Policies and Procedures of the Family First Party


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Family First is a mainstream conservative party which believes in strong families, strong values and a strong Australia.

1. Strong Families
A job, a home, your finances under control, a safe neighbourhood to live in, a secure retirement and a few of life’s small pleasures (going on holiday, getting your hair done, going out to dinner). These all contribute to healthy families. Family First believes public finances should be diverted from expensive (high taxing) governments to families. When we say families, we include extended families - mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren.

2. Strong Values
Values are the foundation of a nation. Family First believes in the importance of values. Values like telling the truth, living within your means, hard work, respect, courtesy, compassion, courage, generosity. But when we see cronyism, wastefulness, backstabbing, price gouging by government agencies (water prices, power prices, land prices) and politicians spending millions of dollars on themselves while hospitals are being closed and pensioners can’t afford to heat or cool their homes, we know there is a lack of values and a failure of leadership.

3. Strong Australia
Anything not based on economic reality is doomed to failure. Whether it’s farming, mining, tourism or small business, it is a truism that capital goes where it is made welcome and stays where it gets looked after. And whilst Australia is indeed blessed with abundant natural resources, Australia’s real wealth is not beneath the ground, it is between the ears! Family First believes property rights, free markets, voluntary arrangements and effective safety nets provide the best opportunity for Australia and Australians to prosper. A strong and prosperous nation builds up its infrastructure - roads, ports, power stations, airports and telecommunications. It also has strong defence capabilities and is able to afford the latest and best equipment for its defence forces. Australia needs a political party which understands business and how markets work; how and why investment decisions are made; how real jobs are created; and that ‘barriers to entry’ to getting a job causes unemployment.

There is no doubt politics in Australia is going through a very bad patch at the moment. Families are under pressure, values are deteriorating, Australia is getting weaker not stronger.

Australian families deserve better. Australia deserves better.

Strong families, strong values, a strong Australia.

Vote 1, Family First.


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Policies and Procedures of the Family First Party

