The Liberal Democrat Party
Who are the Liberal Democrats?
Low Taxes. Small Government. Individual Responsibility.
Fighting for less government and more freedom
The Liberal Democrats believe government have neither the expertise, nor the rights to tell people how to run their lives. People should be free to make their own choices and accept responsibility for the consequences, so long as nobody else is harmed.
The Government is comprised of politicians and public servants with no special insight or wisdom. Despite that, it constantly tells us what is best for us and how to run our lives. It ties up businesses in red tape - preventing them from investing, expanding and employing.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but every time the government steps in to 'protect' competition, they actually make things worse.
The reality is that only big companies have enough cunning to survive the heavily regulated, taxed and controlled market created by government.
POLICY - LIBERTY
The Liberal Democrats believe that the ability to easily purchase medicines is a vital aspect of maintaining health and vitality. The availability of treatment options within Australia is currently very tightly controlled both by over-regulation of pharmaceuticals themselves and the monopoly powers granted by government to the Pharmacy Guild. The effect of this tight control is decreased availability of medicines and increased healthcare costs, which are passed on to both consumers and taxpayers.
The Liberal Democrats support the legalisation of use, cultivation, processing, possession, transport and sale of cannabis, with protection of minors and penalties for driving while impaired.
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The Liberal Democrats support competitive federalism as it was intended by the founders of the constitution.
The Liberal Democrats believe in constitutional democracy and support voluntary voting, citizens initiated referenda, fixed parliamentary terms, recall elections, constitutional protection of private property and sunset clauses on legislation.
The Liberal Democrats support an evidence-based approach to drug policy based on harm minimisation. The Liberal Democrats support the immediate legalisation of any drug shown to be less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, and the decriminalisation of all other drugs.
Policy and Aims
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Equality before the Law
Over the last 30 years we have seen a diminishing appreciation of the principle of personal responsibility. The growth of the welfare state, poor rulings by courts on personal damages claims and the growth of numerous government funded commissions, councils, authorities and boards have all eroded the notion of individual responsibility.
The Liberal Democrats believe that freedom is precious, that our freedom is not conferred by government, that government poses great risks to our freedom, and that the role of government is the defence of freedom.
This is a big issue with Australians, before dismissing the LDP on this single point, take a look at the facts http://www.ldp.org.au/firearms
The Liberal Democrats regard the right to own firearms for sport, hunting, collecting and self-defence as fundamental to a free society, irrespective of how many choose to do so. It does not believe governments have a general right to limit the ownership of firearms.
The Liberal Democrats will deregulate and privatise higher education, while retaining loans for tuition fees. It is unfair for those without the benefit of higher education to pay for the higher education of others.
Adults must be free to make their own lifestyle decisions, including marriage, without interference by the government or any need for its approval.
National defence is a legitimate role of the Commonwealth government. However, unnecessary expenditure on defence contributes to excessive taxation.
Police and Crime
The Liberal Democrats believe Peel's Principles of Policing should comprise the basis of all police activities. Criminal law exists to serve us, and should be limited to behaviours that cause harm to others without their consent.
Under this approach, all citizens can support and help uphold the law. Indeed, only through widespread voluntary adherence to the law can respect for the law be maintained. The maintenance of public support is integral to effective policing.
The Liberal Democrats neither supports nor opposes gambling. It considers it to be like any other form of entertainment - a matter of choice for responsible adults. Just as we may turn off the television or refuse to enter a cinema, we may also leave a casino or decline to bet on a horse race.
Relations with Other Countries
The Liberal Democrats support freedom and democracy at home and abroad.
The Liberal Democrats support freedom of religion but oppose government involvement in religion including funding of programs based on religion and efforts to impose religious beliefs on others.
Right to Die
The Liberal Democrats believe that adults have a right to end their own lives, with or without assistance, and to have access to information to help them do it. We believe in the inalienable right of individuals to end their lives painlessly, at a time of their choosing, and to be legally able to obtain information and assistance to do so with dignity.
Right to Ride
The Liberal Democrats believe those who choose to use motorcycles and scooters should not be discouraged by government policies. The use of motorcycles and scooters is a matter of individual choice. So long as nobody else is likely to be harmed, it is not acceptable for the government to interfere in it.
The LDP believes traffic laws should strike a better balance between safety and efficient travel. Australia is a large country in which motor vehicles are a vital means of transport. Our traffic laws need to strike a balance between safety and the need for efficient travel over long distances.
The LDP believes school regulation should be devolved to state level and funded through school vouchers that promote competition between schools and encourage parental choice.
The Liberal Democrats will ensure that governments are restricted as to what they can do and kept accountable through extensive checks and balances.
The Liberal Democrats are neither pro-smoking nor anti-smoking; we are pro-choice.
The Liberal Democrats do not generally support the criminalisation of victimless crimes and seeks to reduce the intrusion of government into these areas.
POLICY - PROSPERITY
The Liberal Democrats believe that the Australian child care industry is needlessly over-regulated leading to burdensome regulatory compliance costs.
Within a small government context, the Liberal Democrats believe government should fund recurrent activities entirely through taxation and balance liabilities and assets to achieve the equivalent of zero net worth.
Deregulation and Privatisation
The Liberal Democrats oppose the ownership of businesses by governments and the provision of services that could be provided by the private sector.
We are opposed to the ownership of businesses by governments and the provision of services that could be provided by the private sector.
Energy is crucial to our modern way of life. Indeed, the availability of energy at affordable prices is one of the key forces in our economy. The Liberal Democrats do not believe in either subsidising or unfairly taxing any particular source of energy, including nuclear.
The Liberal Democrats support free international trade in goods, services and capital. It is a simple fact that Australians benefit from free trade and foreign investment.
We are a pro-trade party. In Australia, other small parties hide behind the rhetoric of 'fair trade' and protectionist populism. However, the welfare of Australians is not improved by xenophobia and irrational economics.
The Liberal Democrats believe government foreign aid, other than short term humanitarian relief, should cease.
The Liberal Democrats would increase opportunities to live and work in Australia while carefully guarding access to welfare and citizenship.
The Liberal Democrats support intellectual rights in return for private creative endeavours, but opposes increased restrictions, such as is happening with copyright. The Liberal Democrats also believe that intellectual rights laws need to take into account the changing nature of society and technology.
Money and Banks
The Liberal Democrats believe that inflation is taxation by stealth, that the Reserve Bank should be more accountable, and that banks should be free to fail.
The Liberal Democrats value the natural environment within the context of a prosperous society that provides equal protection under the law and is based on respect for individual freedom, personal responsibility, small government and the defence of private property.
The Liberal Democrats will drastically reduce government interference in the right of individuals to manage their own health. We do not need government to maintain our houses, to maintain our cars, to maintain our wardrobe, or to maintain our bodies.
Right to Work
Industrial relations laws hurt employees and employers and cause unemployment and dependency. They only help union leaders, lawyers and bureaucrats.
The Liberal Democrats will modify the welfare system to foster a culture of independence and civil society without neglecting the genuinely needy.
The Liberal Democrats believe Australia needs a low tax future. Continuing to tax discourages Australians from working and saving, impedes investment, and imposes unnecessary compliance costs on individuals and businesses.
The Liberal Democrats stand for greater freedom, smaller government and personal responsibility. We promote the following principles:
1. Economic Principles
2. Social Principles
3. Government Principles
4. International Principles
The Common Sense Party
The Australian Regional Network (an Australian Small Business) strongly believes the Liberal Democrats are THE Common Sense Party. We Support the Liberal Democrats and broadcast their policy for your consideration through all 1000 Australian town and city websites.