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THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS

1990 CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

BY

JANINE HAINES

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT$

THE AUSSIE INN, HACKHAM

SOUTH AUSTZALIA

11 MARCH 1990

THIS IS AN HISTORIC ELECTION. HISTORIC, NOT ONLY BECAUSE THE ISSUES

FACING US ARE MORE SERIOUS THAN IN THE PAST, BUT HISTORIC BECAUSE, AT THIS ELECTION, THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FINALLY BREAK FREE OF THE TWO-PARTY STRANGLEHOLD THAT HAS GRIPPED THIS COUNTRY IN ITS DEADENING GRAS' THROUGH DECADE AFTER DECADE OF INSIPID LABOR

AND LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS.

ON MARCH 24, THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS WILL POLL MORE VOTES THAN ANY THIRD PARTY EVER HAS IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. AFTER MARCH 24TH, THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE MORE SENATORS IN PARLIAMENT THAN EVER BEFORE. WE WILL HAVE A CLUTCH OF NEW SENATORS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOT BAD FOR A PARTY THEY TRIED TO WRITE

OFF AS DEAD AND BURIED A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.

FURTHERMORE, I CONFIDENTLY: PREDICT THAT AFTER MARCH 24TH I WILL BE THE NEW MEMBER FOR KINGSTON AND WE WILL HAVE BROKEN INTO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND BROKEN THE BACK OF THE OLD TWO PARTY SYSTEM FOR EVER.

AND I'M CONFIDENT I WON'T BE ALONE.

THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE GAMES BEING PLAYED BY MR. HAWKE AND Nt. PEACOCK AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE FOOLED AGAIN. NEVER MIND THE MEGA-MEDIA LAUNCHES AND THE RAllLE DAllLE. THEY KNOW TF^IAT THE ECONOMIC SOLUTION PROPOSED BY BOTH THE OLD PARTIES HAS BEEN TRIED AND FAILED. .... THEY DON'T NEED J-CURVES OR 1 GRAPHS OR ECONOMIC DOUBLE-TALK TO TELL THEM WHAT THEY KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS ..... THE COUNTRY IS IN AN AWFUL MESS, AND

NEITHER OF THE OLD PARTIES HAS A CLUE WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

DE-REGULATION HASN T WO1^KED . PRIVATE SECTOR FOREIGN DEBT IS ASTRONOMICAL. OUR TRADE FIGURES ARE BAD BECAUSE WE EXPORT OUR RESOURCES IN A RAW RATHER THAN A VALUE ADDED STATE - AND WHAT

HAPPENS ?

FROM BOB HAWKE AND PAUL KEATING WE HEAR : "TAKE ANOTHER SPOONFUL OF NASTY. MEDICINE AND ALL WILL BE. WELL" AND FROM ANDREW PEACOCK AND JOHN HEWSON AND JOHN STONE WE HEAR " TAKE ANOTHER TWO SPOONFULS OF NASTY MEDICINE AND ALL WILL BE WELL."

WELL, I'M NOT CONVINCED, AND I'M NOT INSPIRED BY THAT.

NEITHER ARE MY COLLEAGUES AND NEITHER ARE OUR FELLOW AUSTRALIANS, THE ELECTORATE IS DEMANDING MORE FROM ITS POLITICIANS. THEY ARE SAYING WITH UNMISTAKABLE CLARITY THAT THEY EXPECT A SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER PERFORMANCE FROM THOSE WHO WOULD LEAD THIS NATION ... AND THEY ARE SIGNALLING WITH EQUAL CLARITY THAT NEITHER OF THE OLD

PARTIES HAS CONVINCED THEM THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DELIVERING IT.

THE LABOR AND LIBERAL PARTIES DO NOT HAVE A DIVINE RIGHT TO RULE AUSTRALIA, TURN AND TURN ABOUT, SIMPLY TO SATISFY THEIR OWN EGOS.

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CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT THE GREAT DEBATE.

YOU KNOW, AS TV IT WAS PRETTY DREADFUL, BORING STUFF. BUT THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT AS POLITICS IT WAS UNINSPIRING, UNORIGINAL AND LARGELY IRRELEVANT TO THE CONCERNS OF MOST AUSTRALIANS.'

