Sex & Marijuana Parties To Share Joint Senate Tickets
A New Socially Progressive Coalition Emerges
The Australian Sex Party and the Marijuana (HEMP) Party have reached an historic agreement to win seats at the coming federal election. The parties will share joint tickets in a number of states in an effort to win the last two Senate seats in each jurisdiction. Under the new Senate voting rules the last two seats in many states are an unknown quantity.
Details of the new coalition will be announced at the Sex/Marijuana (HEMP) Party Queensland Senate launch, this Sunday in Brisbane.
The new coalition will appeal strongly to voters with its socially progressive and economically prudent policies. The agreement would appear to be the first of its kind between minor parties in Australian politics and is in line with the urging of political commentators like Antony Green, following the new voting laws.
The parties will combine their resources and votes in Queensland, Tasmania, SA, WA, NT and the ACT. In NSW the parties will run separate tickets but will preference each other.
Australian Sex Party leader and Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said the arrangement created a new and exciting progressive coalition for Australia, that would give voters a real alternative to the dry and regressive policies of the three major parties.
‘The major parties have not delivered on so many important progressive social reforms and as a result, Australia looks like the Hermit Kingdom of the southern hemisphere”, she said. ‘Dying with dignity, marriage equality, legal medical Cannabis and legal recreational Cannabis have all had their advocates in the major parties but nothing has happened. The same is true for taxing the church, prison reform, standardised abortion laws, humane processing of asylum seekers and access to affordable legal aid”.
Ms Patten pointed to her record of getting socially progressive issues off the ground in Victoria since becoming a member of the Victorian Upper House in late 2014. ‘Progressive minor parties have a real ability to push the traditional parties forward. If elected to the Senate we will change Australia’s social environment to more like those of progressive European countries and the more progressive US states’, she said.
Marijuana (HEMP) Party spokesperson, Andrew Kavasilas said that Cannabis was the most widely used illicit drug in Australia. ‘We’re calling for a meaningful approach to medical Cannabis that addresses the concerns and needs of hundreds of thousands of Australians currently using it for medical purposes’ he said. ‘Successive governments have continually avoided our farmers as they called for hemp seed food approval to allow them to access international markets. We want to be involved in the political discussions about how Australia regulates and taxes an ongoing Cannabis industry worth a reported $5 billion a year.’
Almost half of all Australians have used Cannabis at some point. ‘The nation’s pot smokers want to be treated in the same way as the nation’s drinkers’, he said. ‘Responsible use within a legal, regulated framework would empty Australia’s jails and put billions of dollars into the economy as has happened in Colorado and other US states. If marijuana were to replace alcohol as the major social tonic in society, there would be less aggression on the streets, lower road tolls, less domestic violence, better sleeping patterns, more creative work output and less vomit on the streets’.
He also said that Marijuana (HEMP) Party supporters had pioneered medical Cannabis in Australia over 30 years ago and had brought the issue to the forefront of Australian politics. ‘The major parties will continue to stall on medical Cannabis even though they are all nodding their heads’ he said. ‘Like gay marriage and taxing religion they all know that the majority of people want it but they can’t let go of their old attitudes. If we are elected, the SEX/HEMP coalition will make them wake up to themselves in ways they would never have dreamed of’.
Fiona Patten said that she would be in attendance at the launch along with journalist, blogger and Board Member of the Rationalist Society of Australia, Hugh Harris. Also in attendance will be Sex Party lead Senate candidate, Robin Bristow, Marijuana (HEMP) Party candidate Michael Harding and Sex Party candidate, Kirsty Patten.
Launch of the SEX/HEMP Joint Ticket Campaign and Queensland Senate Campaign: Sunday, 29 May 2016 at 10:00 AM :Mantra Hotel – 161 Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane.
Foreign-owned land register will not be made public despite transparency pledge
By regional affairs reporter Lucy Barbour Updated 30 Mar 2016, 3:21pm
Chinese bidder for Australian cattle empire defends investment in foreign farmland.
A new register of agricultural land will not be made public despite the Government’s promise to provide more transparency over foreign investment in Australian farms.
Register requires all foreign owners of Australian farmland to be registered with ATO
Organisation would be breaking tax laws if it published the entire register, ATO says
Labour’s Joel Fitzgibbon accused the Government of breaking election promise
The long-awaited register was established by the Coalition last year to allay concerns within the Australian community that the Government should have more oversight and information in relation to foreign ownership.
It requires all foreign owners of Australian farmland to be registered with the Australian Tax Office (ATO), and any new interests to be registered within 30 days of purchase.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) had expected the information in the register to be publicly available but the ABC can reveal the ATO will only release summaries occasionally, with its first report to the Government due in July.
Last September, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce told the Parliament the register would be like a map of all properties “to see who owns what.”
A spokesperson for the ATO said the organisation would be breaking tax laws if it published the entire register.
“Due to confidentiality provisions in the tax act, the ATO is unable to comment on any individual’s or entity’s tax affairs,” the spokesperson told the ABC.
“This includes providing any detailed breakdown of interest in agricultural land, where a taxpayer may be identified, or their information made public.”
New South Wales Liberal senator Bill Heffernan said he was lobbying the Federal Treasurer to make the register public.
“This is an over-my-dead-body issue. We’re entitled to know who in God’s name is through the fence,” he said.
