Location: Adelaide, SA
Electorate: South Australia
Values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect
Professional Background: Qualified Fitter and Machinist, Pump and Hydraulic Technician, Computer Technician, Business Owner and Board of Directors Member for Northern Adelaide Business Enterprise Centre with one term as Deputy Chairperson.
Personal Information: Married with combined family of nine children and twelve grandchildren
What I believe in: Australians are tired of the major parties in Australian politics. And, in particular, the conceited leadership battles that both have experienced and continue to experience. It seems like both parties are imploding, and at an increasing rate.
What Australians are looking for is strong leadership. Someone that can engender their team to work together in a cooperative manner and be content to hold their own position and do their job well.
There will always be one or another who think they can do a better job than the leader, but if the vast majority of the team turn a deaf ear to the cutting down of their leader, and the leader stays true to the team, then the team will achieve great things.
Far too often we see individuals garnering support for themselves and splitting teams in their opinions of leaders and other group leaders within those teams for their own personal narcissistic gain.
What we need in Australia and the world for that matter is true leadership. People who can naturally draw people together in common voices to create a following that is tight knit on basic issues and grows organically instead of through publicity and forced marketing.
Most people have opinions on most subjects. Those opinions are based on their morals instilled during childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood and those self-established over whatever number of years they have trod the paths of their lives on this great planet. Some opinions are established from research, some are from religious views and some are from family values which have been taught by parents and family.
These opinions are neither right nor wrong. They are opinions and are important, because they are held by real people who are affected by real decisions made by governments who are often working through subterfuges and for hidden puppet masters.
Corruption is a real issue facing the Australian people and appears to be getting progressively worse. While the Unions of Australia are represented by the Labor party, less well known or thought of in this respect is the LNP as the representative of the big business and multi-national corporations.
However, it seems that the ordinary Australian who is not an avowed believer in the union movement or is not a very high net worth individual, does not have representation in Australian politics other than micro parties and independents.
Let me elaborate.
Unions have been instrumental in achieving great results in regard to working conditions and real wages for real workers and their families and have done a great job for most Australians. But is there still a place for them in the 21st century? It appears that the most they do for their members now is to fight unfair dismissals and hold companies to ransom for higher wages, not because their members deserve it, but to justify their membership fees collected.
And besides, isn’t there a Fair Work Ombudsman department and many work related government advocate departments to guarantee conditions for safe working and protect worker’s rights?
Have unions done such a great job, that they themselves have actually made themselves redundant? And if they have made themselves redundant, is there a need for unions anymore?
Likewise, has big business become such a closed focus group that they fight for increased profits regardless of the ramifications on the very customers and investors they purport to represent? It’s like a snake consuming itself.
Is big business manoeuvring to become the government themselves? And do they consider that they are above the law and that government should be submissive to their whims and demands? From the limited leaks we have seen regarding the TPP, it appears to be so.
It certainly appears to be shaping up that way in Australia in 2016. The situation has built to a point where if we don’t make changes now and take back our sovereignty as a nation, it could soon be lost to big business. Then we as a nation will be subject to the investors and owner’s whims. This is not what I envisage as being a pleasurable experience because business is ALWAYS looking at profits – The Bottom Line. And sometimes – more often than not – government’s responsibility to the people does not make profits for itself. It often actually is never able to recoup its investment into the community in direct monetary gain. However, the return is realised not in a monetary way, but as a sane, well cared for community that has the wherewithal to get a decent education, and return that contribution back to the nation through increased productivity due to a better and more thorough education.
The problem appears to be in short and long term views. Traditionally Australia’s government has had long term views and has proffered well from that increased productivity from its investments many years earlier. But as recently as 20 years ago, the scene changed so much that governments now simply focus on being in power and keeping themselves in jobs. Short term gains and goals are the order of the day.
The biggest problem I can see is that we, as voters have allowed this to grow and fester by voting for a government that gives us the most instead of demanding sensible, sustainable policies that build a nation, irrespective of whether we personally benefit or not. I understand that we can only vote for the representatives that are presented to us, but we as an electorate have to take some responsibility for the problems that we experience and, unfortunately, most of the responsibility to correct the problem.
This realisation of responsibility is core to my decision to run for a seat in Federal Parliament in Australia. And, many more ordinary Australians are also standing up to this responsibility offering themselves as your representative.
But what is, and what should governments role be in Australia in the 21st century?
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, that would be rather arrogant of me. Likewise, my fellow candidates don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I don’t think we have to. We are representatives of the people once elected. We want to know what the people think and what the people want.
We do have concepts, ideas and policies of what we think the people want and need, but our view is always going to be one that is subjective. Subjective because we can’t know what you as an elector want unless you tell us. Likewise, for any government elected representative of any political party. They can only know what you want by you telling them. If they don’t ask or don’t listen, then arrogance on their part is probably blocking the flow of ideas.
Aren’t you tired of people believing they know best what you need, instead of asking what you need?
Isn’t it time for a change to representative government?
Isn’t it time that your values and rights were taken into consideration?
Isn’t it time that you have a say in where your country is taken?
It’s your nation and its your choice. We all have a say in how it is run irrespective of whether you have had it drummed into you that you can’t make a difference. You can, I can, we all can – by standing together and making that difference.
We are not always going to agree on everything. That’s just human nature. But we can agree on certain core principles. And I think that is where Australia is vastly lacking. That core principle agreement and the basics.