  1. 1. The Policies &Procedures of theFamily First PartyStrong Families. Strong Values. Strong Australia.FAMILY FIRST
  2. 2. PagePrimary Aim 1Welcome 2History 3Organisational structure 4Policies 5 - 6Candidate pre-selection 7Members & Supporters 8State Divisions 9Contact Us 10CONTENTSPRIMARYAIM• To be an eligible political party within the meaning of the CommonwealthElectoral Act for the purpose of nominating and endorsing candidates forelection to Federal and State Parliaments so as to advance the aims of the Party.• To prepare, promote and support legislation which will result in the health,wellbeing, welfare, safety and unity of families in Australia.• To oppose legislation which would impact negatively upon families.• To promote and encourage community support for the education andprovision of assistance to reduce the impact of family breakdown in Australia.• To have 12 Senators and hold the balance of power in the Australian Senate.• To become the third force in Australian politics.• To set the Agenda in the key policy areas which strengthen families, strengthenvalues and strengthen Australia.• For Australia to be a‘role model’to emerging nations. Of the 200 countriesin the world, approximately 150 of them are either third world or emergingnations. Our vision for Australia is to be an example to these nations.The objectives of Family First are:Our vision:1
  3. 3. TO FAMILY FIRSTWELCOMEFamily First is a mainstreamconservative party which believes instrong families, strong values and astrong Australia.Family First believes families shouldbe at the centre of Australian life, notpolitics or government bureaucracy.1. Strong FamiliesA job, a home, your finances undercontrol, a safe neighbourhood tolive in, a secure retirement and a fewof life’s small pleasures (going onholiday, getting your hair done, goingout to dinner). These all contribute tohealthy families.Family First believes public financesshould be diverted from expensive(high taxing) governments to families.When we say families, we includeextended families - mothers, fathers,sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts,cousins, grandparents, grandchildren.2. Strong ValuesValues are the foundation of a nation.Family First believes in the importanceof values. Values like telling thetruth, living within your means, hardwork, respect, courtesy, compassion,courage, generosity. But when we seecronyism, wastefulness, backstabbing,price gouging by governmentagencies (water prices, power prices,land prices) and politicians spendingmillions of dollars on themselveswhile hospitals and health servicesare being cut and pensioners can’tafford to heat or cool their homes, weknow there is a lack of values and afailure of leadership.2Bob Day AOFederal Chairman3. Strong Australia Anything not based on economicreality is doomed to failure. Whetherit’s mining, farming, manufacturing,tourism or small business, it is a truismthat capital goes where it is madewelcome and stays where it getslooked after. And whilst Australia isindeed blessed with abundant naturalresources, Australia’s real wealth is notbeneath the ground, it is between theears! Family First believes propertyrights, free markets, voluntaryarrangements and effective safetynets provide the best opportunity forAustralia and Australians to prosper.A strong and prosperous nationbuilds up its infrastructure - roads,ports, power stations, airports andtelecommunications. It also has strongdefence capabilities and is able toafford the latest and best equipmentfor its defence forces. Australia needsa political party which understandsbusiness and how markets work; howand why investment decisions aremade; how real jobs are created; andthat‘barriers to entry’to getting a jobcauses unemployment.There is no doubt politics in Australia isgoing through a very bad patch at themoment. Families are under pressure,values are deteriorating, Australia isgetting weaker not stronger.Australian families deserve better.Australia deserves better.Strong families, strong values, a strongAustralia.Vote 1, Family First.
  4. 4. Many great organisations and politicalmovements - the abolition of slavery,the civil rights movement, publiceducation, public hospitals, socialwelfare and aged care organisationsstarted in churches. Motivated by asense of concern for others, peopleof goodwill established schools,hospitals, welfare agencies and manyother lasting endeavours.Family First began the same way.And as you no longer have to be amember of a particular denominationto be admitted to these hospitals,schools or retirement villages, so itis with Family First. And whilst ourChristian heritage is something we areboth proud of and grateful for, FamilyFirst today is independent of anychurch or denomination.In the above schools, hospitals andaged care examples, the focus is onthe best medicine, the best education,the best aged care. Family Firstworks on the same principles.Since it was elected to the SAparliament 10 years ago, FamilyFirst has been promoting policiesand introducing legislationwhich puts families first, valuesolder people, promotes homeownership, protects children, offerschoice in schooling, advancesyouth employment (eg tradeapprenticeships) and supportssmall (family) businesses. FamilyFirst MPs Dennis Hood & RobertBrokenshire have led the wayon numerous occasions in thedefence of life and family in the SAParliament and dairy farmer RobertBrokenshire (below) has been atthe forefront of promoting policiesthat support farming communities.Andrew Evans OAMParty Founder3PARTYHISTORY“Strong familiesand safecommunitiesdon’t just happen.They comefrom committedaction based onsolid values”SA Family First MP Robert Brokenshireat home on the farm
