Policy ideas - Karel Boele

People Decide MPs, Senators and Councillors are contracted to vote with you on Bills and decisions in Parliament and Council. It is about engaging you on policy ideas. In the future there will be a mechanism for voters to develop and submit Bills and decisions. In the meantime, People Decide MPs, Senators and Councillors do it.

These are policy ideas Karel Boele would like to submit to Parliament or Council by no means do you have to agree with them. At the end of the day People Decide MPs, Senators and Councillors vote with the majority of their electorate.

Participatory democracy

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People Decide's vision is to make a more representative, effective, efficient and stable form of government.

It's aim is to do this by using a mix of representative, deliberative and direct democracy.

The method consists of developing a well-researched, long term, step-by-step model and plan, and refine it as results and user participation are evaluated after elected.

Step-by-step plan

Stage 1

People vote on the laws in Parliament and politicians are contracted to vote with the people. See How it works and FAQ.

Stage 2

Develop a participatory process for voting on an aspect of the budget.

Stage 3

Develop a process to allow people to collaboratively develop and vote on amendments to laws in Parliament.

Stage 4

Develop a process to allow people to collaboratively develop and submit laws to Parliament for voting.

Stage 5

Develop a participatory process for voting on the full budget.

Stage 6

Develop a participatory process to select candidates.

Bill of Rights

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People Decide and Karel Boele support a Bill of Rights enshrined in the Australian Constitution to ensure human rights are upheld. Participatory democracy can improve human rights but it is not fail-safe.

The Australian government has passed legislation that has not considered the impact on human rights on many occasions. There is no legal framework that gives it pause for thought to do so. The Australian Constitution protects some rights, such as: ensuring people are free to exercise any religion, but it is not comprehensive.

A Bill of Rights will do this.

Switzerland which has had direct democracy since the later Middle Ages has showed people vote in the best interests for society above their own, for example, when the need presented clearly the people raised taxes.

However, a Bill of Rights or the protection in Australian Constitution for freedom of religion, may have stopped Switzerland banning minarets on Mosques in 2009. Other religions are still free to build structures to celebrate their religion. This is arguably against the basic human right for freedom of religion and discriminates against one particular group.

It's likely Switzerland also broke its obligations under international law. People Decide has a mechanism in place to stop such a thing happening.

For further information see Karel's response to Black Lives Matter, Dallas police shootings, Bastille attack and the coup in Turkey

Royal Commission into the Iraq war

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Killing 100,000s people directly or indirectly not in self-defence is illegal, it is mass murder. By doing it under the name of democracy you deceive others into thinking it is ok. This is even worse. The Chilcot Report found "there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein", Andrew Wilkie MP resigned from the Office of National Assessments in protest over the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Howard ignored advice. Wilkie states that the invasion of Iraq contributed to the eventual emergence of IS.

If we stand by democracy and justice we need to accept it ourselves. This event is of such magnitude we need a Royal Commission into it with a terms of reference to allow the International Criminal Court to investigate if Howard or any other officials are culpable. This is the first step we need to make to help bring peace to the Middle East otherwise we have no authority and are just hypocritical. People Decide MPs and Senators will vote no to any pre-emptive attack when in Parliament.

We will do what we can in our position in Parliament to establish a Royal Commission into the Iraq war.

For further information see Karel's response to Black Lives Matter, Dallas police shootings, Bastille attack and the coup in Turkey