Policy draft

This is a proposed Tax policy for Socialist Alliance.

Media in Australia is in crisis.

Despite Australians’ faith in journalism increasing according to the latest Edelman study, Australians’ trust in ‘the media’ is at an all-time low, ranking second-lowest out of 28 surveyed countries, only in front of Turkey.

Society has a duty of care to minimise the physical and psychological suffering of animals and that means ensuring the welfare of animals and protection for animals at risk.

Amendments are indicated in bold, underline.

This is a revised draft of the policy based on some feedback, and also adds in a point omitted from the original draft.

The Socialist Alliance recognises the legitimate national aspirations of the Kurdish people, divided by the colonial powers at the end of World War I between four countries (Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran).

The extreme concentration of the banking and financial systems means that ordinary working people lose out on a big scale.

Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act — the law against racial vilification — are under renewed attack from the right including the Murdoch media empire and the Coalition government for allegedly impeding free speech.

With acknowledgement to Murray Stewart.

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As socialists we support putting control of the lives of people with disabilities back into the hands of people with disabilities themselves.

A few key features of removing discrimination include:

Building codes which ensure that a large percentage of new housing stock are fully accessible to people in wheelchairs.

For the controlled production, supply and use of illicit drugs

"It may be that I don’t live to see it because I’m already many years old, but I know that someday drugs will be legalized and it will be shown that we were right.”

Gustavo de Grieff, Former Attorney General of Colombia

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This policy only focuses on currently illicit, psycho-active drugs, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and other drugs.

Background information/Preamble:

Most Disability Support Payment (DSP) recipients live under draconian Welfare to Work legislation introduced by the Howard government in 2006. These provisions force people with disabilities and other disadvantaged income support recipients to search for work, without adequately addressing the disadvantages people with disabilities experience in finding and keeping meaningful jobs with liveable wages.

Any person at any stage of life can acquire a disability. We live in an aging society. Disability is being diagnosed in an increasing number of babies and children. In fact, it is estimated that up to 25% of the population has some form of disability.