MARK M ALDRIDGE - "voice of the Community" Community Advocate
MY IDEALS IN BRIEF 


Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
The "will of the people" shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Article 21(3)

 Water and the Murray River, the major parties have it all wrong, our water comes from a variety of sources, the river is over allocated, but buying back water entitlements will only have an adverse affect on produce, so we must take action to improve flows via ideals like those of Professor Endersbee (search and see) piping excess water to the river, our Aquifers are in even worse condition, but out of sight out of mind, and storm water recycling could water proof our state on its own, (have a chat with Colin Pitman) in every case we need representatives whose ideal of long term future, is a greater vision than the term between elections. See more in my article "Water proofing SA"
  
(Do any of us truly believe that great infrastructure projects like the Snowy river scheme would have become reality with either of political parties we have endured over the past 20 years?)   
 
Human and Civil rights, we in Australia have no enforceable rights, so a bill of rights is essential, and all recent legislation must be changed to comply, a copy of my own version is on the right hand side index  
 
 ICAC, essential to every state in Australia, presently parliament and our police services do not face any independent scrutiny, we regularly hear of corruption where the perpetrators face little or no punishment, with police officers suspended with full pay, no where near an adequate deterrent, the Mulligan report found over 100 child deaths of a suspicious nature in government care, yet no action has been taken, not good enough. see more  
 
Climate Change, the climate has always changed, and clearing land, pursuing huge population growth and the emission of pollutants does not help in terms of our long term environmental future, but to blame Co2 or introduce a huge new tax, is not the answer, rewarding self reliance and initiatives in green power production would be a more educated approach. (see my full article on carbon tax)
 
 While big Oil and the motor industry have such power over our Government, the advances we could already be enjoying, electric cars and bio fuels, will be slow in coming, taking power away from the 2 party system, would give back more control of our environmental future to we the people.   
 
Democracy, “If change be necessary it must be by the free will of an informed electorate” we can not continue to be forced to preference all the candidates while at the same time being denied access to whom they are, either we are provided with equitable details of all our choices, or we are awarded optional preferential voting, we need an independent body to both create electoral reform and police the election process.  Dodgy how to vote slips, misleading advertising and Identity theft of candidates is a disgrace, missing postal ballots, fraudulent counting, false promise and a raft of undemocratic actions, must be stopped and those responsible brought to account. (I have many articles on democracy :)   
 
Disability and Mental Health,  http://weekly-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au/your-news/story/has-sa-forgotton-these-children2/   funding is in some cases more than 50% behind the needs of those we can easily call our most vulnerable, our very own children languish on critical waiting lists, while unessential infrastructure receives all the election pledges, proven advances in early intervention and stigma reduction, all very successful overseas, can not be seen by out political parties whose vision is blurred by self interest (winning elections) I have stood up and spoken on many occasions, holding awareness rallies and the like, and yet nothing has changed.  This situation is nothing but appalling and a Number 1 priority compared to the need for improved stadiums and broadband speeds.     
 
 Taxation, our complicated 500 page plus tax system is both archaic and lacks any concept of equity, my views are to abolish the whole thing and start again, leaving payroll out of the equation, the concept of an electronic debits tax, from my research seems to hold all the answers. Until such vision can be achieved, I would lower the tax-free threshold as found in my Taxation pages, so as to help support lower income families and small business. Funding of this simple but effective change would be by way of the abolishment of government subsidies, which are nothing more than telling us how to spend our over paid tax dollars, any change must ensure equity for all Businesses operating in Australia, while we are at it, we should abolish the Menzies double tax Act. if you make money here, bloody pay your tax here.     
 
 Immigration, time to sit back and reflect here, population growth is not the answer to all our woes, in fact it is the exact opposite, the world must have a limit, as to what that is I do not know, while we are stifling food production, avoiding an increase in potable water supplies, health care services and the like, best we play catch up with our essential infrastructure as our number one priority.  I am a compassionate man, and believe we have the ability to help those in need, but not at the expense of every Australians futures, with over 100,000 Aussies living on the streets, and our elderly having trouble making ends meet, we must lower immigration, and in doing so consider only those based on their honest needs and with a history of being capable and willing to integrate into our Australian way of life.     
 
