Saturday, 14 July 2018


Jarrod Edwards - The Greens (GRN)

Policy Source: The end of Mr Edwards' bio states "I look forward to championing the values of the party and really enjoy putting myself out there." The Greens website identifies four pillars that underpin the party: ecological sustainability, grassroots participatory democracy, social justice and peace and non-violence. The first three are discussed below with selections from the policy pages, non-violence being viewed here as concerned with means rather than ends.
Policy 1: Ecological Sustainability. Most famous for their environmental policies, the Greens' positions on many such areas are unsurprising. The Greens want a shift to renewable, clean energy technology and a stronger Renewable Energy Target, with the aim of being at 0 net emissions by 2040; they support sustainable agriculture and farming while seeking to limit the use of pesticides, reduce methane emissions from livestock (presumably by reducing livestock farming) and a moratorium on GMOs; they want greater legislative protection for ecological diversity and natural habitats.
Policy 2: Democracy. The Green's list of desired changes to Australian democracy include establishing a Bill of Rights; Constitutional recognition not only of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but also of multicultural diversity and local government; reduced voting age to 16; voting eligibility for long-term prisoners; fixed parliamentary terms; allowance of dual-national citizens to stand for parliament; an Australian republic; independent oversight of FOI requests; stronger whistleblower protections; parliamentary review of international treaties and domestic legislation to implement the UN charter of human rights as law.
Policy 3: Social Justice. The Green's support equality in law of de facto relationships and marriage, regardless of sex or sexuality, including support for same-sex adoption; diversification of age-appropriate sex education to include LGBT+ issues; recognition of trans peoples' gender identity on all legal documents; removal of requirement for a court order prior to juvenile hormone treatment; removal of religious exemptions to discrimination laws; establishing consistent age-of-consent laws; legalising consensual sex work; fully funding the NDIS; fully funding old-age incomes; ending off-shore detention; increasing Australia's humanitarian immigration quota; signing a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; establishing an Indigenous advisory body to the government and changing the date of Australia Day.

Brett Neal - Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFFP)

Policy Source: Policy on the Facebook page linked to from the ABC site above is fragmented often into two- or three-sentence posts, and it is unclear how much is contributed by the candidate and how much by various party representatives. The closest thing to a multi-issue statement I could find is this radio interview in which the following three issues were discussed. Each is also referenced individually on the facebook page, with a link to a news story which I have also provided for each heading.
Policy 1: Support for farmers. Unsurprisingly for a candidate for a farming- and country-oriented party, there is a policy to increase support for farmers, such as the Landcare programme. The candidate feels this has been insufficient and should be a higher priority than certain other areas of government funding. He also cites the importance of agriculture to the seat of Braddon. [News Article].
Policy 2: Pepper Spray for Women. The SFFP and its various former names have always had a strong focus on shooting and easier access to firearms, so it is perhaps unsurprising that they also support relaxing restrictions on pepper spray. Though I haven't found anything that expressly rules out legalising the spray for other sections of the community, every instance I've heard of relates specifically to arming women. [News Article].
Policy 3: Seconds. The SFFP candidate has already begun looking into a way to get 'seconds'--produce that does not meet the strict aesthetic standards of supermarkets--redistributed to people in food-insecure households, and wants a federally funded pilot scheme in Tasmania. [News Article].

Donna Gibbons - Independent (IND)

Policy Source: Political pamphlet, with the points condensed under three headings.
Policy 1: Government Services. Ms Gibbons lists among her current objections to government administration of services the length of Centrelink witing times, healthcare waiting times, a shortage of preventative healthcare initiatives (particularly for obesity and diabetes), and the quality of treatment in aged care and the NDIS.
Policy 2: Workers and Corporations. This candidate has concerns about international corporations avoiding Australian tax obligations, the underpayment and casualisation of workers and the current state of superannuation which is described as having "too many snouts in the trough".
Policy 3: Refugees. Ms Gibbons has written that "hoping that out of sight is out of mind is not showing leadership", the implication being that she opposes offshore detention and would presumably prefer onshore processing.

Joshua Boag - Liberal Democrats (LDP)

Policy Source: Policies on the ABC recommended Facebook page were hard to find with details, so I have deviated from the ABC's link and policy topics are taken from the LibDem's bio for Josh Boag, which helpfully states three policy areas "Joshua strongly advocates". Policy detail is taken from the LibDem policy pages.
Policy 1: The Right to Self Defence. In particular it is long-standing LibDem policy that gun control should be relaxed, that firearms should be available for self-defence, that anyone over 18 (excluding people with violent criminal history etc.) should be automatically entitled to a gun licence and a concealed-carry licence, that long-arms should not need to be registered and that semi-automatic firearms should not be limited or prohibited.
Policy 2: Cannabis Legalisation. The party supports the legalisation of cultivation, processing, possession, transport and sale of recreational cannabis, medicinal cannabis and cannabis products while supporting limits on selling cannabis to minors or driving while impaired by cannabis use.
Policy 3: Freedom of Association. "Restrictions on freedom of association, assembly and movement represent government over‑reach.  Freedom of association should not be limited by bans on membership of bikie gangs or groups deemed to be terrorist organisations. Long-standing laws against conspiring to carry out a crime are sufficient.  Freedom of association should not be limited by prohibitions on joining a trade union,  nor on requirements to join one.  Freedom to gather in public places without hindering the movement and peace of others should not be limited by curfews, ‘move along’ powers, or laws against loitering and peaceful protests." [Quoted from the Freedom of Speech policy.]

