Public Servants and Accountability Policy
It is vitally important that people are able to rely upon and trust our elected representatives, public servants, bureaucrats and media to act honestly, diligently and for the best interests of the Australian people. The public have good reasons to be cynical and mistrusting of government and the media, and so the Australia Sovereignty Party would like to restore public confidence in the system by ensuring that greater transparency and accountability upheld.
The government should be there to serve the people, not the other way around, and we the Sovereign people of Australia must remind them of this. If elected, the ASP will restore true accountability and honesty. We will open all the books, reveal all hidden information, nothing will be kept from the people to whom we serve unless it is a matter of immediate national security. With an ASP government there will be no more secrets, no more lies, no cover-ups, no deception, and no more governing for the best interests of the bankers, the multinationals, the mining companies, and other offshore globalist organisations.
In this effort to restore public confidence in our elected representatives, unelected bureaucracies and the media, the ASP proposes a number of policies as detailed below that include:
1. Establishment of a citizens auditing team.
To ensure full accountability and transparency, the ASP supports the concept of employing a group of 200 citizen auditors once a year for a period of up to 3 months. Ideally, these citizen auditors will hold certain qualifications and experience such as lawyers, accountants, school teachers, scientists, business operators, ministers of religion etc. These citizens would be selected from the community much in the same way people are randomly chosen for jury duty. They will work with a team of professional advisors and auditors that can assist them in conducting their examinations.
The special team of citizen auditors, being sworn to uphold the truth and protect privacy where relevant, will have far reaching powers to search at will any and all Federal government records, expenditures, receipts, transactions, and to scrutinise government dealings and operations in any areas they deem essential or desirable to investigate (including intelligence operations). Not even the Prime Minister's office will be exempt from being searched and or questioned.
Full cooperation and compliance will be required of all government departments, ministers and bureaucrats, to assist with the citizen auditing team if requested. At the expiry of their 3 month investigation, they will jointly present a written account and report on their findings to the Australian people, which will be published in all major newspapers and on the internet for all to see.
A truly accountable government (like that which the ASP can form) should have nothing to fear in establishing and empowering such a citizen auditing body to ensure that government remains honest, and to prevent the kind of endemic corruption that is plaguing current governmental regimes. In addition to this, we support the idea of extending these citizen auditing bodies (on a smaller scale) to audit state and local governments/councils. The government is supposed to be our servants, not our masters, and if they will not choose to be honest and accountable, their corruption will be exposed.
2. Review of public servants salaries and entitlements.
The public have good cause to question government and bureaucrat salaries and entitlements, since they draw their wages from the public coffers. There are of course a large number of people who are employed in the public service one way or another; everyone from parliamentary staffers, to legal representatives, economists and financial experts, bureaucrats and department heads, elected Senators, MP’s, ministers and many more.
It is important that everyone employed in the public service is remunerated accordingly, and such remuneration must take into account how much work is required, the level of responsibility involved and a range of other factors like the need to attract appropriately skilled professionals from the private sector. There are perhaps some people in the public service who are receiving extraordinarily generous salaries and entitlement packages, whilst others could rightly be receiving more.
In the last few years, various heads of departments like the director-general of the Office of National Assessments, and the Federal Police Commissioner have had pay increases of over 20% and are now enjoying annual salaries of well over half a million dollars. It is very important that the public are able to understand these salaries, and that such remuneration packages be justifiable.
It is the position of the ASP that remuneration and entitlements should revolve around the following:
3. Establishment of elected law officers
In the United States, many local counties hold elections for the office of County Sheriff. The Sheriff, being popularly elected by the people, is technically supposed to be the highest ranking law officer in that area or jurisdiction.
There are many examples where good and honest Sheriffs, whilst upholding the US constitution and Bill of Rights, have over-ruled and prevented federal agents from engaging in unconstitutional, illegal and tyrannical actions against local residents, often in cases regarding private property or tax enforcement actions.
As we champion accountability in government and the judiciary, the Australian Sovereignty Party would like to see a similar system introduced into Australia.
If elected, ASP will instigate an investigation into the feasibility of introducing a similar system in Australia, where a local person will be appointed or elected to a position of Judicial Procedural Over-site Officer. (JPO)
This person, to be eligible, shall have extensive experience in either law enforcement or Law prosecution. (ie; a retired police officer of the rank of Inspector or above or a Lawyer with extensive criminal Law experience).
This person will have ultimate power to intervene in any action by law enforcement officers of ANY jurisdiction, where complaints or concerns arise that the said agency, whether state or Federal, is not complying with both the written law, the intention of the law, and the Constitution.
The local JPO’s primary role is to ensure the constitution and bill of rights (proposed) is upheld, and that private property rights are respected. Secondary to that role would be to help uphold the peace.
For too long the Australian constitution and the people’s inalienable rights have been ignored by Government agencies and Law enforcement Officers as they are not appropriately educated on our Constitutions, either State or Federal, nor have been imbued with a determination to uphold the people’s rights above all things.
The local JPO will be able to draw upon the members and equipment of the local police force where necessary and requested. The local police officers will be subject to the JPO’s authority in conducting various operations that fall within the JPO’s mandate from time to time.
We believe that these special law representatives will help to bring back accountability, and help to uphold the rights and freedoms of the public, particularly when threatened by out of control or corrupted bureaucracies (which will hopefully be a thing of the past under an ASP government). We must have checks and balances!
4. An overhaul of the voting system
It is evident that we currently have an electoral environment that is largely biased towards the preservation of the two-party system at the expense and restraint of smaller parties who express views and positions that are just as valid, if not often better, than that of the major parties. Of course, the pundits will claim that we need to maintain a bias towards keeping the two-party system so that we can have stable governance. This is a very short-sighted and fundamentally flawed view.
However, with the proper limitations on government in place, particularly when the people employ their right to lawful and binding referenda as prescribed in our Citizens Initiated Referendum policy, it will matter little what the composition of government looks like, since its power and influence upon the population, the economy, and people's daily lives shall rightfully be kept minimal.
Therefore, based on this view, the Australian Sovereignty Party’s policy regarding elections is that the entire process should be based on the principles and spirit of true democracy to ensure a fair go for all parties in contest, and to level the playing field such that elections become a genuine contest of ideas and policy.
Furthermore, no tax-payer sourced pre-election funding shall ever be furnished upon any political party. A political party, regardless of whether or not they are currently sitting as government, shall receive funding based only upon the quantity of primary votes that they receive. Free advertising shall be provided in the form of air time apportioned to the political parties that meet the criteria, and any additional advertising must be paid for by their own expense. The free air time provided should be allocated based on a combination between the size of the party’s membership, and how many sitting members of parliament they may already have.
During an election cycle, strict rules shall be applied to major media outlets to ensure they do not show partiality towards any political party. The media must allow all political parties and registered independents to purchase air time for advertising, and shall not discriminate in quotation of the advertising costs.
Additionally, we will do the following to bring greater fairness, transparency and accountability into the voting system.
5. A system that upholds greater media accountability
The media holds a position of great responsibility in society, and so must uphold the highest levels of transparency, accountability and honesty. It is essential for any free and democratic society to have a trusted news media that will accurately report on all the issues that affect the nation.
To ensure accurate and honest reporting is upheld, the ASP proposes the following:
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