Julie Peters

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As candidate for Monash Province


Thank You ...

Hello ... I'm Julie Peters .... and I'm standing for Monash Province ... because I'm not impressed ... with the Liberals ... NOR with Labor.

And I'm a Democrat because the Democrats' principles and policies offer a Victoria I'd like to live in.

As an Australian Democrat ... I'm driven by a sense of social justice ,.. respect for the environment ... and building a society .. that allows us all .. to prosper.


The politics of the past ... has either promised social justice ... OR prosperity. But we need both - - social prosperity!

This long term social prosperity .... depends on our ability ... to build industry, ... agriculture,.. the environment,.. services ... and the arts.

And we need .. to support .. and build up the pillars ... that hold up this prosperity.


Education is one of .. the pillars of prosperity.

But the Kennett government ... sees public education as a cost ... rather than ... as an investment in our futures.

Whole life ... and career education .. are important in helping Victorians ... achieve the futures we want.


Health care ,... preventative, curative and palliative ,... are all pillars of prosperity.

The econonomic irrationalists ... have cut health care ... because it it not `profitable'.

Another pillar of properity ... is safe, efficient public infrastructure; ... and this is best done ... by a government focused on service ... and not by private enterprise ... inhibited by their profit motives.

Both Liberals and Labor ... have pushed the myth ... that privatisation will ... `increase efficiency'.

That's because ... they just don't have ... the manergerial spunk ... to fix the inefficiencies themselves.

And so they sell off our assets.

This has resulted in services ... only being provided ... where they are `profitable'

And this has increased social dislocation ... and reduced public safety.


Victorians need to be involved ... in solving social problems ... rather than just complaining about them.

Even the most economic irrationalist thinker ... will acknowledge ... that social problems ... such as violence,.. drunkenness,.. racism,.. discrimination,.. drug misuse .. and homelessness ... reduce Victoria's `saleability'.

But I,... like the other Democrats, ... have a sense of social justice.

And we want to ... solve these problems ... and not push them ... under the carpet.


Of late ... we have seen ... a growing culture .. of developers versus conservationists.

Many developers ... supported by government ... see consultation as boring, time consuming and about compromise, .... and so lessening their profit.

Those opposing ... see the developers as arrogant,... myopic ... and building huge phallic constructions .. to compensate for their small vanities.

The Democrats have ... the conflict resolving skills ... to find the solutions .... that give us ... socially beneficial development.

Development that increases ... our air and water quality, ... improves safety ... controls noise ,,, ensures ecoolgical sustainbability ,,, and increases social capital.


Even if we don't win ... opposition or government, ... the

Democrats ... in the Victorian parliament ... will ensure Government and Opposition ... remain accountable.


I was talking ... to a young taxi driver ... recently.

He told me ... he would vote ... for Jeff Kennett because ... quote ... ``Jeff kicks arse''.

I found it amazing ... this young man ... was so disempowered ... that he was attracted ... to a man who was ... ``kicking HIS arse''.


In this election ... the Liberals are offering ... more of the same; ... destruction of public infrastructure; ... the fantasy of a gambling led recovery ... and flashy development that advantages the few.

And it would be nice ... to thing we had a Labor opposition ... that cared for Victorians ... but the truth is .. the faction running the party ... thinks ... that they will be returned to power ... if they become more like the Liberals.


Vote ONE Democrat ... to led by principles; ... social justice, ... social prosperity ... and ecological growth.




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© Copyright Julie Peters 2000
Contact julie@natasha.ironbark.id.au