27 April 2012

Peter Schuback: campaign announcement

The following is a campaign statement on behalf of Peter Schuback, Australia First member and candidate for Hervey Bay.

Peter Schuback: Achievements

I started the campaign to clean up Asbestos in Schools.

I put pressure on to the government to get two major toxic waste dumps cleaned up.

I put government and schools on notice under duty of care laws to stop bullying in schools.

With the help of the ACCC, I took Telstra to the high court in Melbourne for false and misleading advertising.

I took the oil companies on and forced them to pay compensation to people when their engines and pumps failed after the oil companies introduced low sulphur diesel without notifying anyone.

I forced the Federal Government to honour a contract to supply funds for a main road after promises were made leading up to an election.

I, along with Ken Hay, forced the State Government to clean up dumped refugee boats out of the Fitzroy River.

I have issued over 300,000 requests for a review of an infringement notice forms to people in Australia and overseas so they can contest unfair fines without going to court.

I exposed the State Government’s misinformation on Q-fever and made people aware of the problems caused from this disease.

I have, as the vice-president of the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association, lobbied to get safe rates for truck drivers.

I have put the Government on notice using their own laws in regards to unsafe roads and they are now being pursued by persons who have been injured because of dangerous road conditions.

I am currently fighting to try to stop the increase in Fire Levies and the down-grading of a number of rural fire services.

I am currently letting people know about the failures of ULP (Unleaded petrol) and the damage that ethanol can and will do to your engines.

I have fought to make people aware of their rights and to stop governments from introducing unfair and unworkable laws.

I have for many years worked to make sure that people get a fair deal and that people are not screwed by Government departments.

I have achieved many things over and above what is listed here and I will continue to work to look after people and our region.

I have achieved more than most of the other candidates that are running for this council have.

If you want someone that will work and that has already achieved then give me your vote or if you want a would-be-if-they-could-be vote for someone else. While they are talking about it, I get it done.

Ideas and Solutions

We have problems, so I will set out some of them with the solutions.

Problems: high unemployment, low occupancy rates for accommodation suppliers, drugs and crime, small businesses going broke from lack of turn-over, homelessness – high number of people that are homeless or are couch hopping / sleeping in cars and in tents some in the bush – and that is just a few of our local problems.

Solutions to problems: high unemployment can or could be solved by turning our area into a trade free zone or enterprise zone, giving businesses an incentive to come to our region to set up with tax relief.

Problem: low occupancy rate for accommodation suppliers. Solution: promote our region along with all other shires in our region in a joint push for tourists. Simple ideas like distributing 250,000 leaflets promoting our region in other states. 

Problem: drugs and crime. Solution: get courts to sentence first offenders to either a term in jail or a term learning a trade so they are given a chance to become a tradie in life. Make them work and be tired and they won’t have enough time to get stoned or commit petty crimes. 

Problem: small businesses going broke. Solution: promote our area or region by having our school children become pen-friends with other children around Australia and the rest of the world and have them invite those children to our region for holidays. They spend money and our region prospers. Put up signs up and down the highways telling people what we have to offer. Send out DVDs of the attractions in our area to all military bases around the world inviting the people that view then to come here for R&R. Get a rep to travel to all major businesses around Australia that employ a large number of people and show them the DVDs over lunch and give out promotional material. Steel mills, car manufacturers, paper mills and many other large volume employers would be targeted. 

Problem: homeless persons. Solution: build low cost accommodation for our homeless. (Could be Council owned and operated to create an income for the council and a asset that increases in value.) A 9 metre x 6 metre cottage can cost as little as $30,000 to build. Ok, so they are not flash, but they are dry and can be built to get people off of the streets and out of cars. Low-cost accommodation of this sort is going to become a priority in the coming years as our populations get older and they can not afford the high costs of the current type of accommodation.

Ok, so we have a problem with crime in our area and there are a lot of young people that are getting themselves into trouble and spoiling their lives and we need to stop and look at the reasons why. Education is in some way at fault and I am not blaming the teachers but the system. Some young people are either academically bright or lean more towards trades. The ones that lean towards trades should have the ability in school to be taught a trade say from grade eight and they would be trade-ready and have the qualifications to be tradespeople when they leave school and would only have to do one year under a master tradesman while the ones that are more academically inclined should be taught the skills they need in that area to follow their dreams. As we all know children develop at different speeds and some will not be able to be taught trades whilst still at school and will come out of the education system still lacking life skills. I believe the solution here is to train them when they are a little more mature. That's where our retired tradies come into play. They should, if they wish, become trainers and to give them the incentives to train people they should be able to earn up to $40,000 per year tax free. So where is this money coming from? Well, it costs around $40,000 per year so I have been informed to keep one young person in a low-security facility. For every person that we keep out of the jail system and out of trouble we will be able to employ a trainer. There are many retired people out there who can and would like to pass on their skills. We are not going to be able to help every child but for every one we keep away from drugs and crime, we and our society are the winners and the young people we help will be able to contribute to our society in a meaningful way.

Ok, so here are a few ideas to fix some of our problems. All are low cost and will give value for money. 

So now it’s time for people to stop whinging about our region and its problems and get off of their butts and do some thing to fix the problems. GET INVOLVED and work to fix the problems. All of the above affect us all in one way or another so help to fix the problems.

Peter Schuback

0408 458 232

Written and Authorised by Peter Schuback 191 Condor Drive Hervey bay 4655.

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11 April 2012

One Nation: where to from here?