We seem to agree to a point with someone else, but when the point of disagreement is reached, the two part ways and focus on the disagreement. However, there is a different way to come together and stay together. That is to focus on what we do agree on. When we get to a point of disagreement, that disagreement point is considered beyond the scope of the group that agrees on everything up to there. This way we have a very cohesive group that has common interests and common agreements for its core principles.
For example, let’s say we have a group of 5000 people that agree that children should be loved and cared for in a positively reinforced environment and raised as respectful children to give a good grounding in social manners and etiquette.
That group might contain 500 people that believe that corporal punishment is a good thing. “We used to get whooped and it never hurt us.” But 4,500 people disagree. We have a split in the group already, so the two groups now go their own way and promote their own beliefs and try to garner more support from the greater community. They will both find support among the greater community and will eventually start arguing against the disagreement point of corporal punishment. These two groups appear to be diametrically opposed, but it could only be this one issue that is making it appear this way.
An external observer could say that the two groups are fighting against each other because of the disagreement point as that is the focus. But in actuality, the two groups are closer than it appears. If they both focussed on their points of agreement, and respected each other’s point of view but held their disagreement, they would be a cohesive group of 5000 once again and capable of wielding the power of that size group.
If we extend that analogy to Australia and focus all of our efforts to find what we do agree on, then there would be a concerted effort to improve our lot in life when we suddenly discover that there are so many of us that have common core principles regardless of where those core principles came from or how we arrived at those morals or ethics.
It is with this in mind that I call on all Australians to put aside our differences and support a political party that represents the bulk of the population. We are a party of ordinary Australians standing up for what we believe in with no more than our own beliefs to guide us. We have no ulterior motive to be in power other than to govern as a representative group. One that represents you and the vast majority of Australians.
I hope you will find that the Mature Australia Party has more in common with the majority of Australians than any other party that offers themselves for election.
The AIM of The Mature Australia Party is to promote, protect, secure and enhance the fundamental collective rights of ALL Australians to equal and fair consideration by governments at all levels, and more specifically people over 50 years of age, including self-funded and publicly funded retirees. Younger generations will be positively affected by this representation through the flow on effect.
Mature Australia will work to ensure that future Commonwealth and State Governments never allow the authority and power given to them by the people to be acceded or taken over by any person, or organisation with a financial agenda or interest contrary to those of the people in exercising that power.
Part of its Charter will be to raise issues that affect services in all aspects of Australians’ lives including pensions, working and retirement living standards, health care, transport, housing affordability, protections from abuse, better infrastructure planning, family welfare, education, job creation, defence and security.
It will present and promote policies encompassing (but not limited to)
- Restoring, by Constitutional amendment as necessary, the rights of “the people” to more effectively direct and control the decisions of their elected representatives and governments, by a process of citizen-initiated referenda, or similar processes.
- The creation of jobs by productivity and infrastructure improvement.
- Preserving and improving services for veterans and families.
- Stronger and more effective regional planning, development, and funding.
- Support for all State and National Health funds.
- Services for disabled people and their carers.
- Incentives for jobs growth in small business.
- Strict limitations on the sale or lease of publicly-funded and publicly-owned assets.
- Improved State and national transport services.
- A public register on which ALL political donations must be listed.
- Secure, guaranteed funding for retirees (self-funded, or pensioners).
- More firm, clear and enforced guidelines and regulations on immigration, based primarily on wealth and job-creating growth and development – and on what is in the best interests of Australia.
- A “One Australia” policy, in law and in governance, which embraces Australians of all ages, races, ethnic groups, colour, creeds, or religions……but discriminates either for or against none.
The Mature Australia Party views Australia’s national and governmental problems today as largely economic in nature, a large part caused by poor governance, with inherent corruption of the processes and decisions of governments, maintained principally by the undue influence of “vested interests” in the workplace, business, and industry.
Mature Australia is concerned that by virtue of the dysfunctional nature of our systems of governance, elected representatives currently have unwarranted power, poorly wielded, to circumvent and disregard the interests of society, irrespective of society’s declared wishes or needs.
This is done by acting (or not acting) in initiating or maintaining policies and legislation which results in egregious cost and dysfunction in society, and in government.
An aim of Mature Australia is to advocate the reshaping of governance by legislation which empowers the electorate, under defined occasions and circumstances, to override legislation passed by elected representatives, where the Legislature (or elected Government) are not seen to be acting, as required, in the public interest.
Mature Australia is concerned that with the more complex nature of change nationally and world-wide today, effective governance is becoming more complex than many modern governments are equipped to handle, effectively and equitably.
Government processes and procedures have not changed at the same rate, and as a result many are outdated and ineffectual – even regressive.
Mature Australia’s policy is to offer a level of leadership in the State and National political arenas, where it is able to do so, from the perspective of a Party of mature-age people with modern views on changes and improvements to our systems of governance, based on equal opportunity, consideration and treatment for all segments of our society.
It is a party FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS, with its basic aim to protect, preserve, and enhance living standards, rights and equality for all, irrespective of race, colour, or creed.
Mature Australia will support any and all political parties that respect the needs and rights of all Australians (as per its Charter) and treats them fairly in all areas, but will discriminate in favour of NONE.
A principal aim is to correct the imbalances and lack of consideration that apply to all mature age Australians.
The Mature Australia Party’s platform will include (among wider issues) all areas of concern that influence living costs and resultant living standards, such as electricity tariffs, water costs, insurance premiums, car registrations and licences, and other everyday living costs.
We hope you will seriously consider putting your vote to the recovery of Australia through the Mature Australia Party.
Thank you, I’m Darryl Bothe and I am a Federal Senate Candidate for the Mature Australia Party