What I'm about...
I want to end the top-down, developer orientated, destruction of our neighborhoods.
With a sustainable environment and much more stable population, you can simultaneously achieve affordable housing and better planning. The quarter-acre block is becoming a dream of the past because we're becoming increasingly overpopulated. Rental and housing prices have been spiraling out of control.
It is so important that the heritage of our suburbs and our suburban way of life is protected against the relentless drive to push more and more people into established areas of Melbourne.
To achieve this, we need to address Melbourne's population.
According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s population grew in the year ended September 30 2018 by 395,100. Melbourne grows by 2500 people every week.
This population growth is much faster than the growth we had during the 1990s, and it is damaging our environment and open space, driving traffic congestion, housing unaffordability and job security, and damaging our suburban Australian lifestyle.
We urgently need to slow our population growth, to protect our way of life and our natural assets.
Of Melbourne’s total population increase throughout the past year, 65 per cent of it was due to overseas migration. Treasury has estimated that Victoria will add 652,000 extra residents by 2022, taking its population to almost 7.2 million.
This will not make Victoria a better place to live.
We need to return immigration back to what it was before the spike of the past 15 years, about 70,000 people per year - not the 200,000 plus students and temporary working visas that we are seeing today.
Economically, this would also help to achieve secure jobs and a more diverse economy. We'd be transferring much more of our scarce economic investment away from housing speculation and back into our factories, farms and small businesses.
A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND POPULATION
- How? Transition to renewable energy; Moratorium on all fracking; Better manage our water security; Increase conservation management funding and employment; Enhance biodiversity and native species programs; Protect animal habitats from housing and farming land clearing; End old growth forest logging; Minimise factory farming; Reduce waste production; Slow population growth (so all of the above isn't undermined); & more.
SECURE JOBS AND A DIVERSE ECONOMY
- How? Better invest in education and skills training for local workers; Re-allocate our scarce economic capital (back into our factories, farms and small businesses, to re-diversify our economy); A simpler, fairer tax system; Re-invest in the regions; Fair trade with a level playing field; Australian ownership and management of utilities, land and resources; & more.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR BUYERS AND RENTERS
- How? Tax reform (end CGT/NG concessions); Stop foreign purchases; Lower immigration; Increase investment in public housing; Better bank lending practices; Greater renters’ rights; & more.
BETTER PLANNING TO STOP OVER-DEVELOPMENT
- How? Give real power to local communities in planning decisions; Increased developer charges for land value (rezoning) gains; Better public transport; Preserve or plant corridors of biodiversity; Prioritise ecological design in housing; & more.
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES
- Stop undemocratic privatisation of natural monopolies
- Greater employment opportunities and cultural recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Save our backyards from developers
- No new casinos without clear public approval
- Establish major community product repair and recycle centres
- Prioritise public transport funding over new tollways
- Higher animal welfare standards
- More investment in The Arts
- Review and renegotiate all trade agreements
- Stop foreign ownership of land, water and all natural resources
- Establish an independent Federal commission against corruption
- Require more timely disclosure of political donations
- Lower immigration from its record level (over 200,000 p.a.) back to the long term average of 70,000 p.a.
- Tackle global population growth through increased foreign aid for female education and universal access to contraception
- Enable citizen initiated referenda or plebiscites to give the people a proper say on important issues like euthanasia, immigration, republic, casinos, etc
In summary - an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. A nation that is democratically governed for the people, not vested interests and vocal minorities.
If you largely agree, please join today.