Farming, Animal Welfare and Fisheries Policy
For the good health of all Australians, and as a matter of national pride, security and sovereignty, it is critically important that we have a secure, vibrant and healthy farming industry capable of supplying all our nation’s food needs.
It is a failure of policy and planning that we have allowed ourselves to be placed into a position where we have become reliant upon importation of substandard food goods. It is completely unacceptable, and may well be tantamount to treason! Under the ASP debit tax policy, all existing taxation will be abolished except for import duties and tariffs. This will have many positive benefits that will help rapidly restore local food production capacity, and therefore re-establish our national food security interests.
We make no apologies for our protectionist policies, which in this instance includes greatly increasing duties on imported food goods (especially on fresh/frozen produce and meat) such that it provides great stimulus and incentive for Australian farmers to fill the gap and meet the local market needs.
Further stimulus to farming will come about as a result of the provisions in our private property policy, the abolition of council rates, land taxes and levies, and the provision of better infrastructure to rural farming areas, including better roads and rail, and a national drought proofing infrastructure project that will bring greater water security to farmers.
The ASP will go to no ends to support our farmers, however we expect that by implementing our tax, monetary, infrastructure and private property policies, and increasing import duties on food goods, there will be little need for any direct intervention into the farming sector in order to promote food security.
Beyond these general positions, we do have some specific policy points regarding agriculture, animal welfare and fisheries as defined below:
As per ASP health and environment policies, we will be rapidly phasing out GMO’s, and heavily restricting the use of harmful toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Over a transitional period, we will require and assist farmers to switch to biological organic production methods as a minimum, but bio-dynamic and permaculture based farming as an ideal.
The ASP will make every effort to ensure Aussie farmers are equipped with the right education, tools and finance to transition to these more holistic and environmentally friendly farming methods. These days there are a range of highly effective, safe and natural alternatives to deal with weeds and pests that farmers can take advantage of, so it is critical we move away from the use of carcinogenic (cancer causing) glyphosates and other toxic substances that have no place being used on our food supply.
We do understand that it can at times represent a greater labour cost to be farming in these more eco-friendly ways, but we expect that the extra labour costs associated with it will be more than offset by virtue of our eliminating all existing taxation, rates and levies. Moreover, farmers can feel more at peace knowing that they are providing Australians with health enhancing products.
Even if the overall cost of food goods to the consumer are slightly increased, the average person will be so much better off financially under our economic policies that it won’t be a burden to them, and the extra cost will be worth it, because a public that eats organic and bio-dynamic produce will in fact become healthier, and therefore the dependence on the public health system will be reduced, as people live longer and healthier.
Ensuring that Australian agriculture transitions to biological farming, organic/biodynamic right across the board is in fact a fundamental aspect of our health policy, and how we intend on improving the health of the nation. In this effort, we want to see the widespread use of natural and sustainable fertilisers (such as that created from vermiculture), natural weed killers, combined with adding a more broad spectrum mineral composition, and enzymes to improve the health of the soil, therefore improving the health of the plants, and therefore the health of the people who eat those plants.
Other points to note:
The ASP genuinely believes in the need to ensure animals are treated humanely. The most important reason for animals to be treated well, is ultimately because we believe people need to be treated well. How a society chooses to treat its animals can often be a reflection upon how we treat each other as human beings, and so we must help to instil an attitude of kindness and respect toward animals, just as we need to treat each other with kindness and respect.
To help improve society’s attitude towards animals, where possible we will encourage schools to keep some smaller farm animals on school grounds, and have the students learn to tend to them, in as much as we will encourage schools to have the students participate in growing organic produce on school grounds.
As an organisation that places the sanctity of human life above everything else, along with our right to be free, healthy and long lived, we must develop a culture of doing our utmost to protect our natural environment, and the living creatures that inhabit that environment, not for the sake of the environment itself, or even for the sake of animals, but for our sake, for the sake of humanity. A healthy clean environment, with healthy fauna, leads to a great benefit for humanity. It is for humans’ sake we wish to see animals well treated.
Another very important reason we need to treat our animals well, particularly animals that are destined to end up on our plate, is because we who eat the meat should have the best quality meat for the sake of our good health. Animals that are poorly treated, sick, undernourished and stressed, will provide us with poor quality meat.
Moreover, animals that are slaughtered in an inhumane and traumatic manner often have stress hormones pumping throughout their blood at point of death, which can then saturate the meat and lead to it becoming somewhat toxic and unfit for human consumption. We must ensure animals are slaughtered in the most humane manner possible, so that ultimately people, humanity, can benefit from healthier better quality meat. This is about humanity “reaping what we sow”. If we sow into keeping healthy happy animals, we will reap the benefits health wise when we eat of the meat provided.
Therefore, apart from developing and fostering a more caring attitude towards nature and all living creatures, to ensure we uphold animal welfare the ASP will do the following:
Australia has one of the largest exclusive economic zones EEZ (maritime boarders) in the world, being 10.2 million square kilometres. We have exclusive access to huge ocean areas that could provide us with an abundance of fish, so we should not be relying on the importation of such large volumes of fish as we presently do.
We consider the Australian EEZ as public commons, that the bounty of fish stocks provided to us by nature should rightfully belong to all Australians, much in the same way as other Australian natural resources do. Therefore, we will uphold a revised system of licensing for commercial fishing operators, whereby they will bid for fishing quotas.
A portion of the funds generated by the license fees will be paid out to all Australian citizens in combination to the natural resource wealth dividends they will receive every year on their birthday. A portion of the funds will be set aside for research and study into sustainable management of our fisheries, to ensure Australia can extract the highest volume of fish without leading to overfishing and unsustainable loss of fish stocks.
We do however believe there is evidence that Australia could open up to a larger total annual fishing quota than we currently allow, there should be no reason why a nation of 24 million should rely on importation of such large quantities of fish when we have one of the largest EEZ’s in the world. In bringing in the fish quota, we will not permit the use of super trawlers, since they cause needless environmental harm and often capture protected species.
As per the ASP defence policy, the capacity of our navy and air force will be greatly expanded, and will be tasked to allocate sufficient resources to ensure the integrity of our EEZ and maritime boarders are maintained, to ensure foreign fishing vessels are not accessing our waters, or people smugglers are attempting to reach the shore.
Special Note: Fishing licenses will cover "commercial" fishing. The ASP will not require fishing licenses for individuals seeking to do some recreational fishing, especially if the fish caught is for their own sustenance. However, this freedom should not be abused. If private fishers are gaining a regular financial benefit from their fishing activities, they would need to seek some basic fishing permit.
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