Rise Up Australia’s Senate Candidate Irwin Ross has sent us in his answers to your questions.
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You can find the questions here.
1. What are your views on euthanasia?
Rise Up Australia is pro-life and supports doing everything possible to protect lives.
2. Do you support a High Speed Rail Link between Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne?
Yes. One of our policies would be to ensure that Australia provides a transport and communications infrastructure that serves the needs of a modern ‘first-world’ productive economy and that provides for the social interactions of all Australians: this means we need a coherent transport policy that integrates road, rail, air, coastal shipping; we affirm that vital transport infrastructure (Qantas, airports, major rails, ports, freeways etc) should have majority ownership by Australian citizens or governments; we favour a fully or partly government-owned Very Fast Train between Melbourne and Sydney (then Brisbane).
3. Are you comfortable with the distribution of wealth in modern day Australia?
Rise Up Australia believe that government funding should be directed into the areas that are needed the most, i.e. helping the poor and needy/homeless; funnelling more funds into the areas of health; and directing funds into developing a world-class education system.
4. Recent polling (Auspoll) shows housing affordability to be a critical issue for a majority of Australians, with 84% of respondents saying it was important to them or their families, putting housing affordability ahead of issues such as education, border security, the NBN and NDIS.
The same poll also revealed that 84% of respondents also believe that Australia is not performing well on housing affordability.
Australian Governments are failing badly on this issue of critical importance to Australians.
What would you do to improve housing affordability?
Housing affordability relates to the CPI, the Reserve Bank and its decisions, people’s supply and demand, how people view the nation and the future of their nation. The federal government can implement all sorts of initiatives, but it all comes down to local governments. Housing affordability is very much tied in with world economics also, and there is not a lot that governments can do to sway that, otherwise they would be guilty of interfering with free enterprise.
5. To me the NBN seems like a great idea, can you tell me why you think it’s ace/a dumb idea.
Rise Up Australia definitely agree with the NBN. We would look into policies that encourage high-class infrastructure within Australia.
6. Do you think cyclists should be registered?!
Rise Up Australia do not believe that cyclists need to be registered. We do not see any advantage in doing this, in fact we believe that if registration of cyclists was mandatory, it would discourage people from getting on their bikes and riding, as it would be an unnecessary added expense.
7. What is your position on gay marriage?
Rise Up Australia want to protect the traditional family unit, comprising man, woman and children; to promote marriage (as defined in the Marriage Act 2004) as an institution that provides the best nurturing environment for children and that has substantial economic benefits for society; while recognising that adults are free to pursue their own sexuality in private, we do not agree with the promotion of homosexuality as a normal practice in schools and in public; we affirm the basic right for a child to have both a male and a female as its parents (and to know why they are) in the best interests of the child; we oppose same-sex marriage, bigamy, polygamy and Centrelink funding of such and similar practices.
8. Would you be willing to cross the floor on matters of strong personal conscience or of significant concern for your electorate?
Rise Up Australia operates on biblical principles and has strong convictions that concur with social justice values. Rise Up endeavours to make the best decisions possible with the information and resources it has at the time concerning matters of conscience. Rise Up Australia will make ethical decisions that will be justified based on an ethical framework.
9. What are your views on the NSA collecting private information of Australian citizens and corporations, of the Australian government’s participation in similar programmes, and of the apparent silence of Australian politicians on the matter?
Rise Up Australia wants to reduce the influence of external organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations (UN) on Australia’s domestic policies and assets. At the same time, we are committed to working with these organisations to benefit mankind. Rise Up Australia believes that collection of private information of Australian citizens should not be undertaken by sources outside of Australia, without their prior consent or knowledge.
10. We hear so much negativity about the opposition when election time rolls around– what three things do you consider to be positive about any of your opponents and why?
Rise Up Australia are aware that during election time many candidates fall into the trap of speaking out negatively towards their opposition, and we are strongly opposed to this. Even though we may not agree with some of their policies, Rise Up Australia respects our opponents’ freedom of speech, which is one of our top priorities. We seek to honour and respect the opposition, even if we do not agree with their policies.