp does not contain THC - which is a psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. Wikipedia states the following with regards to the cultivation of industrial hemp in Australia:

In the Australian states of Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and, most recently, New South Wales, the state governments have issued licences to grow hemp for industrial use. The state of Tasmania pioneered the licensing of hemp in 1990. The state of Victoria was an early adopter in 1998, and has reissued the regulation in 2008. Queensland has allowed industrial production under licence since 2002, where the issuance is controlled under the Drugs Misuse Act 1986. Most recently, New South Wales now issues licences under a law, the Hemp Industry Regulations Act 2008 (No 58), that came into effect as of 6 November 2008.

One of the best documentaries on hemp and cannabis can be viewed here.

The ASP policy on industrial hemp is:

  • Legalise the production of industrial hemp (i.e. no license will be required).
  • Encourage the cultivation and use of industrial hemp.

Medical cannabis

It is illegal to use, possess, grow or sell cannabis in Australia - even though the medical benefits of cannabis are well documented. The farce around cannabis, is that the production of cannabis can land you in jail - but if you manage to harvest a crop and extract the beneficial components to use medically - then that is legal.

Medical cannabis has been used to treat cancer, autism, depression, carcinoma, emoma, epilepsy, pain, nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome, unintentional weight loss, insomnia, lack of appetite, asthma, glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, fibromyalgia, dystonia, digestive diseases, gliomas, hepatitis C, Huntington's disease, leukemia, skin tumors, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Parkinson's disease, pruritus, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psoriasis, sickle-cell disease, sleep apnea, anorexia nervosa, Crohn's disease ....

The ASP policy on medical cannabis is:

  • Legalise (but regulate) the cultivation and distribution of cannabis.
  • Encourage research into the efficacy of medical cannabis.
  • Ensure medical cannabis becomes an option in medical treatement.

Recreational cannabis

Any discussion around the legalisation of drug use can become a heated affair - mainly due to conjecture. However, effective from July 2001 - Portugal "legalised" the use and possession of drugs (by changing it from a criminal offense to that of an administrative procedure) and the results are now there to be analysed and interpreted. One of the most striking results - is that drug use did not escalate as expected.

Time magazine reported that drug use actually decreased among most age groups. The Australia21 "think-tank" has recently suggested that drug use be decriminalised, while the international community has declared that the decades long "war on drugs" is a failure.

The ASP policy on recreational cannabis is:

  • Start an honest discussion about the cost and effectiveness of criminalisation.
  • Investigate the consequences of de-criminalisation and regulation.
  • Restate the "drug problem" as a health issue, and not a criminal issue.
  • Bring education into the centre of any policy change.

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Videos - Other

ABC Landline - Politics of Pot

ABC Landline - Australian hemp

The power of hemp

Alarming truths about GMOs

GMOs - Myths and Truths

Genetic Engineering (Greenpeace)

Seeds of death - lies of GMOs

The risk of pharmaceuticals

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