Archive for June, 2011

The Alliance Australia, about

June 24, 2011

The ALLIANCE Australia “in the pursuit of unity” In short, “the Alliance is a new political movement for the people by the people” “In the pursuit of Unity” relates to the ideal of uniting the many patriotic groups and political activists, parties and Independents through our common hopes and dreams.

The LOGO is the sign of democracy and unity, the common denominator for us all to use, support and empower.

The people do not have huge resources, a mighty spin machine or media support, yet united we have all the power, there are various steps need to demand change, which every Australian wants to see on one or many issues, either way the first step is unity.

The Alliance believes we do not need huge finances, media support or the usual bullshit associated with all things political, we will not become a party, but we will support democracy and genuinely patriotic candidates, and we will have endorsed candidates in every seat of Australia with your help.

1. We spread the logo, the Alliance ideals and the pledge (campaign)

2. The logo gains momentum and strength

3. We use that strength and momentum to demand democratic electoral reform, so those elected are by way of the free will of an informed electorate.

4. We support any grass roots candidates that promise to honor the pledge in return for their supporting the spread of the logo

5. Any candidate wishing support of the Alliance, Must up hold the pledge, but can remain independent or a member of a political party.

6. The logo is to grow into a sign of the people and Australian values, so is to be promoted to any groups, manufacturers and local businesses that hold the same values of its members.

7. We the people will police the logo’s use and protect its integrity.

8. When needed, we will stand united to demand change and support issues and rallies of national importance!

9. People may speak of the Alliance, but not for it, and any candidates can have their own policies, as long as they do not undermine the pledge.

10. Any group or individual that would like our support has to have supported the Alliance and the promotion of the logo.

11. More than one candidate can run in any seat with our support, and we promise as the people to support and help any successful candidates in any field of endeavor.

12. All candidates endorsed by the Alliance, MUST while compulsory preferencing exists, promise to put the major parties last, and other Alliance candidates first in their order of preference.

13. The Alliance logo may be placed on web sites, profile pictures and any products people choose, it may be added to blogs and articles with the words “Alliance supporter”, vote one posters of endorsed candidates may have use of the logo, as can other election material, produced in line with the pledge.

Letting others know what the Alliance stands for is up to what it means to the supporter, Unity, Democracy, The Peoples voice, Patriotism, Australian values, the defense of our rights and liberties or other important issues like the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and the upholding of our constitution, until we have an easier enforcable bill of rights or smilar.

Democracy, freedom and justice are not negotiable & a New force towards honest politics are acceptable messages, its your Alliance and your logo, so for it to work is up to you, you make up brochures, flyers and logos, you spread the word, and you defend its integrity.

For further info, ideals or how to handle media enquiry, give Mark Aldridge a call anytime on 08 82847482 / 0403379500 aldridgemark@bigpond.com…or through the website which is nearing completion.

Ideals for honest democracy can be found on the site http://www.howtovoteinsa.net which is under construction, and open of course to debate from Alliance members “In the pursuit of Unity” The Alliance Australia is a unique idea to pursue unity with in the fight for our countries future!

PLEDGE OF ALL MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

· Protect and uphold all constitutional and common law rights of all Australian people.

· Only ever swear allegiance to the people of Australia (excluding those elected in regards to constitutional commandments)

· Acknowledge that Justice, Democracy and Equality before the law are not negotiable

· Regardless of political affiliation, every member must promise to stand accountable for his or her actions.

· Demand electoral reform to abolish statutes, regulations, structures and activities that give benefit or advantages to major parties above other parties and individuals and unlawfully prevent elected representatives voting by conscience or on behalf of their electorate

· All members must be a sovereign, free man or woman holding allegiance to Australia, the Commonwealth Constitution and the rule of law.

· Must defend and fight to retain ownership of all land and community assets and infrastructure to Australian people only.

· Fight for fair and equitable taxation, to be shared amongst all people and businesses that operate in Australia, regardless of country of origin.

· To pursue justice for all, with equity & transparency as a primary goal

PLEASE CONSIDER ALL THE DETAILS, THEN COPY THE LOGO & ENJOY!

(Over 20,000 logos have now been printed, and the spread the logo week, starts today, Friday the 24th until the 4th June, so take a photo of your best logo, or the location and get ready to load them to the website, and feel free to put your hand up to be the local representative, South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland already have supporters and other state s and countries are in negotiation.) It is a peoples movement not a political machine as such will not be covered by the media, its success will be dependent on how often we see the logo :)…. T/shirts, iphone covers, screen savers, bags and a host of products have already been made, so to those already on board, keep up the good work.

