Role of government

The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.

Andrew Jackson
President of the United States (1829–1837)

Australian-constitutionThe debate surrounding the role of government spans many centuries – where one camp believes in big government (which intervenes in all areas of your life), while another believes in small government (which is constitutionally limited).

The ASP aligns itself with the philosophy of having a small and constitutionally limited government, whose functions are restricted to:

  • The protection of your natural rights.
  • The creation, issuance and control of our national currency.
  • Tax collection and distribution.
  • Legal and court infrastructure.
  • Public infrastructure.
  • Public resource management.
  • Education.
  • Defence of the nation.
  • Citizenship and immigration.
  • Setting standards and measurements.
  • Census and statistics.
  • Quarantine.
  • Copyrights, patents, and trademarks.

Where possible, government offices should be scaled down and dispersed into local communities. By definition - any centralised office is only readily accessible by a small portion of the population, and consequently creates an "us and them" situation. Government is required to serve all the people - and having dispersed offices ensures that their services becomes inclusive, and that the needs of diverse and multicultural communities are met.

 

Regulations for a level playing field

Governments can affect all aspects of the economy and that of the open market. To date, the open market is the most efficient and effective mechanism for allocating scarce resources and for facilitating the creation of wealth - but when it fails to operate in the best interests of the people, then some form of limited government intervention is required. Events that would necessitate such government intervention are the formation of cartels, monopolies, unfair policies enforced by special interest groups, the suppression of competition, the erection of barriers to entry into markets, foreign agencies such as the WTO dictating terms of trade, the destruction of the environment etc .....

To ensure that choice is not limited, that individual rights are not violated and that the environment is not harmed - the government should have the right to implement the following economic guidelines:

  • Ensure that there is a "level playing field" in all markets.
  • Promulgate regulations to set a minimum standard of conduct.
  • Ensure ease of entry into markets by entrepreneurs.
  • Reduce bureaucratic "red tape".
  • Never "bail-out" any private company or business.
  • Ensure consumers are always well informed.
  • Secure the natural resources of Australia are for the benefit of Australians.
  • Never enter into international treaties without a parliamentary vote.

 

Benefits

If the economic role of government is directed by the items above, and the ASP Monetary and Tax policies are implemented - then the following will be the natural consequence:

  • Our national debt will be eliminated.
  • Our tax system will become transparent, efficient and fair.
  • Individual rights will be protected.
  • Our environment will be protected.
  • There will be fewer bureaucracies.
  • Manufacturing will return to Australia.

 

In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipotent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. If government becomes a lawbreaker it breeds contempt for law: it invites every man to become a law unto himself. It invites anarchy.

Justice Brandeis

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