Policies

Budget

Within a small government context, the LDP believes government should fund recurrent activities entirely through taxation and balance liabilities and assets to achieve the equivalent of zero net worth. Policy Within the context of a government that limits its ownership of assets to essential holdings, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes governments should balance...

Taxation

The Liberal Democrats support significant tax cuts in conjunction with a major reduction in government expenditure. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) aims to: Substantially cut taxes. Ensure that no government in Australia increases its overall tax take. Ensure limited government, responsible budget management, and a decentralised federation. The LDP will seek to: Limit...

Freedom and Civil Liberties

The Liberal Democrats believe that freedom is precious, that our freedom is not conferred by government, that government poses great risks to our freedom, and that the role of government is the defence of freedom. Policy The Liberal Democrats believe in: Freedom of speech and expression. A free media. Freedom of association, assembly and...

Limited and Accountable Government

The Liberal Democrats will ensure that governments are restricted as to what they can do and kept accountable through extensive checks and balances. Policy The Liberal Democrats support: constitutional protection of private property sunset clauses on legislation bodies established to review and supervise government protection for whistleblowers freedom of information held by or on...

Competitive Federalism

The LDP supports competitive federalism as it was intended by the founders of the constitution. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): Supports competitive federalism as it was intended by the founders of the constitution. Would encourage competition between the States in the pursuit of economic growth and development. Would seek to remove the Commonwealth...

Copyright and Patents

The Liberal Democrats support intellectual rights in return for private creative endeavours, but opposes increased restrictions, such as is happening with copyright. The Liberal Democrats also believe that intellectual rights laws need to take into account the changing nature of society and technology.   Policy The Liberal Democrats would: 1.   Abolish copyright on material...

Defence

National defence is a legitimate role of the Commonwealth government. However, unnecessary expenditure on defence contributes to excessive taxation. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) recognises that: National defence is a legitimate role of the Commonwealth government. However, unnecessary expenditure on defence contributes to excessive taxation. The security of Australia is heavily dependent on...

Democracy

The Liberal Democrats believe in constitutional democracy and support voluntary voting, citizens initiated referenda, fixed parliamentary terms, recall elections, constitutional protection of private property and sunset clauses on legislation. Policy The Liberal Democrats support: voluntary voting voluntary enrolment citizens initiated referendums fixed parliamentary terms the option of recall elections one vote one value parliamentary...

Deregulation and Privatisation

Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) opposes the ownership of businesses by governments and the provision of services that could be provided by the private sector. The LDP supports an immediate end to state and federal government ownership of: The National Broadband Network The ABC SBS Australia Post Electricity generation corporations Bus, ferry and...

Energy

The LDP does not believe in either subsidising or unfairly taxing any particular source of energy, including nuclear. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes: The energy market should operate in the private sector, competing in an environment of limited regulation which does not seek to pick winners. In a vigorous, competitive energy market...

Environment

The LDP values the natural environment within the context of a prosperous society that provides equal protection under the law and is based on respect for individual freedom, personal responsibility, small government and the defence of private property. Principles Although some people view humans and the environment as distinct and separate, in reality humans...

Equality before the Law

All citizens should be treated equally before the law. Policy The Liberal Democrats believe a person’s sex, race, religion or membership of a demographic group should have no bearing on: criminal proceedings and sentencing, access to welfare payments, access to government services, or access to government employment and contracts. The Liberal Democrats would: Abolish...

Firearms

The LDP regards the right to own firearms for sport, hunting, collecting and self-defence as fundamental to a free society. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes, like in New Zealand: Firearm ownership should be subject to possession of a licence. However, all adults over 18 years of age have a right to a...

Foreign Aid

The LDP believes government foreign aid, other than short term humanitarian relief, should cease. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party believes: Aid to foreign countries by the Australian government, other than short term humanitarian relief following natural disasters, should cease. Donations by private individuals to foreign aid projects should neither be encouraged nor discouraged by...

Free Trade

The LDP supports free international trade in goods, services and capital. It is a simple fact that Australians benefit from free trade and foreign investment. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is a pro-trade party. In Australia, other small parties hide behind the rhetoric of ‘fair trade’ and protectionist populism. However, the welfare of Australians...

Cannabis

The LDP supports the legalisation of use, cultivation, processing, possession, transport and sale of cannabis, with protection of minors and penalties for driving while impaired. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes in: Legalising the recreational use of marijuana by adults in all jurisdictions of Australia. Legalising the cultivation, processing, possession, transport and sale...

Gambling

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) neither supports nor opposes gambling. It considers it to be like any other form of entertainment – a matter of choice for responsible adults. Just as we may turn off the television or refuse to enter a cinema, we may also leave a casino or decline to bet on...

Health

The Liberal Democrats will drastically reduce government interference in the right of individuals to manage their own health. Policy The Liberal Democrats will: Transfer ownership of public hospitals to non-government organisations Replace Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with a medical expenses subsidy for citizens that rises as medical expenses increase and falls as...

