Q: Border Protection – How will you handle the issue of border protection?
A: All boats trying to enter Australian waters by illegal means should be stopped to preserve lives put at risk by people smugglers. We are completely opposing all unauthorised illegal boat arrivals of refugees and asylum seekers. We will encourage such individuals to enter the country through the correct channel, namely through Australian immigration governmental agencies. We will implement legislation that will send all illegal asylum seekers back to where they came from, which will (after a short time) completely discourage and drastically lower boat arrivals by closing our borders. It should be noted also that 8 out of every 10 refugees and asylum seekers are Muslims. It should be understood that to be called a Muslim you must practise the Islamic faith and hence embrace Sharia law. We at RUA can foresee the dangers of allowing such a vast quantity of peoples into the land who have their foundation of the Islamic law and Muslim faith. Increased border patrol and forces will definitely be a strategy to deter and maintain border control integrity and safety. We also recognise that we need to work closely with other governments to abate such a crisis.
Q: What is your policy on general immigration? Where do you stand on big/small Australia?
A: Rise Up Australia Party believes in a big Australia. The growing ageing population will require to be funded in their retirement, and this can only be done by increasing the size of the population. However, before we increase the size of the population we need to create jobs and look after the number of people that we already have.
Our stated policy is as follows:
(2) To establish full employment and fair wages as central tenets of just social and economic policies; this includes genuine decentralisation that encourages private sector jobs (tourism, eco-tourism, abattoirs, timber mills etc.) in rural and regional Australia through small business incentives and supportive transport, telecommunications and tariff policies, and that reduces costs of congestion in major cities;
(7) To develop prudent tariff policies to support or re-establish all sorts of manufacturing industries (that ‘value-add’ and provide high technology jobs) with a range of national system economic policies, such as those advocated by Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen; prudent tariffs could be used, for example, to provide a truly ‘level playing field’ by recognizing that Australian industries (and farms) incur costs in complying with the OHS, industrial relations and environmental laws of Australia, but that some overseas competitors do not incur such costs;
(8) To develop and implement a coherent energy policy that acts in the best interests of Australia and of conserving resources and of encouraging energy efficiency; this includes Australia becoming self-sufficient in crude oil, being a net exporter of all forms of energy, having secure and cheap supplies of electricity, transport fuels and piped gas to provide competitive advantage to Australian industries and farms; specifically we reject “import parity pricing” that imposes ideologically-arbitrary and unnecessary costs on Australian consumers, industries and farms; we affirm that explorers for oil, gas and minerals must be rewarded with adequate returns (well above the long-term bond rate) on their assets and for their risks;
(11) To eliminate counter-productive welfare payments in favour of encouraging savings and self-reliance and support for children, while maintaining an adequate social security system “to target assistance to those most in need, ensure greater adequacy of incomes, encourage and assist clients to enter or return to the work force or to provide for their own income security, and develop support for families, particularly those on low incomes” (Hansard, 20 Feb 1991);