The logo in colour, or Black and white is acceptable, in fact it is all up to you

The Alliance Australia

Make sure you have a logo on your vehicles, I have 150 x 100mm stickers for 50 cents each, if you pay postage, 500 can be manufactured for $249, A4 photocopie for power polls are as little as 100 for $5.00, T.shirts including postage are around $20, or make your own, more to come

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GetUp.org the full story

June 16, 2011

The GetUp story

 

 

While researching this article, I tried to be mindful of my personal experiences with GetUp both as one of the many people who clicked like and instantly became a member, and as one who has personally endured their deceitful practices on more than one occasion. I still receive their emails, so I am sure I remain one of their quoted 400,000 supporters, which begs the question “How many of the quoted 400,000 supporters genuinely are?” (Assimilation by email)

 

My first experience with GetUp, was to support their save the senate campaign, which seemed as it was designed, as a grass roots campaign to support democracy, something very close to my heart, the idea was to ensure no one party controlled the senate, well that is what the campaign appeared to be, “Come meet your local senate candidates” and become informed.

 

I have always believed that the day our representatives were chosen by the Free will of an informed electorate will be the day we see the change we all seek.

 

GetUp had their own agenda, and it was not to support grass roots democracy, as I quickly found out when I attended their first forum, seems only senate candidates chosen by GetUp where welcome, not as their email had explained, Independents, some minor parties and the Liberals were not welcome, it seems the word “Independent” to Getup means Labor/Greens, how would I have known.

 

Seems since then the agenda has remained the same, with Getup regularly taking up issues that either attack the liberal government or promote the Labor/Greens coalition, even there on-line “How to vote” guide and sms service was found wanting, as regardless of how a person filled in the questionnaire, Labor or the Greens was the resulting answer, and trust me I tried every combination.

 

The Australian Electoral commission were the first to be questioned on GetUp’s “Misleading and Deceptive” conduct, as was the Court of Disputed returns, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, were also asked to investigate their back ground, but as usual a slap on the wrists wasn’t even made public, by now I decided to do some research myself.

 

In brief 2 people, Jeremy Heimans and David Madden formed GetUp in 2005, some information links have recently been closed, but they reign from one of several similar lobby groups, MoveOn.org established in 1998, and Avaaz.org a similar political lobby group. Heimans history links appear to now be missing, Madden has a history with the World Bank and the United Nations, both are included in the top 10 people who have influence in world politics, both have also been accused more than once of being Labor policy supporters, so is there connections?

 

Their first executives included Evan Thornley (Labor, Fabian Society) Bill Shorten (Labor) and Cate Faehrman (Greens) and more recently Skye Laris (Labor, Rann and Tony Burke) along with several Union officials, previously aligned with the Labor party.

 

The group advisory board with history in similar groups included Tony Lake (CIA, UN, Politics) Gary Hart (US senator) and Leon Fuerth (Advisor to Al Gore) as well as their largest donor George Soros.

 

GetUp’s donors have changed over the last few years, Australian workers unions are their largest donor, followed by individuals with similar connections to the picture already painted, Joseph Skrzynski a major donor, was just appointed a lucrative seat with SBS by the Labor Party, Ex Telstra, AUSTAR, and other multinational players divert past labor support, to donate heavily to GetUp, many dead ends from links relating to funding and the recent financials of GetUp make the story even more intriguing.

 

Brett Solomon tidies up the direct connections between GetUp, AVAAZ and Accessnow.org , Simon Sheikh is now put up by the media as the brains behind GetUp, but so many big players have their hand in the GetUp pie, with their other groups having direct links to people like George Soros.

 

I would think that their most recent campaign to demand a price on Carbon, is the nail in the coffin when seeking the truth, with GetUp backing Gillards new carbon tax, with out the details even being on the table, let alone passed by the house, and the ideal of a grass roots campaign is soured by the fact 146 of our 150 federal representatives were recently elected on a promise “Not to introduce a Carbon Tax”.

 

Simon Shiekhs words “We are the last line of defense for mother nature” not only makes a mockery of our 4.5 billion years of existence, but belittles the use of the words “Carbon Pollution” to describe Co2 the very gas that feeds the forests they stand to protect or do they?

