Julie Boyd POLICIES

POLICIES and BELIEF STATEMENTS are being added daily, based on issues I’m being asked about. See below.

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I don’t know about you but I’m extremely frustrated that important issues have been sidelined! Instead of hearing about Climate Change impact, Health and Societal Change issues we’re being fed pap.

What we need are clear views about who stands for what!

In seeking out policies of the three key parties, the Greens are by far the easiest to access and the most coherent. Good on them!

If you want to read all party policies you will find them at the following addresses.

http://greens.org.au/policies

http://www.liberal.org.au/Policies.aspx

http://www.alp.org.au/agenda/

WHAT I’M HEARING PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT: (note not in order of importance- belief statements about each to follow. These will be added to daily)

VISION FOR AUSTRALIA

As a beginning I would like to see the adoption by each person and organisation in Australia of the phrase ‘First, do no harm’ in all of its connotations across all sectors.

My IDEAL is an Australia based on

Creativity

Compassion

Common Sense

I BELIEVE that we are at a societal tipping point in Australia right now. We have a choice between a big population, highrise cities with hothoused children, decreased green space, fuelled by the mining of finite resources, and a lower population, dispersed more away from the coast, which focuses on healthy food production, supportive communities and renewable energy production. I believe the majority of people in the Richmond electorate want the latter.

TWEED/BYRON AREA (Richmond)

I BELIEVE we live in possibly the most beautiful area of Australia! Where else can you go to the Byron markets and watch envious Queenslanders down on a day trip, Enjoy a wonderful lunch from any one of a multitude of eateries, attend a Classical Concert performed by brilliant local professional musicians from one of Australia’s premier orchestras at Tyalgum, and finish the day sitting on a semi-deserted beach watching whales and dolphins as the locals catch their dinner, in a tee shirt, in the middle of Winter (and that was just today!)

WE NEED to develop an integrated and systems approach to achieving OUR preferred future leading to a healthy, resilient and sustainable society. This means an emphasis on healthy local food production, healthy waterways and environment, healthy compassionate attitudes toward each other, and a focus on socially responsible entrepreneurship rather than just personal wealth generation at others’ expense.

2.  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/involvement

I BELIEVE the general community is left out from political decision making and has been deliberately sidelined by continual legislative changes.

This has been the focus of my professional work I also know It is possible  to establish effective mechanisms for community engagement based on their interests and passions

We already have a number of internationally renowned experts living in the Tweed/Byron area whose expertise is not recognised locally.

I intend to  if elected, audit the expertise which does exist in this area and invite increased involvement of those identified., invite the formation of a variety of interest-based  ‘community advisory’ groups to assist with genuine policy formation and action planning, and establish mediation mechanisms where dissent occurs.

3. HUMAN RIGHTS

I BELIEVE that residents of Australia have had their rights eroded by progressive changes to legislation at all three levels of government (particularly in NSW with Part 3A Planning and Major Projects legislation!) and bureaucratic practice to the degree that it is virtually impossible for ‘ordinary’ residents to be able to challenge many inequities, and try to force redress for wrongdoings – by those whose intentions are less than honourable!

  • At Hastings Point, it has taken 27 years to try and undo past and proposed destruction to our estuary(and we’re still not quite there!).
  • Our treatment of our Indigenous populations is below standards in set by other countries
  • The Howard Government’s appalling treatment of refugees was an embarrassment to all decent Australians.

I intend to push for a Bill of Rights for Australian needs as outlined by Geoffrey Robertson at the 2009 Byron Writers Festival.

4. ASYLUM SEEKERS

I BELIEVE issues 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.

I WILL work to separate the issues of people trafficking from the processing of refugees. I will also support the humane treatment of those seeking asylum, and the resettlement of genuine refugees.

5. TRANSPORT

I BELIEVE we face at least 4 major crises in this 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.

6. ECONOMICS

I BELIEVE the Byron/Tweed area needs to diversify its economy. We are the food bowl of NSW and most of eastern Australia. This is our  responsibility and priority. We are too dependent on Building and Development. While developers claim this creates local  jobs, the reality is these jobs are mainly temporary, short- term, not sustained, often going to people from outside the area who leave as soon as they have finished.

