The CDP Policy Platform is updated during election campaigns.
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Law and Order
Law and order is a foundation of society’s social order and business confidence. As such it needs to be balanced with a moral social code, an effective law enforcement, and an efficient judiciary and a wisely governed penal system that seeks to restore convicted persons where possible to good contributors to society.
The economic decisions made for a community determine the financial well-being of each person in that community. A healthy economy is one where people are able to get a meaningful and sufficiently remunerated job that allows a balance between work and non-work times. CDP holds to ensuring a healthy environment for business to start and grow, ultimately contributing to job growth and a stronger economy for the country
Quality education is fundamental to a prosperous and equal society. Education must be about inherent objectivity including life skills and training students towards life beyond the education system capable of diverse career choices. The so called 3R’s (Reading, Writing & Arithmetic) and parental rights to have a say in their children’s education must be foundational of the education system. CDP supports Special Religious Education (SRE) and Scripture classes as a mainstream option in our schools, and a basic right for children to explore the faith of their family.
Human survival globally is dependent upon the natural world. We are called to be stewards of the environment, ensuring the right balance is struck between the good and sustainable use of the earth. Our living world is the environment in which we live and we must live with the consequences of how we manage it. Economic paradigm of maximising exploitation of the natural resources must be balanced with a caretaking and sustainability paradigm.
The responsibility of a civilized society is to care for the vulnerable, marginalised, elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. In Australia this has been managed through policy of a safety net which needs to be sustainable and fair and available for those who genuinely need it.
It is imperative that every family has a place to call home – a place that provides stability, security, safety and a nurturing connection to family and community. The development of housing affordability in Australia has historically been maintained by housing supplied through the government department – Housing Commission, which successfully housed the population over two generations in affordable adequate housing. The abandonment of this to economic rationalist market forces (private developers) has resulted in the housing affordability crisis. We believe a return to government housing department focussing on building (as opposed to it currently being a rental facility) is essential to first home affordability. A review of the government charges on land developments is urgently needed.
Truth in labelling: We purchase products that are packaged influenced by the words written on the label and as such this information must be able to be depended upon. We will pursue policies for accurate labelling of all packaged products and appropriate health disclosures.
CDP is for jobs in the community. Support local industry, local jobs, “build it here”. We believe a fair economy and society is one where each person who wants a job can attain one at a fair remuneration. CDP understands the importance of a strong economy that facilitates jobs for the people of NSW. CDP proactively works to advocate for jobs growth for the state and vote according to this value.
Health Care should be available, accessible and affordable.
The CDP is committed to ensuring we do everything within our power to ensure NSW delivers a first-class health system for the broad population cities, urban and regional population.
Each nation needs to manage its immigration so that there is a balance of visitors and immigrants that will contribute positively to the nation. In the last several years we have seen a rise in immigration that has outpaced infrastructure and potentially affecting housing affordability, health affordability, and employment declines, and a strain on the social security system resulting in community disquiet towards some new immigrants. This has the potential to change the character of the Australian society. Immigration needs to be carefully managed, taken on the advice of demographic experts and not growth economics.
The general purpose of the Defence Forces is to defend the national interests and it needs to be fully equipped with modern and effective equipment and operating systems. The Defence Force, as all other departments of government, must comply with the same laws of all Australians. The Defence Forces should not be used against Australian citizens, except in the case of internal terrorism or anti-democratic groups. The primary function of Defence Forces is to protect the citizens of Australia. When necessary the Defence Forces may assist in national emergencies.
There is real social and economic value to have strong infrastructure programs of roads, bridges, hospitals, airports, water ways and power supply be steady and affordable. It is pertinent to remember that projects should be planned to facilitate future generations, not just short term objectives. One of the huge imperatives must be that all infrastructures must become accessible to all of the population, especially the elderly and to those with disabilities. Where identified by expert advice, that urgent implementation of recommended infrastructure safety systems be prioritised as soon as possible after identification of access and safety concerns.
The traditional marriage between one man and one woman has held a special place in the life of our communities for centuries and it seems unwise to discard this unique definition of marriage. It is also notable that this traditional man/woman marriage is supported by non-religious groups, atheists, and throughout all faiths, and as it represents a broad section of the population, should be protected as a proven contribution to social and democratic stability. We do note the changes that have been made to the Marriage Act and we are carefully examining the full consequences of this decision.
Numerous studies have proven that Gambling has a negative social impact related to the associated addictions, financial deprivation of dependents and criminal aspects. Although recognising that is one of those things that can be a source of harmless entertainment for controlled individuals, the social and socio-economic downsides are significant enough that a robust examination of the gambling industry is warranted, considering; raising age access limits, advertising restriction in line with tobacco, and poker machine return % to players.