Australia needs a Development Bank

Infrastructure has been one of the most hotly disputed topics in previous Federal and State elections. Both major parties have been desperately competing to win the public with their infrastructure policies. It’s fair to say that the approach of both parties has been a bit like “whatever you can do, I can do better”.

The DLP has long supported the idea of Development Banks (State and Federal) to drive long-term investment such as that needed for infrastructure. This policy stance stems from the DLP objective to “establish the economic foundations for a self-reliant and secure Australia.”

Such a bank will greatly relieve budgetary restraints. It would be Australian owned and operated, external to the Treasury and ongoing budget requirements.

 

In short, a State Development Bank will:finance

  • Build ongoing revenue for infrastructure, regional development and other long-term projects
  • Engage in and benefit from its long-term projects
  • Have a positive development and stabilising effect on the Federal and State economies
  • Relieve state budgetary restraints
  • Encourage innovation
  • Not interfere with private banking, but rather free up funds used by government for infrastructure borrowing
  • Eliminate or reduce the need for governments to seek funding in foreign markets
  • Potentially buy into selected industries to protect Australia’s economic sovereignty

 

The finance market is bound to have a shortage of long-term capital, as savers typically look for more short-term, “liquid” investments which results in inadequate investment in sectors with potential for long-term growth. Infrastructure is a key example, as it requires long-term investment and is a prerequisite for and a facilitator of growth in other sectors.

A Development Bank would use its funds to finance public and private enterprises, mostly for infrastructure and long-term investment, but also for regional development and capital for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Unlike investment banks, a development bank would give priority to the financing of projects that yield substantial social and environmental as well as economic benefits. Before financing projects, while requiring a minimum financial rate of return, a development bank would also make economic, social and environmental appraisals of those projects.

Federal and State-owned banks such as the one proposed here should not be compared to commercial banks and judged on their profitability, but judged on the basis of their development and stabilising effect.

The DLP’s aim to build strong, self-sustaining Federal and State economies draws on the successful German experience.

Germany represents an example of an advanced, high-wage economy with generous conditions for workers being able to run a profitable manufacturing sector.  

Basically the German approach is:

  • Commitment to high-end manufacturing;
  • Reputation for quality and prestige;
  • Flexibility and productivity in the workplace that allows for good wages without sacrificing competitive advantage;
  • Integrated educational and training approach to maintain a supply of well trained employees in all areas of the business and service industries;
  • Adoption of the Mittelstand approach, where vast numbers of SMEs, many based on cooperative principles, provide a shock absorber during lean times.

 

The DLP remains committed to the establishment of Federal and State Development Banks to ensure the long term security of Australia’s economy.

Parliamentary Statement on the DLP seat of Western Metropolitan

Members are aware of the unethical behaviour of Cory Bernardi and Rachel Carling-Jenkins when they conspired to take the legislative council seat of Western Metropolitan to which the DLP had been elected by the voters of that region.

The state executive has contacted the Governor of Victoria and the President of the Legislative Council and advised that we consider the defection of Rachel Carling-Jenkins to have caused a casual vacancy. We requested that a joint session of parliament be called at which the seat could be filled by a DLP nominee. 

In response, the Governor referred the executive to the President of the Legislative Council. The President responded to the request of the state executive and advised that he considered that under the circumstances there was no casual vacancy and as such a joint session of parliament would not be called.

On Tuesday 22nd August 2017 the President, the Hon Bruce Atkinson, made the following statement to the Legislative Council.

“I just want to make another shorter statement to the house to clarify another matter — that is, a member changing party or affiliation and casual vacancies. As the house has been advised, Dr Carling-Jenkins has changed parties. She was elected as a member of the DLP and has now joined the Australian Conservatives. The DLP sought advice from me, and indeed from the Governor, as to whether or not Dr Carling-Jenkins was entitled to continue as a member of this place or whether they were able to seek to nominate a new member of Parliament, given that she had been elected as a member of the party on the occasion of the last state election. So I make the following statement. 

As this house will be aware, one of its members has recently changed their party affiliation. The house has also experienced on a number of occasions the resignation of a Council member leading to a casual vacancy. It is important that I take this opportunity to remind the house of the distinction between these two actions and certain requirements under the Constitution Act 1975 when a Council member’s seat becomes vacant. 

Firstly, the action of a member resigning from one political party and joining another party does not cause their seat to become vacant. The member may have changed their political party but importantly they have not resigned as a member of the Council, and as such no vacancy would exist. This is consistent with various changes in elected members’ party affiliations throughout Australian Parliaments in the past, including this one. Further, individual candidates, not political parties, are elected to seats in the Council and sworn in as members. 

The Constitution Act outlines various circumstances in which a Council member’s seat becomes vacant, such as a resignation. Section 30 of the Constitution Act 1975 states: ‘A member may resign his or her seat by a letter addressed to the Governor and on its receipt by the Governor the seat of such member shall become vacant’. It is upon receipt of such advice from the Governor that this house proceeds to fill a casual vacancy through a joint sitting. 

