BELOW ARE ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS I’VE BEEN ASKED TO ANSWER
More answers to specific issues at the bottom of each page on this site where questions have been asked by bloggers.
Responses from JULIE BOYD, Community Independent for Richmond
1. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s population is 22.4 million and growing by one person every 1 minute and 13 seconds. Do you think Australia’s population can keep growing indefinitely?
No, not at the current rate
2. In 2009 Australia’s population grew by 433,000 people, equivalent of adding a city over 1.25 times the size of Canberra each year. Two thirds was due to immigration and one third was due to natural increase (births less deaths). Do you think this growth is:
3. What impact does population growth have on our quality of life, such as housing affordability, urban infill, traffic congestion, water resources, hospital services and other infrastructure? It creates:
More pressure but this is exascerbated by pressure from developer lobby groups who have influenced both political decision and legislative change, particularly during the Howard years and in NSW over the past decade
4. What impact does population growth have on our environment, including Australia’s wildlife, forests and waterways; loss of farmland, land degradation, pollution and greenhouse emissions? It creates:
Farmland in Northern NSW is under great threat from residential development as a result of developer manipulation of local and state government.
5. Vested interests such as property magnates argue that population growth is good for the economy. Some mining companies want more workers to extract and sell off our non‐renewable resources faster. But according to the IMF, 9 out of the top 10 richest countries in GDP per capita, had smaller populations than Australia. Is a larger population essential for economic prosperity?
no- absolute rubbish. We are measuring the wrong things in terms of determining the health of the economy and should be looking at the measures proposed by Hazel Henderson and Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winner for Economics
6. Should Australia recruit doctors, nurses and skilled workers from developing countries, or should we invest more in skilling Australians, and send training teams to aid overseas?
7. In 1994 the Australian Academy of Science investigated the impact of population growth on the Australian environment. It found that our land mass, though large, is less rich than other continents in many biologically important elements. As a result, our ecosystems are relatively fragile, and human impact on the environment is particularly severe. It concluded that 23 million was a safe upper level at which to stabilise Australia’s population. Do you think this level is:
about right. Biodiversity in Richmond electorate is equal to Kakadu but under enormous pressure
8. In 2009 Australia’s net overseas migration (278,000) was equal to the number of long term arrivals (508,000) less long term departures (230,000). Would you support a balanced migration program, where the number of long term arrivals is equal to the number of long term departures?
9. Do you support winding the back the baby bonus?
not for parents at home with no reasonable second income.
Julie Boyd is a Hastings Point (Tweed Coast) based international educational consultant and community advocate. Julie has a strong sense of justice and fairness, and is offering a genuinely Independent ‘Community candidacy’. She is able to knowledgeably and competently represent the many facets of community that make up the Richmond electorate. Julie also holds a comprehensive world view, as can be seen from her multiple blogs, developed over many years, and bedded in a deep concern for current and future generations, and the health of our society and the planet.
Julie has a thirty year professional career spanning all levels of education, marine science, family and organisational development, indigenous learning , psychology, publishing and leadership of both small and big business.
Everyone is invited to visit Julie’s websites: https://julieboydrichmond.wordpress.com and http://www.julieboyd.com.au for policies and responses.
Julie is deeply concerned about, the following issues in this area:
a. Community, individual, family and organisational wellness and health- mental, emotional, physical, dental,
b. Public infrastructure including transport, public services
c. Ageing and quality of life, particularly for older women.
d. Population, economy, employment, and affordable housing
e. Climate change and energy
f. Education for societal transitions.
NORTHERN RIVERS ECHO
Julie Boyd is a Hastings Point (Tweed Coast) based national and international educational consultant and community advocate. Julie has a strong sense of justice and fairness, and is offering a genuinely Independent ‘Community candidacy’. She is highly experienced in collaborative resolution, understands the challenges of bureaucracy, and is able to knowledgeably and competently represent the many facets of community that make up the Richmond electorate. Julie also holds a comprehensive world view, as can be seen from her multiple blogs, developed over many years which is bedded in a deep concern for current and future generations, and the health of our society and the planet.
Julie’s policies, and answers to questions she has been asked are all on her website and everyone is invited to visit. She holds a number of qualifications and business awards, including membership of the Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame, and has a thirty year professional career spanning all levels of education, family development, indigenous learning , psychology, publishing and leadership of both small and big business.
Everyone is invited to visit Julie’s websites: https://julieboydrichmond.wordpress.com and www.julieboyd.com.au for expanded policy statements.
Julie is deeply concerned about, and has a particular interest in, the following issues in the Richmond electorate:
a. Ageing and quality of life, particularly for older women.
b. Community, individual, family and organisational wellness-
including health- mental, physical, dental,
c. Public infrastructure including transport and public services
d. Population, economy and employment
e. Climate change and energy
f. Education and its hidden challenges, with which she is highly experienced.
RESPONSES TO ABC JOURNALISTS
JULIE BOYD Independent for Richmond
What are your thoughts on asylum seekers?
