October 6th 2018

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COVER STORY Bank plan a sure bet to build up PNG and our Pacific neighbours

VICTORIA Infrastructure fiasco clogs Melbourne roads

CANBERRA OBSERVED Ex Lib leaders seldom follow the rule that silence is golden

THE ECONOMY A shower of cold facts may counter coal phobia

POWER AND ENERGY SECURITY Not the moment to hit the snooze button, Australia

LIFE ISSUES Abortion grief: a restoration of honour

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Drought: just one element in a bigger climate picture

FREEDOM OF SPEECH Former High Court chief defends free speech on campuses

EUTHANASIA Seeking peace in a poisoned chalice

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Migration numbers: a new discussion begins

OPINION Victorian election 2018: How will you vote

FICTION A gentle dying

MUSIC Amy Winehouse: A natural jazz talent

CINEMA Searching: Digital window on the soul

BOOK REVIEW Biological realities v social constructs

BOOK REVIEW A little application of common sense

CHINA Social Credit System gives complete control of every citizen

LIFE ISSUES Bowing to the goddess of abortion law reform: the pseudo-religion of radical feminism

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Victorian election 2018: How will you vote

by NW Contributor

News Weekly, October 6, 2018

With Victorians going to the polls on November 24, it is timely to look at the policies of the parties offering themselves for election as Victoria’s new government. It is helpful for voters to know where the parties stand on issues that are important to them.

The comments on the parties’ policies offered here are based on the five primacies of the National Civic Council (NCC):

Defending life
Supporting the family
Assisting small enterprise
Promoting the national interest
Fostering Judeo-Christian virtues

Defending Life

The Liberal and National parties do not have a pro-life policy in their constitutions. They have a conscience vote on life issues, so how a particular MP votes will vary.

The ALP has proven to be thoroughly anti-life. Premier Daniel Andrews, then health minister, helped draft the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 that legalised abortion for any reason up until the day of birth, one of the most barbaric abortion laws in any democracy in the world.

The ALP in 2015 also passed the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015, which prohibits pro-lifers from offering support to women, and alternatives to abortion, within 150 metres of an abortion practice or publicly opposing abortion, in an effort to snuff out any public opposition to the murder of pre-born babies.

In 2018 the ALP introduced and passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act, thereby allowing physician-assisted suicide. This act allows doctors to prescribe a lethal substance for a patient to kill him or herself.

The Greens and the ALP have written into their policy platforms the so-called woman’s “right” to abortion as part of women’s reproductive health rights.

All Labour DLP candidates must be pro-life, subscribing to the Labour DLP principle of care for all people from conception to natural death, to be considered for preselection in the party and, consequently, will always vote against abortion, loss of conscientious objection, assisted suicide/euthanasia and exclusion zones.

Supporting the Family

Policies supporting the family seem to be in short supply under this Victorian Government. Daniel Andrew’s ALP passed legislation establishing a Child Link Register. This register, instead of concentrating on “at risk” children, allows sharing of information among government agencies about every child and their family in Victoria. It enables monitoring of “information or an opinion … that is recorded in any form and whether true or not”. The ALP’s “Big Brother” surveillance extends right into the heart of every family.

The ALP will expand the insidious “Safe Schools” program to all state secondary schools by the end of 2018. This program exposes children to dangerous transgender ideology and encourages children to consider whether they should “change” their sex. It has implemented the “Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships” curriculum in all government schools, primary and secondary, which also pushes transgender ideology and explicit sex education.

They have introduced Doctors in Schools and Lawyers in Schools programs that also usurp the parents’ role in decisions about medical advice and treatment for their children. Doctors in Schools enables young people to obtain, for example, contraceptives and abortion through the school without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

Liberal shadow education minister Tim Smith has indicated that a Coalition government would pare back the education curriculum, stripping it of ideological agendas and taking it “back to basics” to ensure that children can read, write and count. The Liberal Party has promised that, if it wins government, it will abolish “Safe Schools”.

Labour DLP recognises that parents are the primary educators of their children and would remove any resources/programs that push explicit sex education and transgenderism in schools or usurp parents’ consent to, or knowledge of, their child’s medical care or treatment.

Assisting Small Enterprise

Assisting small enterprise is a key concern of Labour DLP. Labour DLP policy is to cut back the number of government agencies, removing red tape for small business, and reducing the trading terms to no longer than 30 days for government and big business to pay small-business invoices.

Federally, Labour DLP would require government to administer superannuation and paid parental leave and stop small business having to carry out the functions of government.

Labour DLP believes the federal government should pay superannuation and WorkCover costs for the first 12 months a small business employs its first worker and grant a one-year deferment of company tax for the first seven years. It would phase out payroll tax, which is a direct tax on employment.

Conversely, the ALP seems to put green ideology ahead of jobs every time. It cut the timber allowance of Heyfield timber mill by more than half, threatening its closure before using $61 million of taxpayer’s money to purchase it. Now six other Victorian timber mills face closure because of their reduced timber allowances.