However, section 27A of the Constitution Act states that if a casual vacancy occurs, it is filled in a joint sitting by nomination of the registered political party that endorsed the member as a candidate at the previous election. In other words, if a member changes party affiliations mid-term and subsequently resigns, the political party that originally endorsed the candidate at the state election will be required to nominate a replacement. 

I think that is probably an understood position. It might not just be a resignation of course; they might go to God”.

Members are naturally disappointed by this outcome but should be encouraged by the fact that since the defection of Rachel Carling-Jenkins the party has gained more members than it has lost. 

We will continue to pursue the election of ethical and principled members of parliament and expect to win back the seat of Western Metropolitan, and others, at the next state election.

I would personally like to extend my thanks to all those members who have contacted me with their words of support as well as their financial support for the future of the party.

In unity

Stephen Campbell

Victorian State Secretary

Australian Conservatives poach DLP seat

The DLP state seat of Western Metropolitan, occupied by Rachel Carling-Jenkins, has been poached by Cory Bernardi and the Australian Conservatives.

 

Neither Bernardi nor any member of his party have made any contact with the state or federal executives of the DLP. We were recently made aware that Rachel and Cory Bernardi have been ‘in discussion’ for some time but her decision to leave and take the DLP seat with her was only advised on Saturday evening.

The party naturally expects Rachel to vacate the seat to allow the DLP to continue representing the people of Western Metropolitan as per their intention when they voted for the DLP at the last state election.

While the DLP has no way of removing Rachel from the seat we call upon her to do the right thing and step aside. Rachel has every right to leave the DLP to join the Australian Conservatives and to stand for them at the next election. However, what we do not accept is her intention to take a DLP seat to a party that has never stood for election in Victoria and is not even registered.

The DLP acknowledges that Rachel has been an outstanding Member of Parliament and to date has carried out her role as a DLP representative with dignity and integrity. The friendship and support offered and shared with her by the party and its members has been a uniting factor after a previously troubled time. We will always be grateful for Rachel’s time with us, though clearly, we are disappointed to see it end in this manner.

We are the pro-family party and here’s the proof

Both the Liberal Party and the ALP talk about being pro-family but the simple fact is that they are not.

They give nothing but lip service to the importance of the family.

Whether it be their leaders marching in the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras, professing their support for same-sex marriage, doing nothing to make changes to the income tax system to allow a parent to stay at home, or standing idly by and letting our children be indoctrinated in our schools with Marxist and anti-family propaganda, both the Libs and the ALP are not fair dinkum about supporting the traditional family.

The Democratic Labour Party, on the other hand, has always been pro-family and we have policies that recognise the family as the foundation of our civil society.

Using the income tax system to allow for stay-at-home parents

Courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Liberals and the ALP have done nothing to use the tax system to promote the ability for families to have one parent stay at home, not have to work and instead devote their energies to raising a family.

The DLP will introduce income tax splitting to allow the income of the working parent to be split with the stay-at-home parent for tax purposes, thereby giving them more after-tax income and removing the need for both parents to work.

Only the Democratic Labour Party is committed to changing the way the tax system unfairly and inequitably penalises families.

Maintaining the institution of traditional marriage

The Democratic Labour Party will defend and stand up for the institution of marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman. Only the DLP will make sure that the Marriage Act remains unchanged.

Protecting family values

The ALP, Greens and many Liberals support the Safe Schools program which is being used by socially radical groups as a way to indoctrinate our children into accepting ideologies and causes that are controversial and simply anti-family.

It’s not a matter of parents having a right to withdraw their child from classes dealing with such matters. Children should simply not be indoctrinated with radical social re-engineering in the first place.

The Democratic Labour Party will scrap the Safe Schools program and ensure that our schools are never again used as a platform for social engineering designed to denigrate those institutions which put the family at the centre of our society.

Instead, the DLP will promote proven anti-bullying programs that will not be used as a means to indoctrinate radical social ideology, and which will teach our children emotional intelligence, such as the RULER Program from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

 

A tribute to Mr Stephen Smith

stephen-smithIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of Mr Stephen Smith of Melbourne.

Mr Smith passed away on Wednesday 23 November, aged 51 years.

A DLP member until his death, Mr Smith was active in student politics in his youth and went on to become a senior lecturer in accounting at Monash University.

Mr Smith was one of the DLP’s best performing candidates in the 2010 Victorian State Election, winning 3.5% of the vote for the seat of Ivanhoe. 

Mr Smith leaves his lovely wife Pamela, and their six children Maria, Christiane, Patrick, Tamsin and Petria. To his whole family, the DLP offers our sincerest condolences. 

Thanks Steve for being such a great guy – you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

Motion to scrap Safe Schools in Victoria divides Parliament ’18-all’

education2On Wednesday 26 October, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins brought a motion before the upper house of the Victorian parliament, calling on the government to withdraw the Safe Schools program from schools and to conduct a review of the program which would take into account the views of parents. This was the first motion of its type in any Australian parliament. 

