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Australian People

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE'S PARTY POLICIES

 

Education
* Australian born school and university students will receive free education. Foreign students will pay fees
* Emphasis on literacy and numeracy in all government schools. Ensure year levels, student age of entry and curriculum is uniform across the nation
* Fund TAFE system to provide Australia with skilled workers
Health
* Reform health - emphasis on aged and most needy patients, reduce patient waiting times, expedite listing of new life saving medicines on PBS. GPs to have health management programs in place for all patients with ongoing illnesses
* Reform Medicare system - eliminate fraud, over servicing
Immigration
* Reduce Immigration into Australia for 5 years.
a) Immigration only through family sponsorship where person of working age entering must have full employment for 5 years, not rely on welfare payments, minors to be supported by family sponsors
b) Those seeking Australian citizenship must live in Australia for 5 continuous years, speak an acceptable level of English, have no convictions for breaking Australian law
c) Number of visas reduced and Temporary skilled shortage visas abolished
d) Refugees provided with protection visas until safe to return to their original country
e) Provide visas for migrants to settle and remain in regional centres for 5 years
f) Deport all 50,000 current illegal immigrants with no future entry
Social security and living standards
* Increase age pension by $50 per fortnight for singles and $90 for couples, reduce age requirement for pension back to 65 for both men and women
* Reduce gas and electricity bills by 50% and implement a gas reservation policy of 20% to reduce prices. Make it illegal to have expiry dates on data purchased on phone/internet plans. Ban electricity retailers offering discounts on inflated base rates
* Provide employment, education, training in the armed services or with councils for those unemployed more than a year
* Require all welfare recipients to supply photo id when applying to eliminate fraud
* Support NDIS name change to National Investment Scheme and NDIS reform campaign
* Fully fund Childcare only for working parents and properly means tested and businesses with more than 100 employees to have in-house childcare facilities
Taxation
* Simplify individual tax system by: increasing the tax-free threshold, allow no work-related deductions, remove Invalid and invalid carer tax offsets (replaced by direct payments by Human services), remove beneficiary tax offset
* Have one low and middle income tax offset that can be claimed by Australian citizens and permanent residents only to replace changes made above
* Marginal tax rates reduced across the board (see budget response for more details)
* Reform Trusts to prevent tax minimization
* Simplify GST system to reduce red tape and extend it to financial services
* 20% Corporate tax rate on gross income and only deductions available will be depreciation and capital investment expenditure to prevent tax minimization
* Foreign online businesses forced to pay tax on all sales to Australian consumers and make foreigners pay 50% tax on profit made from property sales - paid on settlement
Housing affordability 
* Reduce capital gains tax discount from 50% to 25%, discount only available for assets held for 2 years or more
* No deduction for interest on negative geared rental properties - total interest to be deducted from sale proceeds for properties acquired after 1 July 2019
* Abolish stamp duty Australia-wide for residential home buyers
* Impose a 15% tax on vacant held residential properties owned by foreigners
* Increase housing available in regional centres and surrounding areas
* Abolish first home owners grants which push up house prices
Government accountability
* Abolish Remuneration Tribunal and Independent Parliamentary Expense Authority
* Politicians (including senior public servants) pay frozen for 5 years. Future pay rises based on average pay rise received by all public servants below the Senior Executive Service (SES) level
* Travel allowances abolished. Electorate allowances only for running electoral offices
* Contractors and consultants to be reduced across the public service
* Abolish political donations by foreigners and businesses - political donations limited to maximum $5,000 by individuals aged over 18 in one year, more timely disclosure of donations, ban property developer donations
* Existing politician’s pension system abolished and to receive same 9.5% superannuation contribution as other Australians
International trade
* Impose tariffs on all imported goods to match tariffs imposed by foreign countries on exports to stimulate Australian manufacturing and review all unfair trade agreements
Environmental issues
* Provide tax incentives to businesses to reduce pollution - large fines for those who don’t transition to lower carbon emissions over the next 12 years
* All government buildings to have solar panels with batteries installed. Panels and batteries manufactured in Australia by majority owned Australian businesses
* Fracking moratorium - support renewable energy without jeopardizing energy reliability
State and other issues
* Infrastructure stimulus packages across regional Australia. Build a dam in QLD to alleviate flooding and channel excess water into the Darling river, fast rail service on the Eastern seaboard and solar power stations in NSW, South and Western Australia
* Abolish all road tolls Australia wide and support more public transport
* States and Territories to pass same laws across our country to stop them competing with one another to detriment of the country
* Negotiate with State and Territories to remove payroll taxes to increase employment
* Support States and Territories to set up hostels for homeless to provide free meals, showering, laundry facilities, financial advice and training to obtain employment
* Enable citizen initiated referenda so Australians have a say on important issues after obtaining signatures of 5% of the population
* Reclaim assets like power stations sold by governments
         *  Review gun control measures and bring in  harsher penalties for illegal    
         gun ownership and importation
Superannuation
* Superannuation funds to only pay superannuation pensions. Once pensions achieve $60,000 per year indexed to CPI, superannuation contributions will cease.