I SPEAK NOW TO ALL AUSTRALIANS WHEN I SAY: "WE NEED A NEW WAY". WE NEED NEW IDEAS AND FRESH BLOOD. WE NEED OUR POLITICS PRESENTED TO US WITH HONESTY AND CLARITY ... NOT EVERYTHING WRAPPED IN PARAGRAPHS OF WAFFLE.

FIFTY CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRES ARE GREAT MR HAWKE, BUT RESEARCH WITHOUT DEVELOPMENT FUNDING IS USELESS. AND AUSTRALIA SPENDS LESS ON THIS THAN ANY OTHER COMPARABLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. SO PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE, FOR ONE THING, WE

PRESENT OUR NEW IDEAS SIMPLY, DIRECTLY, AND OPENLY. WE ARE BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO-- AUSTRALIA'S POLITICAL ATTITUDES AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.

WE ARE NO LONGER A "MINOR" PARTY. WE ARE BUILDING A NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENT, WHICH IS SHAKING THE ESTABLISHMENT TO THE CORE1

AS I TRAVEL AROUND, PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME WHAT WE WILL M WITH OUR ADDED INFLUENCE AFTER THE ELECTION. I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPELL OUT EXP.CTLY WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT; LfACTL,Y WHAT THE PRIORITIES ARE; SO THAT VOTERS KNOW BlACTLY WHAT THEY'LL

GET IF THEY VOTE DE$OCRAT 1.

WE WILL CONTINUE, AS WE HAVE FOR TWELVE YEARS, TO USE OUR INFLUENCE TO DEFEAT, OR IMPROVE BAD LEGISLATION THAT ANY GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO PUSH THROUGH THE PARLIAMENT AND SUPPORT GOOD LEGISLATION THAT BENEFITS YOU. IF THE ELECTORATE DENIM EITHER OF THE OTHER PARTIES A MAJORITY, AND PUTS US IN THE POSITION OF KEEPING A WATCH OVER

THEM, THEN THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE SHALL DO. WE WILL NOT HESITATE TO VOTE AGAINST BILLS THAT IN ALL CONSCIENCE WE BELIEVE TO BE AGAINST THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE. NOT TO DO THIS, SIMPLY TO AVOID CRITICISM FROM THE LEADERS OF THE OTHER

PARTIES OR THE MEDIA, WOULD BE TO BETRAY THE TRUST PLACED IN US BY THE ELECTORATE AND GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST. PEOPLE MAY NOT HAVE ALWAYS AGREED WITH EVERY DETAIL OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE, BUT THEY KNOW THAT WE HAVE WAYS ACTED IN THE BEST

INTERESTS OF -1 LL AUSTRALIANS AND NOT FOR THE VE5TED INTEREST OF SOME POWERFUL BUSINESSMAN OR UNION GROUP,

SO, WE WILL NOT SIT IDLY BY AND WATCH A COALITION GOVERNMENT ABOLISH CAPITAL GAINS TAX AND BY DOING SO REDIRECT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE POCKETS OF THE VER"._ RICH -- BECAUSE BE UNDER NO

MISAPPREHENSION - THAT WHAT THIS MOVE WILL DO. THE VAST

MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS WILL RECEIVE NO BENEFIT. YES, I WANT TO REDUCE AUSTRALIA'S TAX BURDEN. BUT LET'S START BY ATTACKING THE TAX BURDEN ON THE LOWEST EARNERS IN OUR SOCIETY, NOT THE HIGHEST1

AND NO, A DECISION LIKE THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE WILL BLOCK SUPPLY. ( THAT'S A LIBERAL TRICK AS I RECALL). BLOCKING SUPPLY

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MEANS REFUSING THE GOVERNMENT THE LEGAL POWERS TO SPEND MONEY ... THAT IS WHAT FRASER DID TO WHITLAM. THAT IS NOT THE SAME AS A MAJORITY IN EITHER HOUSE REFUSING TO PASS A BILL TO INCREASE TAXATION OR CUT PENSIONS, FOR EXAMPLE.

SO .. HAVING DISPOSED OF THAT, WHAT CAN THE DEMOCRATS SUGGEST TO POSITIVELY HELP THE ECONOMY? THE ANSWER IS A GREAT DEAL.