 

Don Mercer’s sudden disappearance from GetUp may just warrant further investigation, with long links to Orica ltd, Shell petroleum and Newcrest mining ltd, not something that supports GetUp’s green agenda, just ask the Indonesians.

 

GetUps most recent idea of allowing all members to submit ideas for future campaigns seems, on the surface, a promising example of grassroots democracy. However, regardless of how many votes a campaign suggestion might generate, the GetUp executive maintains the power to veto any issue they don’t consider consistent with their organisation’s agenda.

 

Tony Abbot himself entered the debate, regarding the human rights of Gillards intension to process asylum seekers of shore, knowing too well, GetUp could not oppose the Labors government’s position. GetUp have made a habit of denying many issues put up by their supporters, regardless of the support from their own members, in once case saying “A few people try to game the system by flooding certain campaign suggestions with votes from fake accounts” so what does that say about their membership quota, let alone their online grass roots actions remaining valid?

 

It seems strange that a so-called grassroots democracy movement, which is rarely shy to boast about its membership base of over 400,000, would suddenly take such a dismissive attitude to many of these same members when they overwhelmingly vote in favor of an issue, which a select few individuals at head office don’t approve. Coincidentally in each case they were issues, which went against the Labor/Greens agenda.

 

Misinformation and missing information is not my idea of a genuine and honest grass roots peoples movement, in fact it reminds me more about what our system of politics has become in the eyes of the electorate, “promise and do what ever is needed to achieve an agenda” rather than working towards what the people themselves prefer.

 

GetUp’s annual reports for both the 06/07 and 07/08 financial years are both absent from its website, which also claims replacements for Thornley and Shorten are “imminent”, well that was years ago, and they still remain heavily involved, and copies of their reports I saved years ago, clearly show both as large donors to Getup.

 

I must admit to being confused by GetUp’s financials, when they proudly announce their “Not for Profit status” while spending excessive amounts on wages and administration. The ASIC filings reveal a massive $1 million wages bill, an issue former Executive Director Brett Solomon was grilled on in 2007. The $2.2 million gap between total donations ($3.4 million) and political expenditure ($1.2 million) would indicate a significant proportion of total revenue is spent on day-to-day running costs, on top of a huge wages bill, but where are the details?

 

“Divide and conquer” is a relevant saying here and clouding the truth is an integral part of maintaining the divide, just like the words “climate change” rather than “Environmental protection” continue to divide opinion, we may all back the later words, but unity is not part of the plan, and haven’t we all had enough of games when it comes to our future?

 

While the people of the world continue to reward false promise and deception, our path will remain in the same direction, genuine grass roots unity is the only way forward, and a large part of that is seeing through the lies and deceit, which if we all sit back and reflect on what we all know, is not that hard.

 

The saddest part of this story is I have so much more to add, in particular my own documented experiences, but for now, I will leave it to the reader to make their own conclusions.

 

It may be the case genuine grass roots movements like the Alliance, have no chance with out big money and the almighty spin machine, as if we the people simply can not unite without others pulling our strings, in the same way our supposed representatives must adhere to policy direction not of the peoples choosing, lets hope that is not the case.

 

Mark M Aldridge

The Alliance “in the pursuit of unity”

 

(08) 82847482 / 0403379500

aldridgemark@bigpond.com

www.markmaldridge.com

 

Climate change V the Environment

June 6, 2011

The way forward for the Environment deserves honest debate

 

First things first when addressing the planets future is that of the environment, lets push aside global warming debate and the associated decade old argument as to the true driver of climate, and get on with the real concerns, planning for future disasters, increasing renewable energy, reducing pollution and ensuring adequate supplies of potable water, power and food stocks.

 

They say sunshine and sea breezes can not power an industrial economy, I know I have voiced my concerns for many years, the only reason for this idealism, is lack of government funded research into mass power and water storage.

 

When considering the way forward, population, available resources, and future investment are of the utmost concern, interconnected national high speed mono rail, water and power transmission have always been of the table, as have major infrastructure plans akin to the Snowy river scheme.

 

Using under ground compressed air, pre-pumped hydro, Ultra capacitors and mass storage batteries like, Sodium Sulfur or “NAS” batteries, Lithium-ion Batteries and flow batteries as mass storage for existing green energy generation like solar and wind, would be the ideal step in the reduction of fossil fuel generation of base load power, even better is the fact, it would appease those who do and do not believe in Co2 caused warming.