A Message to Current and Former One Nation Members: 

This statement is intended as a positive, constructive message to the One Nation party, addressed in good faith to all members of One Nation --  and particularly to those members who still want to make a difference and who are now, or soon will be, considering their options. 
It is not in any way an attack on One Nation or the many good people who joined that party for a variety of worthy reasons.
Nor is it an exercise in "triumphalism".
Rather it is an earnest attempt to get to grips with a simple matter of fact –that the One Nation Party is now in terminal decline– and to ask, constructively, the obvious question: what options are now available to members of One Nation who still wish to be active, to be part of a change for the better, to confront and overcome the corrupt globalist system that we all, on the nationalist side of politics, must and do oppose?
The options are, as we hope you will see it :
1) attempt to resurrect One Nation
2) give up and admit defeat
3) do something else.

It is option one that brings us straight to the crux of the matter.

Nation was a lightning rod for an angry, disillusioned and mobilised population.  But those days of early triumph and the One Nation juggernaut have long since gone.

Nation's current leadership has allowed the party to drift away from its original purpose to expose and attack the various forces at work in the sell-off and sell-out of traditional Australia.  Under the specific direction of certain individuals, there has in particular been a complete retreat from one of the core complaints that defined the early One Nation party: namely, the Asianisation of Australia One Nation once clearly opposed this attack on our national identity.  It is now equally clear that this is not longer the case.

Hanson has vanished from Australia's political scene.  There is no indication that she will ever be back.  Nor has any individual emerged with her qualities who might plausibly revive the populism that underpinned the One Nation phenomenon.

things stand, One Nation is facing an imminent crisis.  The party likely faces Federal de-registration very soon.  Some State branches are in sufficiently good shape to withstand similar moves in their own State electoral systems for perhaps some time to come, but the process nevertheless is very much a one-way ride to nowhere.

in all, the picture would seem grim if we were to suppose that the continued survival of the One Nation party structure and its "brand" were somehow essential to the work that One Nation and its members set out to do.

this is not the case.

said, if One Nation as an entity cannot survive, what are its members to do?

second option is to do nothing: give up and retire from active work.

we do not support this option, we note it because the human spirit has its limits and --sadly-- a great many people have been, and will continue to be, burnt out by the long slumber and slow destruction of One Nation.  Further, we mention this option because, if a suitable opportunity for real activism is not made apparent to One Nation members and soon, many more may take this path.

we must look to the third option: find some other way to "fight the fight".  Here there is a choice to be made.

is the Katter party, of course.  We have concerns about the Katter party, in particular its insistence on increasing our population no matter what the cost.  We quote from their website: "Australia needs to increase its population to achieve acceptable levels of economic, scientific, strategic and personal development. Government must develop immigration and birth rate policies consistent with these principles. In addition, the population growth needs to be distributed widely throughout Australia and especially into northern Australia."   Reference: Point 21 of the Australian Party's Values and Principles -- see http://www.ausparty.org.au/who-we-are/values-and-principles.html

implications of this policy are clear: mass immigration into Australia's north.

we acknowledge that some One Nation people will get on board with Bob Katter on the grounds that he is (they will say) a patriot, a populist and a strong new force in the political scene.  We will see what transpires, but note that the Katter phenomenon looks very much like a new variation on the Hanson phenomenon.  Yes, there are points of difference, but overall we see a similar strategy, with electoral work being the only focus of the organisation, as well as similar structures -- the "strong" leadership figure and a support base of disillusioned people, but once again no attempt to unite the party around a single, consistent view of the national question. 

the Katter group turns into another One Nation, the danger is that yet again many good people will be first directed into what we feel to be futile vote-chasing efforts, probably for a number of years, and then, when it is all over, a large number of those people will leave yet another organisation disillusioned, worn out and ready to quit the fight for good.

has to be a better option.

is the view of Australia First that this better option is to break free from the obsession with vote-chasing and adopt a broader strategy in which electoral work is combined with -- and at times very much subordinate to -- community campaigns and educational work of all sorts.

have outlined this strategy before:
"The Australia First Party is an incorporation registered as a Federal party. That does not mean that its function is only to contest elections. The party operates to thethree tier method. This means that the party contests elections, wages community campaigns of all sorts to build links with fellow Australians and to unite all Australians - and develops its ideas and principles into an Australianist ideology that also carries on a cultural defence of Australianity against globalisation. The three tiers operate as a unity." ( http://afpwa.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/for-patriotic-united-front.html )

suggest to One Nation members that this kind of approach is the one to which they too should turn their attention and efforts.  We make this recommendation to all activists and would-be activists, regardless whether they remain for a time within what is left of the One Nation structure, leave the party and operate on their own for a time, join the Katter party, or eventually come over to Australia First, by whatever circuitous route they may take.  We are not out to exclude or vilify good people.  We do however point out that this three-tier approach to activism was largely absent in One Nation, despite the best efforts of some members to change this fact.  One Nation, as a whole, sought only to engage with ordinary Australians as "ballot-box fodder".  We hope the Katter party will be different, but fear that it too is caught up in the hypnotic dance of the electoral cycle and will likely remain so until its eventual demise.

in the Australia First party is such a broad and dynamic strategy front and centre, supported and nurtured by the organisation at every level.  Therefore we say to One Nation members: consider your situation.  You are a great asset to our nation's cause, if only you will keep up the fight.  We have suggested the only option we believe will allow you to do so.  When you are ready, we will welcome you.