NOW, I DON'T WANT TO PROVIDE A LONG SHOPPING LIST OF PLEDGES FOR TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS, OR SIX HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS FOR THAT - ALL TO WIN OVER THE 6% OF VOTERS IN THE 30% OF MARGINAL SEATS IN AUSTRALIA.

OUR ROLE I$ DIFFERENT ... AND IT IS A VERY VITAL ROLE. IT IS TO PROD AND POKE AND PUSH THE OLD PARTIES INTO CONSIDERING NEW IDEAS.

NEW IDEAS LIKE TAX INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES, LARGE AND SMALL, WHICH ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEE SHAREHOLDINGS. THIS WOULD SPREAD REAL WEALTH AMONGST THE WORKFORCE, AND BOOST PRODUCTIVITY AND JOB SATISFACTION. IF YOU OWN A PIECE OF THE COMPANY YOU WORK FOR T YOU WILL WORK HARDER AND BE MORE COMMITTED BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE YEAR YOU WILL HOPEFULLY SEE A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR LABOUR IN A DIVIDEND ON

YOUR SHARES - AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN MORE SHARES. THE RESULT WILL BE INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY. THIS SIMPLE CHANGE IN OUR INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE HAS BEEN TRIED IN COUNTLESS COUNTRIES OVERSEAS WITH GREAT SUCCESS. SO WHY, FOR GOODNESS SAKE, DO WE HEAR

VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT IT FROM LABOR OR THE LIBERALS? LOWER TAXES FOR COMPAiIES WHO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEE SHAREHOLDINGS - IT SEEMS SIMPLE ENOUGH.

WE SHOULD PROVIDE TAX REBATES TO HOME OWNERS TO OFFSET THE COST OF HIGH HOME MORTGAGE RATES, AND TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BUY THEIR OWN HOME. THIS WILL STIMULATE DEMAND IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY1 INCREASE JOBS, AND BE OF ENORMOUS . BENEFIT TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN

HIT HARDEST AND MOST UNFAIRLY BY CRUSHING INTEREST RATES.

AND WE SHOULD, AS MANY COUNTRIES 00, ALLOW A PORTION OF PEOPLE'S SAVINGS -- SAY THE FIRST $1,000 OF INTEREST EARNED - TO BE FREE FROM TAX. WHAT IS THE POINT OF SAVING IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE HALF OF IT IN TAX? NO WONDER OUR BANKS HAVE NO HONEY TO LEND TO FAMILIES FOR HOMES, INSTEAD THEY PUSH INTEREST RATES SO HIGH THAT ONLY THE MOST WEALTHY CAN AFFORD TO TAKE OUT NEW LOANS. WE MUST CREATE AN

INCENTIVE TO SAVE INSIDE AUSTRALIA AND SO HELP BRING INTEREST RATES DOWN, WE HAVE NO CHOICE.

WELL, WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY, IN AUSTRALIA, THE FINANCIERS AND BANKERS GAMBLE FORTY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS ON THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET. FORTY SEVEN BILLION. IT SEEMS INCREDIBLE, DOESN'T IT? DO YOU KNOW, A TAX OF ONE CENT ON EVERY HUNDRED DOLLARS WOULD YIELD $1.6 BILLION ANNUALLY? THE MONEY

SHOULD BE USED FOR INVESTMENT IN SMALL BUSINESSES, RURAL PRODUCTION, AND VALUE ADDED MANUFACTURING - AND GO TOWARDS PAYING

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FOR THE PREVIOUS ITEMS I MENTIONED. AND AS ANOTHER IMMEDIATE STEP, WE MUST ESTABLISH A REGISTER OF FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN ASSETS. IT REALLY IS ABOUT TIME WE FOUND OUT WHO OWNS WHAT1 I

WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE REALISE THAT THE LIBERALS WOULD ABOLISH THE FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD AND ABOLISH MOST CONTROLS ON FOREIGN OWNERSHIPI

THIS IS NOT TO BE MISCONSTRUED AS RACISM, MIGRANTS IN AUSTRALIA HAVE CONTRIBUTED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT TO THIS COUNTRY FOR OVER A CENTURY. WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR IMMIGRATION POLICY CONTAINS NO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND IS CONCERNED PRIMARILY WITH FAMILY

REUNION AND REFUGEE INTAKE SCHEMES FOLLOWED BY APPROPRIATE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE FUNDING AND BETTER RECOGNITION AND USE OF THE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS THEY BRING WITH THEM.