Higher Education

The Liberal Democrats will deregulate and privatise higher education, while retaining loans for tuition fees. Policy The Liberal Democrats support: removing tuition subsidies; abolishing student income support like Austudy and Abstudy; maintaining income-contingent loans for tuition fees, provided that: a commercial rate of interest is charged, the income threshold at which repayments start is...

Immigration

The Liberal Democrats would increase opportunities to live and work in Australia while carefully guarding access to welfare and citizenship. The Liberal Democratic Party believes the free movement of people, within and between countries, generally contributes to greater prosperity. It believes immigrants contribute a net social and economic benefit to Australia and advocates expanding...

Labour Market Regulation

The Liberal Democrats believe Australians should be free to enter employment and service contracts without government interference. Policy The LDP would: Abolish the ban on low paid work, referred to as the minimum wage. Abolish minimum employment conditions, referred to as the national employment standards (while retaining occupational health and safety rules). Abolish minimum...

Lifestyle Choices

Adults must be free to make their own lifestyle decisions, including marriage, without interference by the government or any need for its approval. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): Believes private sexual activities and lifestyle choices voluntarily undertaken by adults are not matters for government intervention except to prevent coercion and protect children. Believes...

Childcare

The Liberal Democratic Party (“Liberal Democrats”) believes that the Australian child-care industry is needlessly over-regulated leading to burdensome regulatory compliance costs. These increased costs place out-of-home childcare out of the reach of average families without the assistance of government subsidies. The government’s current practice of artificially inflating the cost of childcare while simultaneously using...

Money and Banks

The Liberal Democrats believe that inflation is taxation by stealth, that the Reserve Bank should be more accountable, and that banks should be free to fail. Policy The Liberal Democrats will: legislate so that the Reserve Bank targets zero inflation, holds assets and carries out transactions only for this purpose, and is prohibited from...

Motorcycles

The LDP believes those who choose to use motorcycles and scooters should not be discouraged by government policies. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes those who choose to use motorcycles and scooters should not be discouraged by government policies. The use of motorcycles and scooters is a matter of individual choice. So long as...

Pharmaceuticals

The Liberal Democratic Party (“Liberal Democrats”) believes that the ability to easily purchase medicines is a vital aspect of maintaining health and vitality. The availability of treatment options within Australia is currently very tightly controlled both by over-regulation of pharmaceuticals themselves and the monopoly powers granted by government to the Pharmacy Guild. The effect...

Police and Crime

The Liberal Democrats believe Peel’s Principles of policing should comprise the basis of all police activities. Policy The Liberal Democrats believe: Repealing victimless crimes and pursuing a more balanced approach to traffic laws will allow more police resources to be used for, rather than against, the public. Strict limits on police power, vigorously enforced,...

Relations With Other Countries

The Liberal Democrats support freedom and democracy at home and abroad. Policy The Liberal Democrats support professional diplomatic engagement together with trade representation (funded on a user-pays basis) to foster bilateral trade. The Liberal Democrats endorse the right of the people of any region to have their own country, provided that the majority of...

Religious Freedom

The Liberal Democrats support freedom of religion but oppose government involvement in religion including funding of programs based on religion and efforts to impose religious beliefs on others. Policy The Liberal Democrats: Acknowledge the significant contribution of Christianity to liberal democratic values. Support the freedom of private individuals and organisations to apply religious tests...

School Education

The LDP believes school regulation should be devolved to state level and funded through school vouchers that promote competition between schools and encourage parental choice. The LDP opposes the state-federal jurisdictional duplication in education policy and believes that school funding and regulation should be decentralised and devolved to the state level. At the state...

Smoking

The Liberal Democrats are neither pro-smoking nor anti-smoking; it is pro-choice. Just as a private individual has the right to dictate whether visitors or guests may smoke in their lounge-room or their car, so too the owner of a bar or restaurant should have the right to determine whether smoking should or should not...

Assisted Suicide

The LDP believes adults have a right to end their own lives, with or without assistance, and to have access to information to help them do it. Policy The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) believes in the inalienable right of individuals to end their lives painlessly, at a time of their choosing, and to be...

Traffic Laws

The LDP believes traffic laws should strike a better balance between safety and efficient travel. Australia is a large country in which motor vehicles are a vital means of transport. Our traffic laws need to strike a balance between safety and the need for efficient travel over long distances. Annual road deaths in Australia...

Victimless Crimes

The LDP does not generally support the criminalisation of victimless crimes and seeks to reduce the intrusion of government into these areas. Victimless crime is a term used to refer to behaviour that is illegal but does not violate or threaten the rights of anyone else. It can include situations where an individual acts...

Welfare

The Liberal Democrats will modify the welfare system to foster a culture of independence and civil society without neglecting the genuinely needy. Principles The Liberal Democrats: Support a society that favours individual responsibility and civic institutions rather than government funded welfare. Believe individuals should take responsibility for themselves and their dependents before seeking the...

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