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Thursday, March 22, 2007

For the record



He didn't pick my favorites as his, but I doubt "he" was Kevin Rudd anyway.
My pet policies are the knowledge-workers-to-the-bush economic initiative, "100 year debt relief for farmers willing to sign on to develop 100 year sustainable-use plans" Was glad to see he picked up the "inland sea" idea. It either shows a sense of humor or a big vision for Oz.


from "Rudd, Kevin (MP)" Kevin.Rudd.MP@aph.gov.au
date Mar 22, 2007 11:45 AM
subject RE: Policy Ideas, as requested
mailed-by aph.gov.au


Thank you very much for your lengthy email and welcome advice. I hope
you had a great Christmas and apologise for the delay in responding. As
you can imagine, we have been inundated with good wishes and many
practical ideas. My staff are working through these messages and sorting
the wheat from the chaff.

I appreciate the fact that your suggestions reaffirm my belief that
people in Australia have had enough of the Howard government's
mean-spirited and market-driven approach and need some fresh ideas. I'm
not sure which of your suggestions appealed to me most -- the parenting
licence, the rule about each bathtub being built on top of a cistern or
the splendid vision of reestablishing the inland sea!

It did me good to read your email and feel the optimism and energy
behind it. I hope in government I can encourage those with dreams and
ideas to pursue them in the nation's interest, and that I can bring more
compassion and balance to our society and look after those who need
looking after.

You can keep up to date with Labor's policies at www.alp.org.au. Why not
subscribe to the e-news?

Kind regards


Kevin Rudd
Federal Labor Leader
Member for Griffith




-----Original Message-----

Sent: Tuesday, 5 December 2006 10:06 AM
To: Rudd, Kevin (MP)
Subject: Policy Ideas, as requested


Kevin,

So glad to see you've finally made it. You're one of the only
politicians I can actually take seriously. I'd like to make a few
policy suggestions. If you'd like to discuss details further, please
don't hesitate to contact me:

Economic Policy:

Payroll tax relief for companies that farm knowledge-workers out to
rural Australia. The workers won't need any tax benefits because
they'll be earning city wages doing city work over the phone lines.
Knock-on benefit here; big business will then have an interest in
keeping Telstra honest on the service-level to the bush issue. Further
knock-on is knowledge workers working from home will have, how should
I put this, greater access to their significant others. With this sort
of opportunity , I would expect to see more of these people having
more children sooner. A further benefit here is that knowledge workers
are, almost by definition, pro-education and educated themselves.
Education oriented population growth would be benificial to country
Australia (and considering the demographics, to the left-of-centre
vote).


Education:

1. Education credit granted to parents to be used for their kids'
education. Granted up front, upon birth. Parents then decide if they
want to apply the grant to child-care or private education or tertiary
education (maybe there'd be room for the grant to appreciate if
parents "declare" their intention, acting similar to a bond ). And
eduction costs based on units of credit, making a scale grant amount
to get through primary/secondary, a year whatever. This would mean the
actual $$ value at a private school would have little relationship to
the value of the grant. I.e.anybody could afford King's.

1.5 I'm also considering a parental licencing scheme. Federally
supplied licence which determines how monetary benefits, and credits
as above, are distributed. If you are a licenced parent the benefits
are allocated directly to you for discretionary use (as happens
currently). If you are not a licenced parent a licenced representative
will be assigned to your child to ensure distribution of benefit is
actually beneficial to the child. Lots of questions unanswered here,
like what are the criteria, term of licence, etc. (I almost can't even
believe I've written that down, but man! what a great dog-whistle
policy.)

2. Semantic web work. Kids make relations in a database, those
relations are vetted/added to by kids the next grade up (it'd be easy
to do this in a game format - see http://www.peekaboom.org/>www.peekaboom.org). In primary school
not strict ontologies, but wiki-style tagged folkosnomies. In
secondary and tertiary school these relationships would again be
appended to with more formal citations (research based). I'm a
believer that accuracy is less important than the completeness/bulk of
meta-information.

Immigration:

No more Yanks, Poms, Asians, people of Middle Eastern Appearance,
individuals who don't believe in changing their underwear or washing
daily, people who smoke and throw their butts on the ground, people native English speakers with poor grammar (unable to use "their", "there", and "they're" correctly, or "then" and "than" would be my simple litmus), people
unable to politely form or join a queue.


Above all, no more people who are men.
Most of the problems faced by multi-cultural societies (that make the news)
are caused by young alienated men
. Limiting populations of
(especially single) male immigrants would take a lot of charge out of
immigrant groups and allow room for acculturation. Women don't
necessarily acculturate better than men, but do tend to be less
physically violent while feeling alienated.

All of the above restrictions are exclusive of the humanitarian visa
program and are to be waved if the individual is willing/able to
participate in the knowledge-workers-to-the-bush economic initiative;
excepting men, and the people who smoke and throw their butts on the
ground (because people who smoke and throw their butts on the ground
should be sent to hell instead).

The French and Israelis should be allowed to immigrate to Australia in
modest numbers (primarily because they're the least likely to want
to).


Environment/Development:

Do something about cigarette butts and boxes. They constitute
somewhere's around 50% of all litter. Cigarette companies should be
directed to make these items more water-soluable. Smokers should be
told to mind their manners.

Full catchment requirements on new development. All bathtubs built on
top of a cistern that feeds the toilet. All roofs drain to tanks that
feed washing machines and outdoor water. Full tax writeoff for
catchment addition to existing development.

100 year debt relief for farmers willing to sign on to develop 100
year sustainable-use plans for their land. The debt relief should be
funded by 100 year federal treasury bonds. ( the 100 year idea is
intended to span more than one lifetime, and get people to think about
what they're leaving to their children's children)

Approximately 140 million years ago much of central Australia was an
inland sea and fine mineral sands rich in Silica were washed up on its
shores. The sea eventually receded and formed what is now kown as the
Great Artesian Basin. A project on the scale of China's recent Three
Gorges Dam should be considered to re-establish this inland sea. A
large mass of water in central Australia would aid in rain bearing
cloud formation, stabilize climate, and increase arable land mass.


Foreign Policy:

Less wars. Economically engage India more than China (even though it's
twice as frustrating and half as profitable, it's three times more
ethical). Fund the English subtitling of the daily news on SBS from
around the world to increase Australian's international awareness.

Ahh, thanks for that. I feel better now. And I feel like we've got a
shot now.

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