WE DESPERATELY NEED APPROPRIATE INCENTIVES AND ASSISTANCE FOR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS TO DEVELOP NEW EXPORT MARKETS. SIMILARLY, FUNDS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE INGENUITY AND HARD WORK OF

AUSTRALIAN ENTREPRENEURS AND SCIENTISTS WHO DEVELOP NEW AND VALUABLE IDEAS - LIKE CSIRO'S NEW FUEL CELLS BUT THE REALITY OF AUSTRALIA TODAY IS THAT WE ARE MOVING AWAY FROM THESE IDEAS. AUSTRALIA SPENDS LESS ON RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AS A PERCENTAGE OF GDP THAN ANY OTHER COMPARABLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. NO WONDER WE'RE FALLING BEHIND. AND THE LABOR PARTY HAS JUST CUT THE

EXISTING EXPORT ASSISTANCE SCHEME. HARDLY SURPRISING, THEN, THAT WE LOSE GOOD IDEAS AND PEOPLE TO OVERSEAS ALL THE TIME.

AND SPEAKING OF PEOF^LE, I'VE HEARD PRECIOUS LITTLE IN THIS ELECTION ABOUT THE SLIGHT OF THE AGED IN OUR SOCIETY. OH YES, THERE HAVE BEEN THE USUAL PLATITUDES, BUT PRECIOUS LITTLE CONCRETE HELP.

HOW UNFAIR IT IS TO PLUNGE AGED PEOPLE INTO POVERTY ON THEIR RETIREMENT, WHEN THEY HAVE WORKED FOR AUSTRALIA ALL THEIR LIVES.

THE AGED PENSION MUST BE INCREASED TO 30% OF AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS...WITH A GOAL TO DO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THAT PENSIONERS GIVE TO THE AGED ESTEEM IN THEIR R HEALTH BENEFIT

RATHER THAN THE

AND WHY ARE WE SO MEAN ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN EARN BEFORE THEIR PENSION IS REDUCED? WE MUST A SENSE OF THEIR OWN INDEPENDENCE AND SELF RETIREMENT ... SO WHY NOT MAKE THE PENSIONE AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE INCOME

SOURCE?

AND SPEAKING OF SELF ESTEEM WE CAN EXPAND EMPLOYMENT IN OUR COUNTRY( AND MAKE MAJOR INROADS INTO THE SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES THAT WE FACE, BY INCREASING THE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR THE DISABLED, THE ELDERLY, AND YOUNG PEOPLE •1.. BY DEVELOPING ENERGY CONSERVATION AND

RECYCLING SCHEMES ... AND BY TACKLING MANY OF THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN BOTH OUR CITIES AND OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. THE COST OF PROVIDING THESE SERVICES IS MORE THAN OUTWEIGHED BY THE SAVINGS ON CRISIS-CARE EXPENDITURE. I BELIEVE THE VAST MAJORITY OF UNEMPLOYED

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PEOPLE WANT TO WORK, AND WOULD WORK IF THEY WERE OFFERED WORTHWHILE WORK TO DOr A FAIR SALARY, AND A FUTURE CAREER STRUCTURE.

IN OTHER WORDS, LET US REDIRECT THE TALENTS AND THE ACTIVITY OF OUR UNEMPLOYED INTO THE AREAS OF GREATEST SOCIAL NEED.

YES, A FEW YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD RATHER LIE ABOUT ON THE BEACH, BUT NOT MOST OF THEM. WE SHOULD BE ENABLING YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE A LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. WE SHOULD EXPAND RATHER THAN REDUCE OUR TRAINING PROVISIONS AND ENCOURAGE JOB SHARING.