  5. 5. ORGANISATIONALSTRUCTURE3Family First, or to use its full legalterm‘Family First Party Australia Ltd’is a company limited by guaranteeregistered with the Australian Security& Investment Commission (ASIC) andthe Australian Electoral Commission(AEC). Family First is comprisedof a Federal Party and six separateState Parties which co-ordinateoperations across Australia. Each Stateorganisation is run autonomously withits own constitution.Members of the State Executives aredrawn from the State membershiplists and nominations to serve on aState Executive can be made by anymember of the Party within a particularState and those applications are dealtwith pursuant to the rules of thatState. In most cases, voting for theState Executive occurs at State AnnualGeneral Meetings. Office holders(Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) arealso elected at the State Annual GeneralMeetings.The State organisations have twoprimary roles - to co-ordinate State4elections and during Federal electioncampaigns to nominate and endorseFederal election candidates. EachState’s lead Senate candidate must beendorsed by the Federal Executive.The Federal Executive is responsiblefor day to day running of the nationalorganisation, and holds the intellectualproperty of the Family First‘brand’. Itlicences the use of the Family Firstname to the State Parties. The FederalExecutive has representatives from thevarious states and is headquarteredat the Family First Secretariat in SouthAustralia. It holds Executive meetings,Annual General Meetings, co-ordinatesa National Conference every two yearsand a National Convention also everytwo years. Members of the FederalExecutive Committee are nominatedby delegates from the State Executivesto the Party’s National Conference,and the National Conference is alsoresponsible for setting the policyplatforms of the party.FederalElectorateBranchesFederalElectorateBranchesFederalElectorateBranchesFederalElectorateBranchesFederalElectorateBranchesFederalElectorateBranchesSA PartyStateExecutiveQld PartyStateExecutiveWA PartyStateExecutiveVic PartyStateExecutiveNSW PartyStateExecutiveTas PartyStateExecutiveFAMILY FIRST PARTY AUST LTDFEDERAL EXECUTIVENATIONALCONFERENCE
  6. 6. “Marriage is special”Marriage is exclusivelybetween a man and a woman.Family First is committedto promoting policies thatsupport marriage and holdfamilies together.“Global Impact”Australia has much to offer to the world.We have become one of the most stableand prosperous nations on earth, butwith privilege comesresponsibility and theway we rise to meetthese responsibilitieswill ultimatelydetermine if we trulyare a great nation.POLICIESFAMILYHOUSINGSCHOOLING( YOUTH)EMPLOYMENTBUSINESSTAXPROPERTYRIGHTSDISABILITYSUPPORTABORIGINALAFFAIRSCLIMATECHANGELIFEMARRIAGEGLOBALIMPACTFIGHTPOVERTY“Put Family First”Our starting point is that families comefirst. As the fundamental building blockof society, we diminish their capacityto function effectively at our peril. Thewellbeing of families is a powerfulbarometer for the wellbeing of the nation.Our definition of‘families’is mums, dads,sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles,grandparents, grandchildren, singles,single parents - people who interact andcare for one another.“Choice in schooling”Parents increasingly choose to sendtheir children to schools that reflect thevalues that are important to them. AtFamily First we are committed to choicein education. We believe that both publicand private schools must be adequatelyresourced to enable the delivery of highquality educationand to ensurethat the rights ofparents to chooseis respected andsupported.“Jobs, jobs, jobs”The tragedy of workplace regulation isthat while it seeks to protect the interestsof those who have a job it effectivelykeeps out those who do not. Accordingly,Family First is committed to removingthe‘barriers to entry’to getting a job orworking more hours. The low skilled andleast able are the most vulnerable. Pricingpeople out of the job market denies themthe opportunity to buy a house and lead ahappy and prosperous life. This is not justbad for the economy it is morally wrong.“Fighting Poverty”Nearly half the world’s population surviveon incomes of less than $2 a day. Theirstruggle however is not just a financialone but one that involves holding at baythe twin perils of hunger and disease.At Family First we believe that the plightof the poor, whether in Australia or inother parts of the world, is a collectiveresponsibility.5“A home of your own”We want to make sure Australianhomebuyers can own their home by thetime they retire. Family First is committedto keeping the Great Australian Dreamalive.“Aboriginal Affairs”Australians have a right to live in a countryfree from racial discrimination and racialpreference. It is the duty of governmentto protect that right. If a person needsassistance, their race or ethnicity shouldbe irrelevant.Below is a brief summary of Family First’skey policies. For a more comprehensiveversion of these policies go to ourwebsite www.familyfirst.org.au
  7. 7. “Small Business”Small businesses are family businesses and are thelifeblood of the economy. Whilst big business isactively investing in technologyto reduce its workforce, smallbusiness offers the greatestopportunities for employmentgrowth. Family First is committedto getting the government offthe back and out of the pocket ofsmall businesses.“Tax”Income tax, company tax, payroll tax, petrol tax,goods & services tax (GST), carbon tax, mining tax, theMedicare levy, the emergency services levy, the RiverMurray levy. Governments - State and Federal, tax usat every turn. The capacity of politicians and publicservants to spend our taxes knows no bounds. If theAustralian tax system is to offer incentivesto be productive, to expand activities,to shift from welfare to work, to paytax and invest in the future then itmust be simple, flat and, in the eyesof taxpayers, a fair system.“Water”Water is one of the most important challenges facingour country. The water we drink, the food we eat andthe health and sustainability of our river systems are ofvital interest to all Australians.Family First believes Australianfamilies are entitled to get cleanwater out of the tap at pricesthat do not burden low andmiddle income households.“Climate Change”Family First opposes the carbon tax and renewableenergy targets. It believes it is grossly irresponsibleto proceed with these policies that involve majorchanges to the Australian economy. A proper,independent enquiry eg a Royal Commission, needsto be established to explore the scientific, social,environmental and economic impact of such a change.6“Life is precious”Family First believes life isprecious and is committed tohealing, caring for and savinglives wherever possible - thedignity and value of olderpeople is particularly important.“Property Rights”Property rights provide the foundation on whichmany other rights and privileges are exercised. Theprogressive erosion of the rights of property ownersthrough heritage listing, water restrictions, nativevegetation, rising sea levels, zoning legislation andvarious court decisions is significantly diminishing theopportunities for self reliance.