In speaking to this motion, Dr Carling-Jenkins drew attention to a number of issues about Safe Schools that have caused a high degree of concern among parents and experts in the fields of paediatrics, education and child protection. 

From the outset, Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP have maintained that the bullying of any child, for any reason, is undesirable and unacceptable. Indeed, our children deserve the very best educational programs we can give them. 

Safe Schools is ideological and less about bullying than furthering the political and social agendas of the LGBTI movement to which it is intimately connected. Instead of being indoctrinated with such theories and agendas, our children deserve a program that builds their emotional intelligence and eradicates all forms of bullying, without controversy, without confusion, without causing concern to parents and without ideological bias. 

Click here to view Rachel’s speech 

Disappointingly, the government’s first speaker on the motion spoke beyond the negotiated time-slots, which prevented other members from contributing on the day. The debate would have been all the poorer for it, but thankfully the coalition and crossbench parties made extra time for debate to be resumed during general business on Wednesday 9 November. 

Click here to view Rachel’s ‘right of reply’ at the conclusion of debate 

The motion divided the house at 18 for and 18 against, which unfortunately meant the motion was defeated. However, the debate allowed many of the issues regarding the Safe Schools program to be brought to light, and it has generated a great deal of momentum within the community. 

Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP would like to thank everyone who has voiced their concerns about this issue, and everyone who has signed a petition against the program. Now is not the time to give up but to keep pressing forward. 

The fight continues.

2016 March for the Babies shows growing Support for Prolife Cause

Thousands flocked to the steps of Parliament on Saturday to protest Victoria’s abortion laws, mourn the many lives lost, and advocate for a culture of life that provides women with real choice and real support.

It was encouraging to see people of all ages and backgrounds at the March for the Babies – a testament to the breadth of the pro-life cause. This year’s theme was ‘life equality’.

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins took the opportunity to announce the new pro-life political movement called Move to Change (formerly the 20 Week Movement) which has started up in Victoria. The formal launch for this movement will be at the Gala dinner on the 25th February 2017.

Move to Change is designed solely to advance pro-life legislation – we must move to change abortion laws, and move to change the make-up of parliament to introduce more pro-life MPs into our parliament. More information on this movement can be found when the website launches in the near future at www.movetochange.org.au

MFTB has been taking place at the same time every year since 2008, when Victoria legalised abortion up to birth and took away our health professionals’ fundamental right to conscience.

Watch Rachel’s address to the crowd:

Dr Carling-Jenkins to present at Cherish Life Annual Dinner

rachel-in-chamber2DLP member in the Victorian Parliament Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins will be presenting at the Cherish Life Annual Dinner on Thursday 20 October, in Brisbane.

Cherish Life president Julie Borger invites you to a night of inspiration and celebration as we step back for a moment from our current battles with the Pyne Bills. It is a time for the pro-life community to come together, hear inspirational speakers and support life among great company.

International author and speaker Kay Painter will speak on the effects of abortion and the opportunity for recovery.

If you would like to sit at the DLP table, please book at https://www.trybooking.com/NAOC and contact Terri Bell at qldsec@dlp.org.au or 0498 681 339.

Details

Date: Thursday 20 October
Venue: Fairways Room, Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Road, Indooroopilly.
Time: 6:45pm arrival for 7:15pm start
Cost: Adult $100, Students 13 years & up $75, Children 3-12 years $40.

Cherish Life website: www.cherishlife.org.au

2016 Victorian DLP State Conference

The 2016 Victorian DLP State Conference will take place on Saturday, 13 August, starting at 9:30am sharp, in the Phyllis Hore Room at the Kew Library.

Special guest speaker (Agenda item no. 16): Paul Russell, Director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide, will present on looming euthanasia legislation in Victoria.

Members who are not delegates are entitled to attend as observers and to participate in the Question and Answer session to be held prior to General Business.

Download Conference Agenda

Parking:
Ample parking is available on site.

Public Transport:
The library is easily accessible by public transport, with the 109 tram on Cotham Rd (stop no. 35). The 16 tram (Kew bound) can be accessed on Glenferrie Rd from Glenferrie train station, and it travels north to the T intersection with Cotham Rd, which is a 5 minute walk to the library.

 

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DLP Conference Map

Bailey Branch Established

The Victorian State branch continues to develop with the formal establishment of the 5th of 12 local branches.
The State Executive is pleased to announce that the members of the Lalor, Gorton, Maribyrnong and Gellibrand electorates met in Werribee on 28th July and established the Bailey branch. The branch is named after Albert ‘Bert’ Bailey, DLP member of the Legislative Council for Western Melbourne until 1958.
The Bailey branch is included in the Western Metropolitan region held for the DLP by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. The branch executive hopes to start a membership drive and ongoing social activities within the next few months.
The next branch to be formed will be branch 11 which consists of the Wannon, Mallee, Murray electorates. It will be formed at a meeting in Warrnambool on Thursday 11th August, 2016. Due to the size of the branch most members cannot be expected to attend in person. Therefore members will be able to participate through a phone conference system being established by the State Executive.