OTHER POLICY VIEWS

OTHER POLICY VIEWS

IMPORTANT & SIGNIFICANT ISSUES NOT MENTIONED IN SPECIFIC POLICY PLATFORM.

Clearly, individuals in our society have an interest in or are concerned about a range of issues.  Issues that are most important to them will depend on such factors as their age, gender, occupation, income level, social environment, location, educational level and more.  Each person is likely to feel more strongly about some issues and less so about others.  Government has to attempt to take account of the views of all these people – an almost impossible task and hence the lines of John Lydgate, made famous by Abraham Lincoln:  “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

I am no different to the rest of you in as much as there are issues in which I have particular interest and expertise or about which I am most concerned.  I have outlined specific policy ideas in relation to those under their various headings in the Policy category.  However, I know that some of you will  have different priorities and concerns and I want you to know that I recognise that and the importance of issues to you.  So, whilst my knowledge or understanding of these issues may not be as strong as for some others, I believe that it is important to let you know my views about them and to promise that I will listen to your views about these issues and not ignore them.

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE – CHINESE FALUN DAFA (FALUN GONG)

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I attended the Gold Coast premier of “Hard to Believe” documentary on 12th August 2016. It looks at illegal and forced organ harvesting of the peaceful Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) members in China. Their only alleged “crime” is to be part of a 100 million strong group who promote, peace, harmony and love and practise meditation and nurturing.

The Chinese Government sees them a threat for some reason, so they incarcerate, abuse and torture members before they forcibly remove their organs, cornea etc.

Many are shot beforehand but some are still alive when the operations take place. Unthinkable violation of human rights and decency.

I strongly recommend that you gain a copy of “Hard to Believe” or go to a screening.

It is not graphic and has no medical footage or pictures. It is a documentary with interviews and some vision of public abductions.

Below is a post “Hard to Believe” interview with attendees including me.

China is our biggest trading partner and the Australian government is aware of this atrocity.

See below and attached information for more details.

The Movie – www.HardToBelieveMovie.com

The Epoch Times – www.theepochtimes.com.au or www.theepochtimes.com

Weekly publication – Epoch Weekly

Below are images of an address I gave to a meeting of Gold Coast Falun Dafa members prior to the 2016 election. I was one of 8 candidates addressing the meeting, including the Greens, Labor and Independents. (As an aside, the woman next to me in red was not in fact a candidate. Hers was the last seat available when she arrived and she ended up sitting with the presenters . She was a tad embarrassed)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

98% of climate scientists around the World agree that climate change and human contribution to it is perhaps the greatest threat to the Earth that there has ever been.  Of course, there are climate change deniers but the weight of evidence seems quite definitely against their view.  Whether this is cyclical (planetary cycle) or directly caused by humans is the subject of much debate.

Both major parties have accepted that there is a need to limit fossil fuel emissions and to work with other countries to meet this threat, though they have taken different approaches to dealing with it.

My own view is that regardless whether you believe humans are solely or partially responsible for climate change is irrelevant. The problem exists and is worsening. We need to do all that we can to minimise and eventually eliminate the contributions humans are making to climate change.

The move to renewable fuels should and must be a priority. There is limitless free energy available and begging to be utilised. Some fuels/energy sources are apparent and some are not. As our understanding of the planet and its energy generating capacity is understood, so to will our ability to tap into that energy.

Unfortunately the oil, coal, gas and other fossil fuel sectors have a huge investment in energy production and we need to incentivise them into researching and embracing alternative energy, without paying through the nose or rewarding them for their inaction in emission reductions.

If they can appreciate the change in human culture and attitude towards fossil fuels with the inevitable decline in demand, they should, if only for profit’s sake, invest more in alternatives. But for now we must stand fast and find the best way to make this change happen. It would be better to work with them but if they won’t cooperate and take affirmative action, the government(s) need to step in and persuade their hand.

I’m not sure that carbon credits or taxes are the way to go, but I’m open to all options and input. I believe that Australia needs to not rely on what other countries do. They produce so much more than us and out outputs are infinitesimal by comparison, but that it no excuse for shirking our responsibility to the planet and our citizens.