Brett Whiteley - Liberal Party (LIB)

Policy Source: I could not find a decent policy summary, as the ABC's link to the relevant Facebook page provides a series of promises and announcements without a centralised platform. The Liberals' website offers general policy initiatives, but nothing targetted to Braddon. Instead, I have drawn from the image galleries of the Facebook page, specifically listing the policies provided by this series of images.
Policy 1: Infrastructure. Promises include Flood-proofing the Latrobe, a half-million dollars to upgrade the Montello soccer ground, $10 million to upgrade the Murchison Highway and a further $100 million for roads west of Wynyard. There is also a promise of mobile upgrades along the West Coast.
Policy 2: Mental Health. Quite simply, the Libs have promised $4.8 million for mental health.
Policy 3: Employment. The focus on jobs is quite apparent reading through the Facebook page, but the only policy in the format I'm considering here is an announcement of training for 600 young people.

Craig Garland - Independent (IND)

Policy Source: The aim of the three-policy approach to summarising candidates is to give every candidate a fair representation in terms of space and diversity of views. In this case, however, I fell like it would be a misrepresentation of Mr Garland to do so. I could write briefly about his second and third policies as restoring Tasmanian AFL and opposing the extreme industrial deforestation while supporting sustainable forestry, but it is obvious Mr Garland's chief passion, as a fisherman, is the protection of marine diversity. So I will simply post this extract from his Facebook page:
Policy 1: Fisheries. "Our fisheries and our fishing communities deserve more from our elected members and it’s my hope that my run will raise our issues and Help protect the generations of jobs our waters have supplied. The cult of success can become a source of instability in an open society because it can undermine our sense of right and wrong. This is happening in our society today, our sense of right and wrong is endangered by our preoccupation with success as measured by money. Anything goes as long as you can get away with it. A classic example is the salmon farm industry of today. You can shoot our wildlife, relocate problem seals shutting down wild fisheries, kill a harbour and create dead zones in world heritage areas, have mass fish kills from overstocking and take over common property waterways without social licence and without the communities input and all on the back of a massive turnover."

Bruno Strangio - Australian People's Party (APP)

Policy Source: The party's policy page has several policies to sort through, so I have taken the three most expansively discussed as the "main platforms".
Policy 1: Taxation. This party wants to end tax deductions for work expenses*, increase the tax-free threshold, replace tax offsets for carers and people with disabilities with a payment, remove the beneficiary tax offset, reduce marginal tax rates, simplify GST and expand it to financial services, a 20% corporate tax rate with very few possible deductions; tax on all foreign businesses selling to Australians, and a 50% tax on property sales by foreign investors.
Policy 2: Immigration. The APP wants to reduce immigration for a 5-year period by: reducing visa numbers; abolishing temporary skilled migration; relying on temporary protection visas for refugees and repatriating them when it is safe to do so; providing visas for migrants to settle and remain in regional centres for 5 years; deporting all illegal immigrants; requiring family-sponsored immigrants of working age to have full-time employment for 5 years and not rely on welfare payments, with minors to be supported by family sponsors; and requiring immigrants to live here for 5 years, speak English and receive no convictions before seeking citizenship.
Policy 3: Social Security and Living Standards. APP policies call for: a $50 increase in the fortnightly single pension, $90 increase in the couples pension, Reduction of retirement age to 65, a reduction of gas and electricity bills by 50%, the implementation of a gas reservation policy, no expiration dates on any phone/internet data, unemployed people being made to work for councils or the military after 1 year, all welfare recipients to require photo ID, changing the NDIS to the National Investment Scheme, fully fund childcare only for working parents passing a means test, and all businesses with over 100 employees to have in-house childcare.
*The exact wording of this policy is "allow no work-related deductions". Though purely speculative, it is possible this should read "allow non-work-related deductions" which has the opposite effect of expanding rather than restricting tax deductions.

Justine Keay - Australian Labor Party (ALP)

Policy Source: Deviating again from the ABC's links, I consulted the ALP's bio on Ms Keay, which identified the following specific achievements she intends to fight for, quoted directly here:
Policy 1: End corporate tax cuts. Stop the $80 billion tax handouts to big business, especially the $17 billion to the big banks.
Policy 2: Essential services. Increased funding for local hospitals and health services; put more money back into local schools.
Policy 3: Apprenticeships. Restore the 704 apprentices lost on the North West Coasts under the Liberals.

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