IN THE FACE OF SO MUCH NEEDING TO BE DONE, WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT RUN A $9 BILLION SURPLUS, WHEN DIRECTED WORTHWHILE EXPENDITURE COULD STIMULATE REAL GROWTH AND ENTERPRISE AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL? WHY ARE WE SPENDING ANOTHER $12 BILLION ON SERVICING OUR PRIVATE

SECTOR OVERSEAS DEBT, SIMPLY IN PAYING BACK INTEREST, WHEN THAT MONEY COULD BE INVESTED IN WORK AND WEALTH CREATION INSIDE AUSTRALIA? AND HOW MUCH OF THAT $12 BILLION DIDN'T GO ON PLANT OR INDUSTRY, BUT WENT INSTEAD ON THE GRANDIOSE TAKE-OVER SCHEMES OF A

HANDFUL OF ROBBER BARONS, THE WORST TYPE OF BUSINESS FOOL, WHO NEVER LEARNT THAT YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PAY BACK THE MONEY YOU BORROW OR YOU SIMPLY DON'T BORROW IT. WHY SHOULD ORDINARY PEOPLE BE STARVED OF CASH IN THE ECONOMY AND CRUSHED BY HIGH INTEREST

RATES TO PAY FOR THE MISTAKES, THE STUPIDITY, AND IN MANY CASES, THE SHEER UNPRODUCTIVE SPECULATION OF GIANT CORPORATIONS?

WHICH BRINGS ME TO,INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS. THE COALITION WOULD TURN OUR INDUSTRIES INTO A FREE-FOR-ALL BATTLEFIELD. YES, WE BACK ENTERPRISE $BARGAINING .. BUT WE MUST KEEP THE SAFETY NET OF THE

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION TO STOP ENTERPRISE BARGAINING DEGENERATING INTO CHAOS.

AND A BRIEF WORD ON ROADS. QUITE RIGHTLY, THE APPALLING STATE OF OUR ROADS HAS BECOME A MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION.

OF COURSE MORE NEEDS TO BE SPENT ON ROADS. THE DEMOCRATS WANT MORE OF OUR PETROL TAXES USED TO BUILD UP THIS VITAL PART OF OUR ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE - AND TO MAKE THE ROADS SAFE FOR DRIVERSI

BUT WE MUSTN'T STOP THERE. WE MUST STOP CLOSING DOWN AND FULLING UP RAILWAY LINES. WE NEED A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PROVIDE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF TRANSPORT - LETS GET MORE AND MORE TRUCKS AND BUSES OFF THE ROADS, IT WOULD SAVE LIVES AND BE

BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

AND TALKING ABOUT SAVING LIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, LET'S CONSIDER FOREIGN AID FOR A MOMENT. CHARITY MIGHT BEGIN AT HOME, BUT IT SHOULDN'T END THERE. AUSTRALIA'S LOW LEVELS OF FOREIGN AID MAKE A MOCKERY OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD AND MUST BE INCREASED.

NOW I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO DISMISS THE COMMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT CONCERNING THE FUNDING OF OUR SUGGESTIONS. LET-US BE ABSOLUTELY CRYSTAL CLEAR. LET NO ONE BE IN THE SLIGHTEST

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DOUBT. THE GOVERNMENT'S FIGURES ARE WRONG . THEY HAVE UNDER-ESTIMATED ... OR SIMPLY IGNORED ... THE YIELD OF KEY DEMOCRAT REVENUE RAISING MEASURES BY BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

THIS IS A TYPICAL POLITICAL 'SNOW JOB' ... THE SORT OF DIRTY POLITICS THAT SO MANY AUSTRALIANS REJECT TOTALLY. ALL I CAN SAY TO SENATOR WALSH IS ... WRONG, SENATOR, WRONG.

THEY CAN'T BEAT US ON THE ARGUMENTS, SO THEY BEND THE FACTS. NO WONDER NO ONE TRUSTS A POLITICIAN.

THERE IS MUCH MORE I COULD SAY ON THE ECONOMY. BUT OTHER ISSUES ARE JUST AS VITAL, AND ONE OF THOSE IS THE ENVIRONMENT.

ISN'T IT FASCINATING HOW EVERYONE IS SUDDENLY A GREENIE?