I have supported this for decades and the sooner we are no longer reliant on fossil fuels the better:

A few points:

  • That climate change and global warming is happening at an unprecedented rate & threatens the well-being of our planet;
  • That measures to meet this threat are not progressing at the rate they should because of both a lack of will and an unwillingness to take the bold steps needed to counter the threat;
  • That the alternative energy industries should be encouraged and developed such that we can generate employment and empower ourselves to lead the World in alternative and renewable energy sources and technology.

ENVIRONMENT

Australia is a wonderful continent that contains many environments and a variety of natural habitats for species often indigenous only to Australia, as well as many that have been introduced by human beings.  Sadly, today it is economics that rules our world.  If there is profit to be made out of the natural environment then money will be invested into caring for it.  If not, or if there is more money to be made by destroying it, then all too often it is the environment that will lose.

An example of gross and indecent disregard for the environment that is currently of significance is the approval given for the construction of the biggest coal-mine in the World by Adani.  This mine and particularly the associated works required for transporting and shipping its output represent a major danger to one of our greatest natural assets: the Great Barrier Reef.  The influence of big business and the lack of will of government, to which I referred above, is evidenced by the current government having attempted to have the Reef taken off the World Heritage List and its support for Adani even when all Australia’s major banks are unwilling to finance it.

My own view is:

  • Our natural environment must be respected and protected;
  • Where there is unavoidable or essential disturbance to the environment then funds must be set aside to ensure its rehabilitation after disturbance;
  • That the welfare of native flora and fauna should be put before the profit motive;
  • That small farmers and land-holders should have the right to refuse exploration on their properties, unless there is absolutely no alternative and the benefits to the population are significant. Compensation must also be given to said farmers and land owners; Having said that, if the environmental impact (cost) will greatly outweigh the benefits, the exploration must not commence;
  • That major infrastructure or agricultural projects that substantially distort or alter the natural topography and course of waterways should not go ahead if there is not a thorough understanding of future effects and that those effects are acceptable and sufficient safeguards put in place;
  • That laws preventing organisations from assisting or lobbying on environmental issues concerning land in which they have no financial interest should be removed;
  • That we learn to live and work within our environment and to care and protect it and all the species for which it provides habitat.

SCIENCE

Human beings have learned much about the nature of our world and what is both within and without.  Science has provided us with the ability to cure or prevent disease; to improve hygiene; to save or improve life for the injured; to explore space and other worlds; to communicate virtually instantaneously from one point to another, even across the globe.  Science has opened up both the greater cosmos surrounding our planet and the micro universes within our own bodies.  Science is akin to magic in its wonder and ingenuity and yet rather than hiding causes and processes, it reveals them to us.

Science can be used for good or bad, however of itself, is neither – It is a search for truth and advancement or our understanding of the Universe and reflects human curiosity.  Science, far from being cold and clinical (though that may well be the case for its processes) has the spirit and feeling of poetry in what it gives to us.  Its use has made the World a better and a worse place – We have better means to save and prolong life and better ways to destroy it.

The fact is, however, that science is as close as human beings have come to truth, predictability and understanding that allow us, as  a race, to exist and operate at higher levels than that of the cave-dweller, nomadic hunter/gatherer or ignorant social grouping.  Unfortunately there are many detractors who regard science with suspicion because it often undermines long-held and sacred views about our existence.  In addition,  unpleasant or unpalatable conclusions are often raised by scientific investigation and this makes some people feel uncomfortable or even threatened.

My own views are:

  • Scientific endeavour should be supported and encouraged for it is transformational to humanity;
  • Organisations such as CSIRO are essential to our nation’s progress & prosperity and should be well-funded and staffed, as well as being given substantial autonomy to follow investigations, wherever they may lead, regardless of whether that point fits with the social or political thinking of the day;
  • Scientific knowledge should be open and freely shared across boundaries, preferably with no or little cost;
  • Government decisions should be “evidence-based”, ie: supported, where possible, by the consensus of scientific studies in the area.