 

I wonder is any scientists have considered mass water storage at high altitudes, water being pumped their by excess green energy, and using it supply water and hydro electricity when the sunshine or wind are not around, the water itself could add to much needed environmental flows, but such Ideals have become a thing of the past.

 

The diversion of vital crop production is nothing short of genocide while population growth is on the agenda of western capitalism, looking to the past of our societies we in the most overlook ideal crops for the many industrial gaps that would appear if we wish to address our long term environmental issues.

 

Hemp has long been taboo since the 1950’s and 60’s cannabis prohibition propaganda, yet in itself holds a lot of our answers, for those who hold Co2 emissions as our primary concern, hemp is renowned for its consumption of Co2 and other airborne pollution, grows quickly and consumes very little.

 

Bio fuels like ethanol or bio diesel, bio degradable plastics, textile and paper manufacturing, food stocks of the highest caliber and Omega 3 content, and latest break through in hemp building products and vehicle manufacturing, the applications are mind boggling.

 

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” – Henry Ford

 

Nuclear power will now remain of the agenda due to catastrophes in recent times, but even prior, modern break through’s in High temperature pebble bed reactors, Alvis and simplex spent fuel recycling and isotope recovery, I wrote about a decade ago, have been in the most shelved for the past decade.

 

While people in my own state of South Australia drive around with hydrogen complimented vehicles, electric and bio=diesel powered transport, they do so in silence as not one of their ideas or the many issues I have raised so far are on the agenda, yet tens of thousands of people will blindly follow a huge billion dollar tax of which even the name is dodgy (carbon pollution tax) to describe Co2 the life blood of the planet, in which the government promise will change the weather.

 

Do we want to protect and save the environment or change the weather, or do some of, or all of the aforementioned Ideals do both? And ask your self; will any of these issues be part of the carbon tax agenda?

 

The sad fact is the 113 million the federal government will spend on promoting the carbon tax before the legislation is even on the table would cover research into all the ideals aforementioned.

 

With the government itself making it clear the 11 billion plus new “Carbon Pollution” tax will be passed onto we the people, and the regular proposed increases, the incentives for such innovations just wont be there, neither will any urgency for big polluters to curb their ways, it is far more likely that we will see fingers in the billion dollar pie, just as Europe recently uncovered.

 

If sea levels are to rise and cause hundreds of billions of dollars damage, why not take action to secure our low lying areas, and increasing investment in hospitals and emergency service, rather than plan to change the climate in which we live, because Australia has no hope of doing that alone as even if we closed down tomorrow, the IPCC them selves point to man made Co2 emissions of 3% and Australia at less than 1% of that, 20% of 1% of 3% of 0.28% make up of man made green house gas.

 

To be honest it is not about the weather, but about the environment, because they work hand in hand, it is all about the way forward for us as a global community, and to me it seems the biggest victim is the truth and honest and open debate.

 

The Carbon tax is a done deal in Australia even though polls show a majority of the people are against it, the Government are pulling all their resources, spending tens of millions of our money promoting their tax, using their lobby group GetUp with Union backing, and their media clout to ensure their promise is supported, with out even having to let us know the details, and our children are being taught the very same position in our schools, so the debate is already over, not even the mighty pen was heralded.

 

The sudden urgency of a tax on carbon, against such public opposition reeks of interference from an outside source, the words “Carbon Pollution” to describe Co2 belittles the truth, in the same way the argument that we can “change the weather”, divides the community, everyone debates the science, while those employed to sell the ideals like GetUP (Sorros/Unions) Labor (Garnaut) and the UN’s IPCC (Al Gore) are not climate scientists, and it is commonly known that any scientific opponents of the debate are chastised and find themselves out of work.

 

Al gores the “convenient truth” was torn to pieces in the high court for its use of misleading information, Australia’s advertising promotions, have been found wanting of the truth, using images of smoke stacks, billowing black smoke are of an English plant closed almost 30 years ago, 146 of the 150 people in our House of Representatives were elected at the last election on the specific promise that they’d say “no” to a carbon tax, yet still the supporters of the tax, seem to have no understanding as to why any would oppose it, maybe if truth was on the agenda, and it was called the “Save the Environment Tax” just maybe it would be swallowed easier.

 

It helps not that the Liberal opposition have nothing sensible on the table, which only empowers Labor’s new found supporters as if any action is better than none, which has become the catch cry of the new tax believers, leaving the rest of us with no choice but to oppose tax, with no just environmental plan to support, something we should have become accustomed in out ailing 2 party system.