Many of my honest views are outlined on my website www.julieboyd.com.au I BELIEVE issues around asylum seekers have been deliberately confused because of a fear campaign by the media. The reality is a number of issues are causing refugees – war, climate change and people trafficking. The issues of people trafficking must be separated from the processing of refugees. I also support the humane treatment of those seeking asylum, and the resettlement of genuine refugees.
What are your thoughts on public transport?
I BELIEVE we face at least 4 major crises in our area which are not currently being considered
1. Providing for our aging population and their increasing challenge to drive safely.
2. Providing for the hierarchy and variety of road users- currently trucks, 4 WD, cars, bikes of all kinds, pedestrians. This needs to be reversed.
3. Providing alternatives to petrol and oil based transport
4. Encouraging development away from the coast to populate inland towns. This will require ease of movement of workers and visitors.
I intend to push for a comprehensive, staged MASTERPLAN for public transport in the Richmond area that may include a mix of buses, trains, light rail, but preferably other more innovative forms of moving people and products – encouraged through innovation grants, including funds already allocated but not yet provided.
What are your thoughts on renewable energy?
I believe it is crucial for us to transition as quickly as possible to 100% renewable energy. I do not support industries which involve continuing degradation of the environment and pillaging of earth’s resources for the financial benefit of individuals under the age-old claim that they ‘create jobs’ when the reality is that most of these jobs are short-term and expendable under any economic downturn.
Do you support or oppose the introduction of the R18+ rating classification for video games?
I support the introduction of a ratings classification. As a psychologist I am fully aware of the impacts of video games on the thinking and behaviour of young people. I believe there is a direct link between anti-social behaviour, increased bullying and violence and some video games.
Do you support or oppose the proposed internet filter?
I am concerned that people are not aware that filters already exist. I do believe that our young people need to be protected. I am concerned that legitimate websites are blocked by filters.
Do you support or oppose gay marriage?
Some of the longest term and most successful relationships I know are those between gay partners. Given the variety of relationships which currently exist within legal marriage, I have no objection to these people being able to have the same level of recognition for their status as heterosexual couples.
What are your thoughts on abortion?
I BELIEVE in a woman’s right to absolutely determine who or what has access to her body. This is naturally a highly sensitive area. I also believe more effective mediation and support/grief counselling is required for both partners who may be faced with a dreadful decision if there is dissent.
Do you support or oppose the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia?
I fully support the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia
What are your thoughts on stem cell research?
I believe that stem cell research is crucially important to the future cure of a range of conditions. I also support the developments in adult stem cell research.
What are your thoughts on education?
I am concerned about the sole focus on ‘back to basics’. While extremely important education needs to have a focus of assisting children to learn how to create a healthy society. Hence my 20 year focus on ‘Education for a Sustainable Society.’
What are your thoughts on campaign finance disclosure?
This is an essential element of honesty in campaigning. I calculated that during my last election campaign my votes cost $1 compared with the eventual winner’s costs of >$20 per vote- this shows clear inequities in the system and one of the reasons why it is impossible for Independents to gain traction in our system. I would like to see campaign funding fully disclosed, a ban on preferencing, and a ban on people being accosted by campaigners at polling booths. Then we would have a more level playing field for candidates and a system where voters can make their own informed decisions.
What are your thoughts on climate change?
I BELIEVE the global climate is rapidly changing and human behaviour and actions are exacerbating these naturally occurring events –agribusiness and genetic modification of original foods are of great concern.
I support and encourage
- the return of small farms producing natural, not GM foods
- seed banks
- a society less dependent on supermarkets, fast foods and chemicals
- a move to renewable energies,
- local food production and consumption
- the provision of a combination of industry incentives and disincentives to achieve the above.
What are your thoughts on water?
The effective management of water is crucial to the survival of our society and the planet. I do not support any privatisation of water resources. I fully support a return to the home based water tanks of my childhood, and the more effective large-scale harvesting of rainwater.
I also believe the problems with the desalination plant in South East Queensland have demonstrated that desal plants are not the answer to future water issues.
Do you support or oppose standing order 50?
I do not support the forced recitation of religious information. I support the concept of full separation of church and state. Standing order 50 needs to be made voluntary so that people who believe it are free to repeat the statement and those who do not believe it are not required to recite something they do not support.
Are there any local issues you are trying to highlight with your campaign?
I am deeply concerned about the implications of agieing. In particular I am concerned about
– the rapid increase of women over 55 who may be highly educated but who find themselves unemployable in positions which reflect their expertise.
– the number, particularly of women over 55 who have no superannuation and limited resources
– the increasingly unsafe driving practices of older people on our roads
I am also deeply concerned about other local issues
– health- including dental health
– community safety and the rise of youth violence
– mental health and in particular the police response as a first resort
– climate change, sea level rise and proper planning which includes encouragement for people to move away from the coast
What do you think about the media’s coverage of the election so far?
I am appalled at the bias and misogynism of some reporters in the mainstream media. I’m also disgusted that the election campaign was hijacked by unsubstantiated rumour and innuendo. The same tactics were used to ruin Cheryl Kernot’s life and political career.