OF COURSE, I WELCOME THE OLD PARTIES TO THE FIGHT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAGING NOW FOR TWELVE YEARS. BUT YOU'LL PARDON ME IF I SEEM A LITTLE CYNICAL AT SOME RECENT POLITICAL CONVERSIONS TO THE CAUSE OF CONSERVATION!

I WANT TO RECALL WITH YOU SOME OF THE MAJOR SUCCESSES OF THE DEMOCRATS IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. THE FIRST BILL TO SAVE THE FRANKLIN WAS A DEMOCRAT BILL, THE FIRST BILL TO BAN ALL OZONE

DEPLETING SUBSTANCES BY 1995 WAS A DEMOCRAT BILL. THE BILL TO TAKE SALES TAX OFF RECYCLED PAPER WAS A DEMOCRAT BILL. IT WAS THE DEMOCRATS WHO WERE , ;LEADING THE RIGHT TO BEAT SALINITY AND SOIL DEGRADATION BACK IN 1`HE LATE NINETEEN SEVENTIES.

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THIS RECORD HAS BEEN RECOGNISED IN THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

WILDERNESS SOCIETY AND THE AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION, THAT YOU VOTE DEMOCRAT BEFORE EITHER OF THE OTHER MAJOR PARTIES. WE HAVE AS ONE Or OUR TOP PRIORITIES THE NEED TO INTEGRATE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL DECISION-MAKING IN CANBERRA. WE CAN NO LONGER TREAT THE PLANET AS IF IT IS OUR PRIVATE PLAY-PEN, RUNNING AROUND LIKE A LOT OF NAUGHTY CHILDREN, POLLUTING CARELESSLY AS WE GO, SIMPLY TO MAKE A DOLLAR.

TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL EXPLOITATION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES HAVE BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY AND OUR PLANET TO THE BRINK OF DISASTER. I HAVE NO PATIENCE WITH THOSE WHO SEEK TO PORTRAY ENVIRONMENTALISTS AS A BUNCH OF LONG-HAIRED WIEROOS WITH NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN PROTEST, AND NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES THEY

ARE MEDDLING IN. ON THE CONTRARY, CONCERN ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT NOW TRANSC1NDS ALL AGE GROUPS, ALL SOCIAL GROUPS, ALL ETHNIC GROUPS. I SALUTE THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAMPAIGN TIRELESSLY TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL FLORA AND FAUNA, AND TO PROTECT OUR EARTH AND OUR

OCEANS, AND I PROUDLY POSITION THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS AT THE HEART OF THIS EFFORT.

AND INCIDENTALLY - NO, WE ARE EMPHATICALLY NOT AGAINST PROGRESS. NOR ARE WE AGAINST GROWTH. BUT WE ARE PASSIONATELY COMMITTED TO MAKING ANY ECONOMIC GROWTH ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE, AND TO MEASURE SO-CALLED "PROGRESS" AGAINST ITS IMPACT ON YOUR ENVIRONMENT

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AND YOUR HEALTH. THIS SEEMS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO AS RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATORS. WE SIMPLY CANNOT ADD ANY MORE TO THE ECOLOGICAL BURDEN BEING CARRIED BY THE PLANET ... AND IT IS AGAINST THIS CRYSTAL CLEAR IDEAL THAT THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS WILL JUDGE ALL ECONOMIC DECISIONS IN THE NEXT PARLIAMENT.

THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOWT

LET ME TURN NOW TO HEALTH. UNFORTUNATELY THIS ELECTION HAS SEEN THE HEALTH DEBATE RESTRICTED TO A DEBATE ABOUT THE RELATIVE COSTINGS OF THE TWO OLD PARTIES' PROGRAMMES. ...

I THINK WE NEED TO GET BACK TO WHAT A HEALTH POLICY IS ALL ABOUT, NAMELY KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY AND PREVENTING THEM FROM GETTING SICK. THAT'S WHY I AM VERY PROUD THAT IT WAS THE DEMOCRATS WHO

PILOTED THROUGH PARLIAMENT THE PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL TO BAN TOBACCO ADVERTISING IN NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES FROM NEXT YEAR. THIS IS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION, PARTICULARLY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ACHIEVED. WE'VE IMPROVED THE WAY THAT MEDICARE WORKS, INCLUDING LIMITING THE COSTS OF MEDICAL HELP TO CHRONICALLY SICK PEOPLE ... IN OTHER WORDS, THOSE MOST IN

NEED.