 

The only way forward is to abandon the climate debate, and embrace the environmental needs of the planet, allow open and honest debate and start immediately to initiate rewards for innovation, and funding for mass power storage and alternate energy and crop production, and to come up with ideals to force big polluters to become accountable with out being able to pass the buck onto the end user.

 

Here’s to unity and open and honest debate.

 

Mark M Aldridge

Independent Candidate

Proud member of the Alliance

aldridgemark@bigpond.com

www.markmaldridge.com

Australian Farmers and the Carbon Tax, lies lies and more lies

June 3, 2011

Dear Friends on the land, and in the Australian community

The Gillard Labor government is hell-bent on destroying what generations of Australians and farmers have worked for and is doing so in the name of a regressive carbon tax that ordinary Australians have been denied a say on, considering it can easily be said the people voted Not to have the tax.

This week the warning bells farmers and regional communities just rang even louder, nby way of the words we did not need to hear. Labor’s chief climate advisor Professor Ross Garnaut exploded the government’s myth that only the big polluters will pay, confirming in his own words:

‘Australian households will, ultimately, bear the full cost of a carbon price.’

His final report, released this week, exposed the plan to fully include agriculture in the carbon tax regime from as early as 2015, overseas nations have already found the tax not only wanting, but with continued increase is the very emissions it is said to reduce. Australian farmers have been promised for years that their direct emissions will be excluded under a carbon regime.

Now, in the final stages of a deal with the Greens and a hand full of sell out Independents, it appears all bets are off. Farmers are now squarely in this government’s carbon tax sights. Prof Garnaut’s report says: ‘The proposed date for inclusion of New Zealand agriculture (2015) is a good time for a review of whether circumstances have changed enough for Australia to have full coverage of the land sector.

’ The paper also justifies farmers’ concerns that the proposed Carbon Farming Initiative may be just a Trojan horse to get bureaucrats through the farm gate to develop measurement systems accurate enough to ensure agriculture’s full coverage under a scheme. Again, Prof Garnaut writes: ‘The Independent Committee should undertake this review in 2015 and examine the barriers to full coverage of the land sectors in the emissions trading scheme. The review should examine experience in measuring and administering offsets for land-based emissions within the Carbon Farming Initiative.

’ The Nationals figures show these revelations coincided with new research from the Australian Farm Institute. Modelling shows that a carbon price of $36 per tonne would wipe almost $37,000-a-year off the bottom line of WA grain growers. Overseas countries have proven their respective governments have had no success at such a low price on carbon, so what may lie ahead in terms of price increases, with over 11 billion estimated to be raised based on $25 a tonne. The National Farmers’ Federation added its voice, on behalf of Australia’s 136,000 farmers, to the growing mainstream chorus saying ‘NO’ to a carbon tax.

Saying No brings with it attacks on ones credibility, yet those blindly following the Gillard governments price on Carbon, do so with little or know idea of the terms to be applied by the legislation, one wonders when Julia earned such trust, considering a vote for Labor was a vote for No carbon tax, only months ago. .

It will be ordinary Australians footing the bill for the government’s $13.7 million carbon tax advertising blitz, earmarked in the federal budget, and the sell will have no truth what so ever, pictures of old power stations closed over 30 years ago, showing enhanced emissions to scare the people into action, all at our expense and Australians will keep on paying once a carbon tax is in, not the big polluters.

Norway as an example, has increases its Co2 emissions by over 40% since the introduction of their Carbon tax, and their people and industry have suffered as a consequence, good reason for Gillard to keep the details of her legislation out of plain sight. Another example, agricultural production in this country is a mainstay of our economy and fundamental to our quality of life. Our farmers drive $155 billion-a-year in production, $32 billion in annual exports and support 1.6 million jobs.

That’s a hell of a lot to sacrifice at the altar of a carbon tax, considering our farmers are amongst the most efficient in the world. We must act in the best interests of our environmental future, but a carbon tax is not the solution. It will kill Australian production and jobs in favour of jobs in countries that don’t tax carbon dioxide and will result in us importing more from countries with higher CO2 emissions than our own, resulting in zero gain for the planet.

To throw all that we have worked for out the window, only to see rising global food demand shift to higher polluting countries, makes no sense, and blindly following the promises of a government that have not earned such faith even more so.

Yours Faithfully,

Mark M Aldridge Independent Candidate South Australia

Proud members of the Alliance Australia