I support a diversified economy based on eco-tourism, value-adding, and  boutique/cottage industries to bring life back to the farming sector, and to provide tourists with food (and wine) trails as an alternative to Gold Coast type entertainment.

7.  MENTAL HEALTH

I BELIEVE, as a psychologist, that mental health and suicide are two separate but interrelated issues. They are both increasing at an alarming rate among people of all ages. My recent work in planning the construction of new schools in South Australia and Victoria required expanded spaces for the projected rapid increase in students with disabilities- mental and physical.

  • Mental health is usually a chronic condition which requires sensitive and ongoing management.
  • Suicide is usually acute/sudden, well-planned, and irreversible. In my experience it is usually caused by a sense of hopelessness, and/or extreme pain (emotional, physical, spiritual and other causes) making a police response to a suicide threat totally inappropriate and more likely to exacerbate the problem.

I totally support and  endorse the proposals of  Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year! I will push to provide

  • more comprehensive counseling for families of suicide victims.
  • better support for the families of those with mental illness,
  • more appropriate and integrated services for those with mental conditions.
  • a focus on RESILIENT COMMUNITIES where the principles of Resiliency are determined/extrapolated/understood/investigated/discussed

8.  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 Gaia analogy where the earth is likened to a human body ie- earth surface/human skin; rivers/arteries etc. I believe we need to see the health of the planet in the same way we see the health of the human body.
  • 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.

9.  PAPER/TIMBER

I BELIEVE old growth forests must be protected.

  • Plantations can provide sufficient renewable timber for our current need.
  • I support the wider use of natural, rapidly renewable products such as hemp (non thc) and bamboo.
  • I do not support the widespread destruction of natural habitat for farming purposes and believe the main focus of the Tweed must be on food production.

*I am running a budget campaign with as little waste as possible. I am not printing costly and wasteful brochures and believe the major parties should spend their money on services rather than advertising.

10. POPULATION

Dick Smith’s population documentary highlighted the key issues that are not being discussed in this election and why. I believe population pressure on this area is massive right now and we do not have the infrastructure to cope, nor can we eat houses, or drink desalinated water from systems rusted out before they even start ! As Kelvin Thompson stated yesterday, the population debate has been skewed by self-interested speculative developers funding major parties and preventing any intelligent discussion about a range of issues of real interest to normal people.

BIODIVERSITY

The Far North Coast is the most biologically diverse region in New South Wales. In fact, it has a biodiversity the equivalent of Kakadu. I have proposed that the Minister responsible for sustaining Biodiverity in NSW needs to be renamed the Minister for Reckless Endangerment- whoever is in office with current state policies! As a biological scientist (my first degree) I established the Australian Centre for Ecoliteracy which educates around how human systems need to emulate natural systems. One of the principles is sustainability. Another is diversity.

I fully support the recommendation of the Boobook Declaration which can be found at  www.boobook.org.au

TECHNOLOGY

I BELIEVE we urgently need low-cost, faster broadband across Australia. Many areas of Asia and Eastern Europe have better services. I am also very aware (because one of my companies was involved with non-Telstra majors) that we could have had this resolved in 2002 if Telstra had cooperated.

I support a national broadband system.

TAXATION

I BELIEVE our tax system needs further reform to enable tax breaks for people and organisations who are prepared to invest in education. I fully support tax breaks for sporting clubs and events which encourage fitness. I do not support ‘sports’ that involve burning fossil fuels rather than fat cells. I also do not believe in a ‘fair go for billionaires’ who are focused on personal wealth generation rather than social entrepreneurship.

I WILL lobby to stop tax breaks for motor sports and enable more for philanthropic investment in education and environmentally integrated endeavours. We also need a tax system which encourages the wealthy to contribute to the benefit of the social and environmental improvement and not just focus on personal wealth building.


