The DLP stands by Aussie farmers

The DLP has the policy model needed to revitalize and enshrine the future viability of our food production industry. 

 

The DLP’s policy for the citrus industry is as follows:

 

We will put an immediate ban on Brazilian concentrate.

We will also put a ban on any product coming from any nation that uses levels of chemical or any chemical that is disallowed in our own Australian production. E.g Endosulphans etc.

To reverse the current situation of anti-dumping laws, the onus of proof should be placed upon the overseas supplier/nation to prove that they are not dumping.

In the case of juice , there will have to be a minimum of 30% Australian product. This applies to the raw material. It does not extend to enable the incorporation of packaging etc.

There should be truth in labeling laws. This will go to the accurate stating of origin vs packaging etc.

Company tax will be paid on 50% of all capital and equipment purchases for the next 5 years. This effectively reduces the company tax to half for this portion of the liability.

Company tax will be deferred for 12 months which will restore a positive cash flow for the industry .

Selective tariffs will be introduced to protect the industry from overseas predatory behavior. This will be introduced with consultation with the grower bodies.

We will look at including up line sections of the industry to be included in this policy to enable the full benefit to the entire sector.

Stop selling off our country

Year after year, more and more Australian land is being sold off to foreign owners.

Not only are we losing ownership over our land, but the economic prosperity that eventuates goes overseas too.

Take the Ord River for example. It’s 320 kilometres long, situated in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In the late 1930s, work began on a massive irrigation project, which included the construction of Australia’s largest artificial lake by volume, Lake Argyle, in 1971.

The Ord River project has the potential to be a major agriculture precinct, with its proximity to Kunanurra and Wyndham providing access to airport and port facilities respectively.

By 2009 more than 60 different crops were being grown in the Ord catchment area, and the Rudd Government and WA Premier Colin Barnett announced a development plan for the area, with plans to develop the community and infrastructure including upgrading Kununurra Airport and the port at Wyndham.

What happens next is very sad indeed. Just late last year, Chinese company Shanghai Zhongfu won the bid for 15,000 hectares of prized Ord River agricultural land.

So now the Chinese will come in, grow food and ship it back to their country. Obviously, there is no problem with China feeding it’s people. But why don’t we have an Australian owned agricultural company exporting to China instead?

That’s 150 million square metres of prime agricultural land that Australia no longer owns. And another lost opportunity to grow exports and strengthen our economy.

But it’s not just in the north.

In Australia’s south-western Wheatbelt region, the Chinese are buying up land there too.

Heilongjiang Feng Agricultural is said to want to buy and lease over 100,000 hectares to grow grain for export to China, according to a report in The West Australian in November last year.

The company already spent over $52 million acquiring farmland in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions in October-November last year.

Farmers in the eastern states will tell you the same story, of foreign companies buying up prime agricultural land in those areas too.

How is Australia ever going to grow, flourish, and develop if our leaders can’t do much more but sell off our country?

This brings me the the Democratic Labour Party’s policy on foreign ownership. The DLP believes that:

“no majority foreign owned entity or individual may own more than 2 hectares of Australian land”

It may sound extreme. But it’s a policy Australia desperately needs.

Oh, and if you thought it’s just prime agricultural land being bought up, you’re wrong. More and more residential property is being bought by overseas investors, making it harder for Australians to own their first home…

You can read the DLP’s statement on foreign ownership here. 

 

 

By Vince Stefano

Small business policies by small business people

The DLP is the party of small business people. Senator John Madigan has over 25 years experience operating a small business. Federal Secretary and Victorian senate candidate Mark Farrell has over 16 years experience. Indeed, they are exemplary of the bulk of the Party’s membership. It is within the context of first-hand experience in small business that has lead to the formulation of the DLP’s small business policy.

The DLP believes that big business and government trading terms for the supply of goods and services by a small business should be no longer than 30 days standard trade.

Too often, small businesses are ripped off by big business. One common example is when a big business unfairly delays payment to a small business which has provided goods and/or services. This is one of the biggest obstacles small businesses face when trying to improve cash flow, which is crucial for survival and investment. DLP members have experienced this problem first-hand, so they have formulated a policy solution.

Click here to view the DLP’s small business policy

We must back our students

The formation of undergraduate students is a time of utmost importance for both the students and the future of the nation. The DLP believes that certain changes must be made to the  Social Security Act 1991 to ensure equitable access to university education and to increase the quality of life for our students.

These changes include:

  • Raising the level of student income support payments to the Henderson poverty line
  • Increasing the parental means test threshold to the level of Average Weekly Earnings
  • Lowering the age of independence from 22 to 18
  • Reintroducing Centrelink counters at university campuses

 

Currently, student income support payments are at less that 70% of the Henderson poverty line. This is a shameful way of treating our nation’s future.

Lowering the age of independence to 18 will make means testing fairer – there are many students under the age of 22 who are financially independent because their parents cannot afford the costs incurred by tertiary education.

Having Centrelink counters at university campuses will be of immense benefit to students who are often tied to tight weekly schedules, as well as cut the waiting queues at Centrelink offices.

 

The DLP also believes in retaining Start Up Scholarships, as these play an important role in easing the burden of costs that students are faced with at the start of each semester.

 

Our students deserve a fair go. The best investment any government can make is in the future of its nation.

 

Click here to view our full Students Policy

Government funded sports insurance for amateur sports people

The DLP believes that the Federal Government should cover the sports insurance costs for all amateur sport participants.

 

Such a scheme will make participation in high level amateur sport more affordable and should increase the participation rate among lower income families.

Greater involvement in sport helps break down political, racial and social economic barriers. It helps people live healthy lifestyles as well as building the community.

Covering the costs of sports insurance may only be a small move but its positive effect would be huge.

 

Click here to view our full Sports Policy

 

 

The DLP proposes government funded superannuation for full time primary carers

The DLP believes that the government should fund superannuation contributions for full time primary carers.

There are approximately 771,000 full time primary carers in Australia.  These primary carers have taken on the role of providing full time care for an elderly parent or a mentally or physically disabled child.

However, their role as a Full Time Carer prevents them from obtaining full time employment and receiving compulsory superannuation payments available to employees.  Because of this, most will reach retirement age with little or no means of financial support.

As these Carers provide a major contribution to society and a massive saving to Government expenditure, they are entitled to receive a government funded contribution based on 9% of average weekly earnings.

Click here to view our full Superannuation Policy