WE'VE IMPROVED THE PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS REGULATIONS, SO THAT THE MINISTER MUST CONSULT THE PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS COMMITTEE BEFORE REMOVING ANY DRUG FROM THE 'FREE LIST'. WE'VE ACHIEVED TAX DEDUCTAB1LdT' FOR THE NURSING MOTHERS ASSOCIATION. WE'VE EXTENDED

THE CARER'S PENSION TO PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THAT MOST TRAGIC OF RECENT SITUATIONS, THOSE AFFLICTED WITH AIDS. AND WE'VE CAMPAIGNED UNRELENTINGLY ECK ADEQUATE HEALTH SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES, AND OTHER GROUPS THAT ARE DISADVANTAGED BY THE WAY THE

SYSTEM WORKS NOW.

THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT THE DEMOCRATS ADDRESS TIME AND TIME AGAIN ., WHO WOULD LOOK AFTER THESE ISSUES IF THE DEMOCRATS DID NOT HOLD THE INFLUENCE THEY DO IN PARLIAMENT?

AND ONE OTHER CAST IRON COMMITMENT. LET THERE BE NO MISUNDERSTANDING ... WHILE THE DEMOCRATS HOLD THE BALANCE OF POWER IN ONE OR BOTH OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE MEDICARE SYSTEM TO BE DISMANTLED — NOT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW,. NOT

EVER. NOT BY BOB HAWKE OR ANDREW PEACOCK OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS. THE MEDICARE SYSTEM IS HERE TO STAY WHILE WE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LONG PUBLIC HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS. CUTS IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO THE STATES AND

NEW HIGH TECH. PROCEDURES ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF THAT PROBLEMI

NOW, THE DIFFICULTY WITH A CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IS, OF COURSE, THAT ONE COULD TALK FOREVER. THOSE WHO SEEK TO PORTRAY OUR PARTY AS A SINGLE ISSUE GROUP WOULD DO WELL TO CONSIDER THIS DOCUMENT. ITS CALLED "PRINCIPLES FOR GOVERNMENT", AND TO THOSE WHO TRY AND KID

THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE BEREFT OF POLICIES AND IDEAS, I'D

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JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT IT RUNS TO TWENTY SEVEN CLOSE-TYPED A4 PAGES, AND THAT ONLY REPRESENTS A SELECTION OF OUR CURRENT POLICIES.

DOCUMENT TO ANY JOURNALIST V DEMOCRAT POLICIES AND OUR WAS LIGHT BEDTIME READING LIGHT EITHER! YOU CAN GET

AND THEY ARE IN THE PHONE

I WOULD COMMEND AN EVENING READING THIS OR VOTER WHO WANTS DETAILED BACKGROUND Q RECORD IN CANBERRA. I WOULDN'T SAY IT ... BUT THEN THE ISSUES AREN'T ALL THAT A COPY, FREE, FROM ANY DEMOCRAT OFFICE.

BOOK.

BUT BEFORE I DO SIT DOWN, I WANT TO TOUCH ON A TOPIC WHICH IS DEAR TO MY HEART PERSONALLY, AND THAT IS THE ROLE OF THE DEMOCRATS IN DEFENDING THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY.

WOMEN HAVE HAD A RAW DEAL IN AUSTRALIA, AND THAT GOES BACK MANY DECADES. MOST OF US HAVE TENDED TO JUST GET ON AND DO OUR BEST TO MAKE WORTHWHILE CAREERS AND LOOK AFTER A HOME AND CAMPAIGN FOR THE ISSUES WE BELIEVE IN AND STRUGGLE TO BE RESPECTED IN OUR OWN RIGHT,

BUT IT REALLY IS NOW TIME THAT WE TACKLE AS A SOCIETY SOME OF THE BASIC UNDERLYING PROBLEMS THAT WOMEN FACE.

