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Virtual Party: Education Points & Plan draft:

Education is a right, not a privilege. Education should not be restricted to or out of reach for any Australian. The future of Australia is dependent on how well we use and therefore how well we educate and prepare knowledge and skills. Education should not be just for those who can afford it or limited by age but the right for all Australians who pursue it. Through better education we achieve greater things as a society and as a country. Our goals are to help facilitate and encourage every Australian to continue to better their opportunities by making education available, affordable and relevant to their and the country’s needs. The reality of the current system where students are encouraged and or compelled to gain a degree by staying within the education system is not the best use of the system for many individuals. Far too many people have degrees in a field they do not practice or work in. This means the qualifications prove only that the individual has demonstrated the ability to learn. Whist this is desirable by some institutions it does not represent good value for the individual who has acquired the debt studying a subject they have now, no interest in. Leaving school and obtaining life skills and work knowledge will for many, lead them to study and acquire qualifications they will apply to their working career and life. This is for some, is a far better advantageous approach. There is also the potential that the individual has made saving in their time in the workforce which can significantly reduce or remove the amount of debt the individual has on completion of their learning.
Virtual Party: Education Points & Plan draft:
• The future of our education program will begin by looking at world’s best practices and adopting and adapting them to suit Australia’s needs, limitations and advantages. All teachers in Australia will be asked to but not compelled to, assist in creating workable platforms for measurable outcomes. It is only through participation and a consulted approach can we expect to achieve a better and a more productive platform of education. We must take into account rural, remote, regional and local needs and limitations and advantages to achieve this goal.
• Primary education: The basics of Maths, English, Reading and Writing will be addressed as the corner stone of early years in education. This will assist and ensure students are adequately prepared for further education and when ready, entering the work force
• Secondary education: Greater emphasis will be placed on advanced primary education skills and learning together with set curriculum classes and elective courses to accommodate the individual’s aspirations. Guidance councillors (G.C.) will meet with students regularly to review the strengths and weakness of their academic status. The G.C. will have the grades of students on hand and will meet with parents and teachers to agree on changes to the student’s curriculum to facilitate means of bring students up to an acceptable standard to achieve adequate grades. The G.C. will also assist in guiding the student towards a career path going forward.
• Higher Learning Education (1): The Technical and Further Education centres will be better funded and reviewed for participation and relevance of courses. Different requirements or industry specific areas may take additional courses whilst others will be moved to more appropriate or industry specific areas. We will seek participation from Companies, Corporations and Institutions to assist in Apprenticeship programs. We will introduce a competition programs between simular programs/courses across the country and seek support from Companies, Corporations and Institutions by way of taking on participants at the completion of the courses with regards to aptitude and relevance of skills and abilities. We will also seek/lobby for participation from State owned media to show case the breadth of talent within these competitions and courses. Individuals who enter the workforce as trainees or apprentices will be reviewed regularly and employers will need to show the individuals have spent a minimum of 60% of their time in the work place in a practical learning environment.
• Higher Learning Education (2): University studies and Degree’s. We will look for ways for all Australians to re-enter the education system as they desire to do so. We will introduce new ways of reducing student debts and investigate ways of increasing the opportunities available them at the completion of their qualification. This will include options such as, students being contracted to work on Governments projects part time to repay loans acquired to facilitate their education. Contracts for minimum time to work in Australia before taking up employment overseas to be considered as a prerequisite for loans. Mentorships will be introduced with successful graduates being able to assist in group participations for understanding the fundamentals of a course or degree. In some cases, entering into a contract where the Government is to be a shareholder in ventures and or technology where it is deemed a greater dividend than the debt is the outcome. The shareholders stake can be sold to other persons and or entities with consideration to its partners and the national interest.
• The Education System in a holistic approach: We will advocate that every person in Australia is able to leave the education system once a year 10 or equivalent has been reached. However, they will be encouraged to return at any time in their life to gain further education whether it be as a trade or and a degree. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) from work place achievements and knowledge will be assessed through exams and will play a part in fast tracking those already versed in aspects of a course or degree reducing the time out of the work force and the potential of additional debt.
• Some of the points in this plan already exist. However, we will continually through consultation and reviews fine tune these practices. The changes or new aspects are in place to assist the students and education professionals in what is the end goal, which is once entering into mainstream work place the individuals are properly prepared to be constructive and valuable members to their employers.

Party Objectives: The government is here for a term, the people are here for life and the decisions of government should reflect this. draft

The aim of the Virtual Party is to offer, for all Australians a true democracy not the current perverse sense of democracy which, currently works for politicians and party lines and against the people of Australia.
All people will have the opportunity to vote on almost all points before the government. The only items which will not be offered through this system of voting are those relating to national security where the exposure would leave our country open to a disadvantage security risk in a global field. You will have the ability to vote for or against all domestic policies and laws which would come before the government.
Initially, we will try to bring pressure to bear on members of the government and mainstream parties to vote as you the public have asked/indicated would be your preference.
If this fails to achieve the desired objective/results, we will seek to assist the election of an independent candidate who is willing to take your voice before the government.
If this option also fails to reach the desired result, we will register as a political party in its own right and seek suitable candidates to run for seats/office where your voice will be our voice ensuring our mantra of a true and free democracy will vote accordingly.
The Australian Constitution says, an elected member will re-present on behalf of the people. Over many years and many governments this simple yet crucial phrase has been perverted in the vested interest of politicians and parties to read, the member will represent the people. The difference between these two phrases is that they are miles apart in interpretation. Currently, once you elect a member, your voice is lost for the term of the government. The party policy must be adhered to by any member of the party. If your views differ from the patties view you are ignored and try as you may through demonstrations, petitions etc. you have no voice and no way to change that which you have a right to change. Your views and or dissent have no effect. Promises are lies in waiting.
Example: In recent surveys the Australian people have been asked if they would support same sex marriage. Although this is a philosophical and an emotional issue, more than 80% of Australians were of the affirmative in acceptance. Yet, the government refused to make the necessary amendments and accept the will of the people. The church and the state collude and conspire to prevent democracy and to refuse your right to have change.
We will not prevent you from being progressive but support your desires for change, seeking to repeal unjust laws and amendments to the constitution which remove or restrict your rights but only if the Australian public/citizens numbers support those changes and repeals.
The separation between state and church along with affiliations with big business and unions will not happen under our banner. No contributions to campaign funds be accepted by business interests or unions, we will remain independent to all interest except those of the Australian people.
Ladies and Gentlemen, This is true Democracy.

Mission Statement: draft

Points: – 1) transparency – The web site will show the number of people who voted in the affirmative and the negative for each item before the public for voting
2) Democracy – We vote how you have asked us to vote. Not the way of a party line (as there is no party line with in the Virtual Party, it is a true democracy). We do not vote for what we believe is the best action to take but as the numbers for the affirmative have shown or told us is the desired action of the people.
3) Pros and Cons debate papers – Groups from either side of an argument will be asked to submit papers outlining the reason they are for and against issues to be voted on. These papers will be published on the web site for all members of the public to read before you make cast your vote for action to be taken by the party.
4) An Open Party – We will take on board any ideas or issues you want raised and addressed through forum pages on our web site. Items which raise sufficient interests and awareness will be elevated to points we will take on the people’s behalf, to the government. Your passion and your ability to raise awareness will be key to getting sufficient votes to have your issues elevated to item 3) pros and Cons section of the web site.