I am deeply disturbed at the number of politicians who are openly admitting that their behaviour during campaigns- and on election day- is designed to get them re-elected rather than making statements about what they genuinely believe.
I am also deeply concerned that the political process in this country has become subverted by the influence of well funded lobby groups who are overly influential in decision making with their influence being based solely around personal wealth generation.
INTERNET FILTERS to a concerned voter
I’ve actually had personal experience of existing filters which was pretty scary. A friend wrote an email to the PM and Treasurer stating that because his pension had been cut (due to the crazy deeming laws) he no longer had enough funds to be able to continue to live. He apparently used a word that triggered a filter and next thing he knew- the police were on his front doorstep embarrassing him in front of his neighbours and threatening to incarcerate him!
When questioned though – the Public Servants responsible for triggering this response said that it had been set up under the Howard govt and they were still following that protocol.
The intention of filters is good, but as with many other things the devil is in the detail, and I don;t think any of us have seen enough of that.
That’s why I think we need good Independents in – to force them to answer the questions we all want answered.
My advice to everyone who is voting right now is to put the person you think would be best for your electorate first- if you don’t like the sitting member pout them last, and then arrange the list in between as you want it – not as the major parties tell you to vote.
QUICK QUESTIONNAIRE FOR RICHMOND CANDIDATES
1. Please list in order of priority up to 5 issues affecting Australia in the coming decade (2010 – 2020).
a. Ageing population and all associated challenges- care, health, housing, mental health, cost of living
b. Climate Change and Energy – transition to renewables
d. Health – mental, physical, intellectual
2. Please outline (one sentence per issue) how you plan to address each of these priority issues. Note from Julie – this is difficult!
a. We need recognition of the plethora of challenges currently being hidden. Eg the boom in women over 55 with limited assets.
We need more community based solutions to supporting an ageing population such as ‘adopt a grandparent’, support for carers, real aged care facilities with legislation to enforce proper use, a variety of housing options, meaningful and flexible work options.
b. Climate change and energy. We need encouragement for people to build away from the coastal corridor. We need a rapid transition to renewable energy through a combination of incentives to encourage innovation and a carbon tax as a deterrent. We need the appointment of a Sustainablity Commissioner in each state who has legislated powers.
c. Population. The question of population size will be determined by access to basic resources as water and food. Until we have realistic options regarding these, not just computer based projections, our population needs to be kept to a manageable level.
d. Health- mental health care is much more than suicide prevention. Health care is more than hospital beds. I support the implementation of community based preventative measure, combined with universal healthcare (UK style) as a right for all Australians
e. Education. Education needs to be taken out of the political arena. We need to be planning for a rapid rise in disorders such as autism and other chronic mental and physical challenges. We need to be focussing on personal responsibility and Education for a Sustainable Society, not just the ‘back to basics’ campaigns of the major parties. School leadership teams need autonomy of decision-making within a national context.
3. Please list in order of priority up to 5 issues affecting the Richmond electorate in the coming decade (2010 – 2020).
a. ageing and quality of life
b. community wellness- health- mental, physical, dental,
c. public infrastructure including transport and public services
d. population , economy and employment
e. climate change
4. Please outline (one sentence per issue) how you plan to address each of these priority issues. I note these are very difficult to answer in one sentence.
a. We have a major developing problem particularly with women over 55 with limited resources because of lack of superannuation. We need more community based solutions to supporting an ageing population such as ‘adopt a grandparent’, support for carers, real aged care facilities with legislation to enforce proper use, a variety of housing options, meaningful and flexible work options.
b. Community wellness. We need a focus on community based preventative measures around awareness of diet and exercise. We need to created ‘extended family networks’ as one additional strategy to manage the increasing challenge of mental health, including anger and frustration among your people.
c. Public transport and Infrastructure. Not only is public transport an issue to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, road rage, and traffic congestion, we also have a rapidly ageing population who will not be able to drive safely in the future, as well as young people who do need to be encouraged to use public transport.
d. Population, economy and employment. Economy of the Richmond electorate is too narrowly based and needs to be diversified extensively. I propose the encouragement of cottage industry with associated employment opportunities. There also need to be incentives for people to transition back to meaningful work without losing benefits if they are able to.
e. Climate change and energy. We need encouragement for people to build away from the coastal corridor. We need a rapid transition to renewable energy through a combination of incentives to encourage innovation and a carbon tax as a deterrent. We need the appointment of a Sustainablity Commissioner in each state who has legislated powers.
5. Please outline your community engagement strategy.
If elected I would establish a series of interest-based advisory groups along the lines of a successful strategy I developed in Tasmania. I would further seek to establish a strategy of community ‘extended family’ groups across the electorate for a range of different target groups. I would also seek to develop a ‘it takes a community to raise a child’ strategy to encourage community responsibility for young people.
I am encouraging people to become informed about how to make their vote count and to establish their own preferences. I’m explaining the benefits of voting Independent or Green first, as this enables your vote to be counted several times, and putting the major parties last. For those who wish to take a simple option- I’m suggesting that rather than voting top down, they vote from the bottom of the ballot paper up!