WE NEED TO SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND COMMUNITY AND WORK-BASED CHILD CARE FACILITIES. WE NEED SUPPORT FOR PARENTS THAT IS PERTINENT TO THEIR NEEDS. LIKE EXPANDED RESPITE CARE FOR PARENTS OF DISABLED OR SICK CHILDREN, AND CARE OUTSIDE OF THE EIGHT AM TO SIX PM STRAIT-JACKET.

THOSE WHO MUST WORI'C BECAUSE OF THEIR ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES, OR WHO CHOOSE TO ORK TO USE THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS TO THE BENEFIT Or' THE WHOLE SOCIETY, MUST NOT BE FORCED TO STAY AT HOME BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE CHILD CARE. WE NEED MUCH MORE THAN A PIECEMEAL APPROACH

TO THIS PROBLEM, WE NEED A REVOLUTION IN ATTITUDES AND PROVISION. AND NO, MR PEACOCK, YOUR FAMILY POLICY IS NOT THE ANSWER.

ASSISTANCE BASED ON REBATES AND TAX DEDUCTIONS HELPS MOST THOSE ON HIGHEST INCOMES OR TWO INCOME FAMILIES. IT DOES NOT HELP THOSE IN MOST NEED. WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, PARTICULARLY IN SOME OF OUR POORER SUBURBS AND RURAL AREAS MUST BE EXPANDED AND WE NEED UNPAID WORK IN THE HOME TO BE VALUED ACCURATELY AND RECOGNISED FOR WHAT IT IS .. HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE, SUPPORTIVE, UNPAID LABOUR. INCLUDE IT IN GDP AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT IT1

AND AS ONE MORE QUICK EXAMPLE, WOULDN'T IT BE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IF, IN ADDITION TO INCREASED PROVISION FOR JOB-SHARING AND PART-TIME WORKING, WE FINALLY, BEGINNING IN 1990, HAD EQUAL PAY FOR WORK OF EQUAL VALUE? ISN'T IT REALLY ABOUT TIME THAT WE REALISED THAT WOMEN DO GET SHUNTED INTO LOWER PAID JOBS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN, AND THAT THIS SITUATION IS NO LONGER TENABLE IN A FAIR,

JUST, MODERN SOCIETY?

SO LET US PAUSE, FOR A MOMENT, AND RECAP OUR VISION OF A NEW AUSTRALIA.

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A SUSTAINABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY - SOUND ECONOMY, THAT REWARDS

ENDEAVOUR, INITIATIVE, AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND THE EMPLOYED.

A SOCIETY THAT TAKES PROPER CARE OF THE ELDERLY, THE SICK, AND CHILDREN - THOSE IN REAL NEED. NEW THINKING ON HEALTH, WOMEN'S ISSUES, AND A WHOLE HOST OF ITEMS THAT THE OTHER MAJOR PARTIES IGNORE.

IN SUMMARY A SOCIETY THAT DOESN'T LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A TIRED REHASH OF THE LAST THIRTY YEARS BUT A SOCIETY LAUNCHING ITSELF CONFIDENTLY AND PROGRESSIVELY INTO THE CHALLENGES OF A NEW CENTURY.

IT IS AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME, BUT I .1AKE NO APOLOGY FOR THAT. IT WON'T THRILL THE CURRENT MINISTER FOR FINANCE - AND I CERTAINLY DON'T APOLOGISE FOR THAT! THE REALITY, HOWEVER, IS THIS

WE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS STAND ON THE BRINK OF THE MOST REMARKABLE ELECTION RESULT IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE WAR. THE ELECTORATE EXPECTS NEW IDEAS FROM US f AND WE HAVE DELIVERED. BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, I BELIEVE THE ELECTORATE DEMANDS PASSION FROM US. THE

PASSION TO START PUTTING THINGS RIGHT, NOT BY SIMPLY BEING DESTRUCTIVE, BUT BY TRYING NEW WAYS, BY BEING PREPARED, EVEN, TO MAKE A MISTAKE OR TWO, BUT ALWAYS TO SEEK OUT THE POSITIVE, THE PROGRESSIVE, AND THE POSSIBLE. TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THIS

MARVELLOUS COUNTRY OR OURS ... THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE PASSIONATE TO ACHIEVE, ^<

OUR SUPPORT IS BIGGER AND BETTER AND STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE.

THIS . IS THE N EW BEGINNINGI