INTEREST RATES

I BELIEVE in transparent financial information and education. Most of us are not privy to the machinations of the global economy, however the impact of the lack of regulation was clear in the Global Financial Crisis.  A silence remains around the fact that the Global Economy is still jittery.

I support

  • Financial education for students and teachers.
  • More effective adult education on financial longevity.
  • Access to meaningful and manageable employment for older Australians who wish to keep working.
  • Increasing rather than reducing  incentives for low income earners while they make  an effective transition to work i.e. by not reducing penalties to existing benefits.

MARRIAGE

I believe we need to split marriage away from weddings. The ‘industry’ which has grown up around weddings detracts from the solemnity of marriage. To drastically reduce the divorce rate, I propose that we adopt European and Japanese attitudes which require both forms, and that people be required to be married as a civil union for a minimum of 12 months before they can have a ‘wedding’.

Re 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. My personal experience as a psychologist is that children are far more likely to be the subject of abuse in heterosexual unions where they may not be wanted than in gay unions where they are clearly wanted.

WIND TURBINES

I understand concerns that wind turbines are endangering bird life. I am heartened to know that there is a Federal Department dedicated to addressing this issue. I know as a friend of mine has a son who heads it up!

AFGHANISTAN

I BELIEVE that war is atrocious. I fully support those who choose to join the armed forces, particularly those engaged in education and self determination, and sincerely hope they will be deployed in more humanitarian endeavours in the future.

The problem with this war is that there is no end in sight.

I intend to push for an articulated exit plan, even if there needs to be flexibility in the execution of the plan.

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 WILL work towards more effective mediation and support/grief counselling for both partners who may be faced with a dreadful decision if there is dissent.

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 rusting out before it was commissioned have demonstrated that desalination 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 ageing. 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

-public transport
– 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.

Education

Environment

Major infrastructure

Dentistry

Childcare

Campaign jingles /Treat us like idiots/ Boring ads

Grocery prices

Asylum seekers

Older women

Aging population

Younger people and their interest in this country

Old people in parliament!

Technology

Government spending

Represent all people regardless of gender etc

Same sex marriage

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Responses

  1. Good on you Julie, I love what you are trying to do
    and would like to support you.

    • Thanks Diti. I appreciate that very much. Lots of ways you can be supportive – hit the internet and facebook/twitter and get the message out, help on polling day, put a few dollars in the bank, every cent helps!, or- help with ‘ambush marketing’- I’m trying the subliminal stuff by just walking around wearing a tee shirt with ‘Thinking Independent, Vote Julie Boyd’ on it. They cost about $10 to produce using a Rivers tee shirt and an iron on transfer. I will put a jpeg on the homepage and ‘how you can help’ page Cheers

  2. I am so pleased that the Richmond electorate has finally managed to provide us with a candidate who is truly engaged with the issues that concern us all. I particularly appreciate the fact that you are looking to the future Julie: I myself have (as yet) no grandchildren, but always measure my actions by how they will affect future generations. Go for it girl!

    • Thanks Princess F. I appreciate your comments. I believe there are so many issues that need to be responded to directly in this electorate that seem to be ignored and the community needs a champion to make sure we’re heading in a direction that will make our grandbabies safe and proud. The 7th generation principle of the Native Americans is a wonderful credo to live by, ie that every decision we make we should consider the impact on 7 generations hence. I’m No 7 on the ballot which is kind of a coincidence!

  3. Hi Julie, congrats for standing and all the best. I want to ask you if you will be preferencing the Greens, as they are strong on many of the issues you mention and have developed a good balance between progressive politics, principle and pragmatism? I simply cannot vote for the old Liberal, Nats or Labor parties that display no principle or conviction any more.

    • Hi Peter. Thank you. Your comment reinforces what I’ve been hearing from a lot of people – that’s why I decided to stand as an Independent. People are telling me they are fed up with the majors right now and I think the best way to change the way governance occurs in this country is to do two things 1. We are too over-governed so need to get rid of one level. The question is which one, and 2. Stop the ‘partying’ by putting more Independents and Greens in, and calling for conscience votes- not toeing party lines would bring real debate into the house. The problem is that so much money gets thrown by the major parties at election times, and it’s really difficult for an Independent to get their message out (unless you’re a celebrity of course!). I’m watching the lobbying for preferences with great interest at the moment, and am trying to encourage everyone to take to the internet, facebook, etc and give the genuine Independents a leg-up wherever you can.