“And if the proposition from the tax office is that we’re not entitled to know who our neighbour is, then as far as I’m concerned, the Government’s going to have to change it.
“And the good news is that I’ve spoken to the Government and I’m putting forward the case and I think it’s being sympathetically heard.”
The NFF lobbied strongly for tougher scrutiny of foreign ownership and previously warned the Government it did not want to see “aggregation” in the register’s design.
“We know that there is business sensitivity around commercial investment so we wouldn’t want to compromise any of that, but the whole point of the register was to inform the debate,” NFF chief executive Tony Mahar told the ABC.
“If there’s aggregated data and it’s in a form that shows us what is happening, in regard to this issue, and allows a much more informed debate, then we’ll be happy.
“But if it’s aggregated data that actually doesn’t inform the debate and doesn’t allow an understanding of what’s happening, then we’d have some concerns.”
This is not what the Government promised: Opposition
Labor’s shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon accused the Government of breaking an election promise.
“The whole idea of the register, first promised by Labor, was to ensure that all Australians, wherever they are, with the click of a mouse, could find out who is investing in what where,” he said.
“This is not what the Government promised.”
Mr Fitzgibbon said Labor would make the register public, if elected.
“Where there is a will there is a way,” he said.
“If the Government is determined the public should have information about who is investing in what [and] where, I’ve no doubt that’s a thing that’s capable of being done.”
The Deputy Prime Minister led the push for a register of foreign owned farmland and successfully lobbied the Abbott government to reduce the threshold for Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) scrutiny of private sector foreign purchases of agricultural land from $252 million to a cumulative total of $15 million.
A spokesperson for Mr Joyce said the design of the register was “absolutely consistent” with the Coalition’s promise prior to the 2013 election.
“[The July report] will be summarising the data trends in terms of overall level of foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land, and the main source countries,” the spokesperson said.
Independent Riverina candidate Richard Foley wants to hand power back to the people
A Wagga man is determined to hand democracy back to the people.
Independent candidate for the federal seat of the Riverina Richard Foley has come up with a bold plan to give constituents a voice in the parliament.
Mr Foley said our elected representatives should represent the people, not lead them.
If elected, he will work with experts to develop an app that will let residents have their say directly to their elected representative.
“The little people need to take the power back,” Mr Foley said.
“If I’m elected, I will work with (information technology) experts to develop a voting app.
“Through this use of technology, I hope to engage the public and help make the residents of Riverina the most politically involved electorate in Australia, and set an example for every other elected Member of Parliament to follow, if they dare to actually support real democracy.”
He also wants to stand up for youth issues, including the ice epidemic plaguing the country.
“The two major parties don’t offer a genuine choice,” Mr Foley said.
“Both leaders are a bit on the nose (to the generation population).”
The 47-year-old wants the next government to establish a national integrity body to hold all industries to account, not just a focus on unions.
The little people need to take the power back.
- Independent candidate for Riverina Richard Foley
Mr Foley is against the increasing foreign ownership of land.
“I’m a single parent and I wonder what the future holds for my daughter.
“What are we going to leave for future generations?
“We’re selling off assets to pay off debt.
“There has to be another way.”
Mr Foley indicated he would not be asking voters to preference their votes to any of the other candidates.
“Vote for whoever you want,” he said.
Mr Foley is hoping for community support to fuel his campaign.
Anyone interested can go here to view Mr Foley’s policies.
Mr Foley has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years – recently working on the Wagga Marketplace expansion.
ACCC gas report is nothing more than LNP propaganda
by Lachlan Barker 26 May 2016
Has another government-funded entity, the ACCC, fallen victim to the Abbott/Turnbull Government's bullying and in a similar abusive relationship to the ABC and CSIRO? Lachlan Barker investigates its propaganda-ridden report into the east coast gas market.
IN APRIL this year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a report into the east coast gas market, and those who read it were aghast to discover that the ACCC are now simply printing the Turnbull Government's gas propaganda.
The report concludes that the answer to any shortages of gas for Australian industry on the east coast is – surprise, surprise – lift any moratoriums on gas exploration in the eastern states, then to explore for, then produce, more coal seam gas (CSG).
So sad to see the ACCC agree to do this and, thus, I’m sorry to report that we – the Australian consumer – can no longer trust the ACCC
This is the latest in a long sad line of destruction of venerable institutions by the Abbott Government now supported by the Turnbull Government. The line most famously started with the Climate Commission, dismantled as soon as practically able, by Tony Abbott in 2013.
Then the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) came under the hammer and began their path toward being an institution that the Australian voter cannot trust.
I demonstrated this lack of independence from the CSIRO on gas in this recent article in IA. The headline from Renew Economy says it all really: ‘CSIRO buries its futures forecast in fossil fuel technologies’ or as IA titled it when republishing the piece: ‘CSIRO’s new report on #innovation focuses squarely on DICE-y coal technology’.
Also to suffer at the hands of the Turnbull government are: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Tax Office (ATO), Fair Work Ombudsman, the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as The Australia Institute’s report, ‘Corporate Malfeasance in Australia’, highlights.
Added to which, of course, is the non-stop bullying of the ABC, one of Australia’s few trusted and genuinely independent broadcasters.
See More: https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/accc-gas-report-is-nothing-more-than-lnp-propaganda