 Power Production, “use less and pay more” not the catch cry of leaders with vision, if we increase population, we must increase base load power, as much as I crave green energy as base load power production, it has yet to become a reality, which ever party wins the 2010 Federal election, they will go down the path of Nuclear, I would like to ensure if this has to occur, we embrace the safest and most advanced designs, but again that will take vision, so the latest and safest high temp pebble bed reactors and spent fuel recycling like Alvis and Simplex will not be on the agenda.  I propose our own nuclear Industry, to ensure if Nuclear is on the agenda, we lead the way rather than follow   
 
Community safety, now on this matter I am a dreamer, as a child I felt safe on the streets, erecting a tent in the front yard, for sleep overs, and I demand my children and theirs the same safe community, our police services are being used for state revenue raising rather than servicing local communities, an ever increasing range of new laws are doing nothing more than invading our personal lives, and this problem is increasing also because we the people are not pulling our weight, it is our job to ensure our children are safe. Police numbers need to be increased to keep up with community expectations, revenue raising must be separated from police services, and we in the community must take some bloody responsibility for our children’s safety.    
 
 Equality, Gay, Greek, Australian, Aboriginal, Male, Female, even Aliens, division is caused by inequality, each and every person in our country regardless of colour or creed, the same laws and support services should apply, very simple.    
 
 Investment, Australia is not for sale, our water, farms, land, railways, ports and mining, none of it, it belongs to the people and the country, and any that has been sold, should be brought back into Australian ownership    
 
 Education, The education system is becoming overwhelmed by both political correctness and government intervention, those most in need of extra support services are falling between the cracks, becoming a long term financial liability to the country, our education system is under resourced, under staffed and under prioritised.  It is past time our teachers were employed to teacher rather than given the job of bringing up our children, they must be given the freedom to pursue appropriate punishments with out fear of reprisal, to ensure adequate education and have the resources to educate those with special needs    
 
Infrastructure, Underground water infrastructure in many cities is over 120 years old, power stations are ageing and in need of replacement, with their boilers running on desalinated water to extend their use by dates, storm water and sewerage is antiquated and in need of up grading, yet not even false promise for our future, grand ideals of underground access tunnels to cover future storm water harvesting, broad band up grades and shared resources are not even on the agenda.   
 
 Live Music V’s Pokies, phase them out by the lowering of the maximum bet until it is that low, no more good people are loosing their lively hood, I will fight for the re-introduction of local live entertainment as an avenue to entice people back into pubs, outside smoking areas will be retained as a freedom of choice, and the price of a glass of beer, should be capped for the next 5 years as should cigarettes, as they have endured inequitable tax increases.   
 
Animal Rights, Every sentient being has the same right to quality of life, including our livestock, as the owner of a Native Sanctuary I will demand no less than increased accountability and associated penalties for animal abuse of any form. My wife and I run and fund our own Native Animal Sanctuary, so our position is concrete.  
 
Country representation
, Regional areas of Australia are not receiving their share of the infrastructure or health care funding, yet many regional areas are responsible for a greater share of the countries productivity, equity in funding for regional areas is there fore paramount.    
Please check the media article located on the left of this page, and see more about each subject and many more 
 
 
 
 
 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
The "will of the people" shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 21(3)












































The 2014 South Australian state election will elect members to the 53rd Parliament of South Australia on 15 March 2014. All seats in the House of Assembly or lower house, whose current members were elected at the 2010 election, and half the seats in the Legislative Council or upper house, last filled at the 2006 election, will become vacant. The 12-year incumbent Australian Labor Party, currently led by Premier Jay Weatherill, will be challenged by the opposition Liberal Party of Australia, currently led by Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond. The ramsay electorates main contender will be Mark Aldridge Independent son of the local councils mayor Gillian Aldridge

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