Promoting the National Interest

To achieve its 40 per cent renewable- energy target by 2025, in 2017 the ALP increased coal royalties by 300 per cent, which hastened the closure of Hazelwood power station. Since Hazelwood closed, wholesale electricity prices have risen 85 per cent; they have risen 300 per cent since 2015. This is causing business and industry to shut down or go offshore and burden Victorians with higher priced and more unreliable electricity.

The ALP has banned onshore gas exploration, pushing up gas prices for families, businesses and industry.

Labour DLP supports the construction of high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power stations. Coal-fired power is by far the cheapest form of energy and can provide continuous, base-load power. Labour DLP would remove the millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies propping up unreliable renewable energy, which would bring down power prices for small business, industry and households.

The Victorian Liberals will scrap the Victorian renewable energy target and allow onshore gas exploration.

To promote the national interest, Labour DLP would establish a federal development bank. Its primary role would be as a source of funding for infrastructure spending by the federal and state governments (including projects in regional and rural areas), obviating the need to seek funding in foreign markets. This would reduce our foreign debt and halt the sell-off of Australian infrastructure assets.

A development bank would be Australian owned and operated, separate to the Reserve Bank of Australia, and external to the Treasury and ongoing budget requirements.

Labour DLP believes that the construction of new dams would drought proof Victoria, and, along with extending greater water allocations to farmers, would better protect the agricultural industry from the vagaries of the climate and market forces. More water could also open up regional and rural areas to becoming the food bowl of the Asia-Pacific region, creating tens of thousands of jobs in these dying regions and ensuring Australian food security.

Labour DLP would call for an immediate moratorium on the current Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP), bring all water acts up for review, and enact an immediate cessation to all water buybacks. It would intervene in all environmental flow programs that have been enacted at the behest of the federal water bodies. Labour DLP opposes the trading and commoditisation of water.

The ALP has no plans to build new dams but will “support the development of alternate sources of water such as recycling and storm water capture”, while it explores “opportunities to return more flows to the environment”: that is, take more water from farmers and the agricultural sector and let it flow out to sea.

The ALP believes that “the water sector makes a significant contribution to greenhouse gases” and will work to “achieve net zero emissions before 2050”.

The Coalition believes in the decentralisation and distribution of power.

Labour DLP believes in distributism, not to be confused with socialist redistribution. Distributism is an economic system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by as many private owners as possible (as opposed to a few) for the purpose of self-reliance for its citizens. It counters the increasing power of giant corporates and banks and the concentration of excessive wealth among a few.

The Victorian Branch ALP platform 2018 (p13) supports adding to the burden of red tape and forcing compliance with an LGBTI agenda in the workplace including, “ensur[ing] LGBTI staff are supported and enjoy an LGBTI-inclusive workplace in their employment; ensur[ing] government leads as a model employer providing LGBTI-inclusive training for all public sector staff; and … requir[ing] regular auditing and publishing of the gender pay gap and gender reporting across the public sector”.

Labour DLP believes that public utilities such as power, water and gas belong in public hands to protect national security and to prevent price gouging by corporates.

Fostering the Judeo-Christian virtues

Labour DLP believes that the family is “the best environment for the raising of children, the provision of health care, and the economic prosperity of local communities and the nation”. It believes that “marriage [is] between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others” and that “children [should be] raised by their biological parents, both playing an active and supportive role where possible”. It opposes same-sex civil unions, same-sex surrogacy, IVF and adoption, and same-sex relationship registers or “marriage”.

The Victorian Liberal Party believes that “the family is the principal foundation on which individual lives and a good society are constructed. Policy should foster and strengthen family life.”

The ALP will “ensure assisted reproductive services are accessible to, and inclusive of, all Victorians, including LGBTI”, thereby deliberately depriving the children involved of their biological mother or father or both.

Labour DLP believes in everyone’s right to practice their faith, not just privately but publicly, and recognises that the Judeo-Christian tradition has given us the free, democratic, pluralistic society we enjoy in Australia today and will fight the constant attacks on the right to freedom of religion and expression.

Recent Newspoll results show that minor parties are capturing around 25 per cent of the primary vote at elections. Voters seem increasingly to be looking for alternatives to the political spin or policies of the major parties.

TheAustralian Conservativesparty,which absorbedbothFamily First and Australian Christians, is not standing at the Victorian election. Rise Up and One Nation will also not stand. That leaves the Democratic Labour Party, now known as, and appearing on the ballot paper as Labour DLP, as the only party standing that has pro-life virtues written into its constitution and that affirms “the sacredness of human life, from conception until natural death, as the fundamental basis for all human rights”.

Labour DLP is the original Australian Labour Party that split from the communist-infiltrated ALP in 1955. In a 1960 case between the DLP and the ALP, the Supreme Court of Victoria ruled that the Democratic Labour Party was the legitimate Labour party.

Labour DLP is a real labour party for workers, unlike the ALP, which is union controlled and panders to minority groups and extreme green ideology.

Labour DLP policies are formed after asking three questions:

Is it good for the family?
Is it good for the worker?
Is it good for the community?

Labour DLP will stand in all upper-house regions and numerous lower-house seats in the Victorian election. In lower-house seats, Labour DLP is directing preferences to the parties most closely aligned to Labour DLP values, namely the Liberals and Nationals.

The Labour DLP website can be seen at: http://www.dlp.org.au

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