“Disability Support”The greatest respect a person can be shown is to befully included. At Family First we are committed tosupporting practical initiatives that enable peoplewith disabilities to be included in recreation, workand community life to the full extent of their ability.This means advocating for support where support isneeded; seeking systemic change where systems fail tooffer opportunities for growth and development all ofus expect, and importantly, ensuring that every citizen,regardless of their ability, is assisted in claiming theirhuman and democratic rights.( YOUTH)• Relationships, independence, a rewarding career. FamilyFirst believes the opportunity to travel, buy a house, areliable car and other important communication toolsare important.• Family First is a Party of values. It treats issues likepoverty, corruption and injustice with great importance.• Family First is the Party that‘loves life’. It helps those inneed and those who are suffering.STRONG FAMILES • STRONG VALUES • STRONG AUSTRALIA
  8. 8. A political party is only as good as the people who represent it. Accordingly, FamilyFirst seeks to recruit candidates and staff who represent the Party and its policies withexcellence, integrity and respect.The following principles guide our values and behaviour:1. EXCELLENCE We do things well. We are efficient. We are proactive inaiming for excellence in all that we do.2. INTEGRITY We are trustworthy in all our dealings. We speak the truth atall times.3. RESPECT We treat everyone we meet with courtesy and respect,regardless of their station in life. We listen attentively andwant to understand and acknowledge what is important topeople.4. DISCIPLINE We are part of a team. The Family First team is committedto one another and to working in the interests of the wholeteam. We seek to resolve problems and/or disagreements inan open and honest way.5. COMMITMENTS We honour the commitments we make. We do not promisewhat is not within our power to deliver.6. POLICIES We are committed to supporting and upholding the policypositions and values of Family First.7. TRANSPARENCY We are open and transparent. If a matter arises that mayaffect the Party or another team member or be detrimentalto the good name of Family First we declare it openly andpromptly.AccountabilityAccountability is fundamentallyimportant to discipline and theeffective working of the Party.Staff and Candidates mustbe accountable to their StateExecutives.Becoming a Family First CandidatePeople seeking to represent Family First in the parliament must submit a completedCandidate Application Form (available from the Secretariat) to the State Executive.In the case of Upper HouseCandidates, the Lead Candidatemust be approved and endorsedby both the State and FederalExecutives of the Party.CANDIDATEPRE-SELECTION7
  9. 9. A political party cannot achieve its policy objectiveswithout an army of supporters.The most important of tasks is representing the party atthe polling booths. With over 8,000 polling places acrossAustralia it is a mammoth task to have them all covered onelection day.In addition, putting up (and taking down) campaignposters, assisting candidates and being the eyes and earsof the Party in the electorate are essential.The Party seeks to represent in our Parliaments the valuesthat most Australians hold dear. In order to know andstay in touch with those values, the Party needs membersand supporters in the electorates providing policy inputinto the Party. Every effort is made to listen to and providemembers and supporters with the opportunity to be heardand have input into both the political and organisationalwings of the Party.FUNDRAISINGAdministering a political party and running politicalcampaigns is extremely expensive. Without thegenerous financial support provided by our extensivenetwork of supporters we could not do what we do. Weare extremely thankful for them.DONATE8MEMBERS& SUPPORTERSwww.familyfirst.org.au.
  10. 10. FAMILY FIRST STATE DIVISIONSSouth AustraliaThe SA division of Family First has been anoutstanding success. First elected at the 2002State Election, Family First has two membersin the Legislative Council - Dennis Hood andRobert Brokenshire. Dennis and Robert havebeen responsible for substantial legislativechange in the South Australian parliament.Western AustraliaThe WA division, ably led by Linda Rose hasseen Family First represented at every Stateand Federal election since 2002 and whilstthe Family First vote has not yet achievedpolitical representation the momentum isgrowing and its presence important.QueenslandNot having an Upper House of Parliament makesit extremely difficult for Family First to get afoothold in the Queensland State Parliament,hence Queensland’s focus on the Federalparliament. It is here where Family First hasthe greatest potential to secure its first FamilyFirst Senator at the next Federal election.TasmaniaAfter an impressive debut at the 2004 and2007 Federal elections Family First is poisedto take a Senate seat at the next Federalelection. Being the home of the Greens,Tasmania is fertile ground for Family First.VictoriaHaving had the benefit of a Victorian FamilyFirst Senator for six years, Victoria is wellplaced to build its organisational base andgrow the Party in this State. State Director andLead Senate Candidate Ashley Fenn leads aprofessional team committed to regaining aseat in Parliament.9New South WalesGiven the large number of minor partiescontesting elections in NSW, Family First isconfident that it will soon see its first Senatorelected to the Federal Parliament.State Chairman &Senate CandidateSally VincentHons Dennis Hood(left) & RobertBrokenshire,Members of the SALegislative CouncilState Director &Senate CandidateAshley FennSenate CandidatePeter MaddenState Leader &Senate CandidateLinda RoseSenate CandidateFiona Rossiter
  11. 11. CONTACT USWe trust this Policies and Procedures manual has helped giveyou a better understanding of Family First and what it is tryingto achieve on behalf of Australian families.We welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact us atany time.Family First Party77 Fullarton Road Kent Town SA 5067Tel 08 7070 0044Email sec@familyfirst.org.auwww.familyfirst.org.au10
  12. 12. FAMILY FIRSTAuthorised by Bob Day 77 Fullarton Rd Kent Town SA 5067Printed by Kwik Kopy 41 Beulah Road Norwood SA 506777 Fullarton Road Kent Town SA 5067Tel: 08 7070 0044 Email: sec@familyfirst.org.auwww.familyfirst.org.au