  4. Valuable info provided on you website. I haven’t checked the major party websites and don’t think I’ll bother. We need more genuine Independents representing the interests of our local communities to make the elected government work harder and do its job properly and with complete transparency.
    GOOD LUCK.

    • Thanks Ross. Much appreciated. That’s why I threw my hat in the ring this time. If we can get even a couple of Independents up in this election it’s feasibly possible they could hold the balance which would make politicians much more accountable. I’d invite you to check back again before the election as there will be more info going up on a daily basis.

  5. Dunoon, The Channon etc are on the border Richmond/Page electorates near Lismore. Don’t forget about us.

    • Haven’t forgotton about you guys at all. I was at the last market for a while. Am more than happy to come and meet people for an informal chat this week if anyone is interested- and that goes for other areas as well. I’m just not ‘doorknocking’ or ‘vote-begging’. More than happy to chat- but I wait to be invited! Tyalgum people invited me up to the festival which was a chance to talk to some lovely people. Cheers

  6. Could please let me know what you think about defferent religion? Do you support Islam? Also are you going to support pensioners and what are they going to achieve by voting for you? We have a large number of pensioners in our Area.

    Thanks,

    • Hello Mariam and thank you for your questions.

      I am very concerned about all pensioners, not just those who are aged pensioners. I do not believe this is being considered enough by the major parties at all. I think we have a very big problem coming up in the near future, particularly with older women, and we need special consideration and community-based programs to help. I believe there are many more ways we can work together as a community to support pensioners and each other that may not need to cost a lot of money. It’s all about how willing we are to care about each other, and I do have a program called ‘Creating Resilient Communities’ that I work with. However there are also going to be increasing demands on people’s money and living standards and this will be very much the case under any of the major parties. We need to talk as a community about programs like ‘adopt a grandparent’, and ‘building extended families’ (both of which I have worked with very successfully) as well as look at ways to maximize the small incomes that pensioners have to try and live on.
      In terms of religion, I was always taught when I was young that everyone is entitled to their beliefs as long as they don’t hurt anyone else and that has been a good way for me to try and live. I am not a religious person but I am a very spiritual person who believes that if we seek to find the things we all share in common, this is much better than focusing on our differences. The Islamic people that I have met are good people who are trying to live as good Australians and are just as worried about extreme ideas as the rest of us are. Extreme ideas do happen in all religions and I believe that most people are equally concerned about all of them. I hope this has answered your question.

  7. Thanks for your quick response. Count on my vote. I was very satisfied with your reply.

    Mariam

    • Thank you Mariam for the opportunity to respond to your questions

  8. Great blog Julie. I was once asked to stand for the Australian Democrats and my blog would have reflected your views almost exactly!

    Congratulations on having the courage and energy to stand as an Independent. I considered the personal ramifications of standing and wimped out. I am writing this on the day before the polls and am very glad I found your blog.

    I have decided to give you my first preference, not because I expect you will be elected (though that would be delightful): but because I strongly believe in pluralism and think a good result would be a hung parliament with who ever wins government needing the support of independents and (a) green(s). I would also hope the government’s electoral funding from my vote will accrue to you!

    Good Luck tomorrow Julie!

    • Thanks Cap’n. Much appreciated. Who knows- maybe miracles are possible! There certainly seem to be a lot of thoughtful voters out there right now who are looking for a good alternative. I believe we will end up with a hung parliament so sensible Independents will be crucial.

      Cheers

  9. I’ve just found your website, from the ‘Tweed Echo’. After a soulless political campaign from the major parties, I’m gladdened to discover how you have approached this election campaign. It is a breath of fresh air. I now know who I want to represent the Richmond electorate. Good luck with tomorrow’s event

    • Thanks John. Much appreciated


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