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Mark Latham's Outsiders - UPDATE

ABC NEWS, 8 May 2017

Mark Latham joins Liberal Democrats Party, hails them as 'party of freedom'

Mark Latham has praised the Liberal Democrats, calling them a 'party of freedom'.© Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image

Mark Latham has praised the Liberal Democrats, calling them a 'party of freedom'. Former federal Labor opposition leader Mark Latham turned media commentator has announced he will join the Liberal Democrats Party, headed by David Leyonhjelm.

Mr Latham revealed his decision in a post on his Facebook page, saying he was returning to politics to "play a role in fighting for our national values".

"I support 80-90 per cent of the Liberal Democrats platform, pretty good for someone with strong views formed over a long period of time," Mr Latham said.

"So I have joined up and want to play a role in fighting for our national values, based on personal freedom and responsibility."

He said the "party of freedom" allowed room for "dissent and diversity of opinion", something he said contrasted greatly to the values of his former party.

"Shorten Labor is only interested in diversity of skin colour, gender and sexuality — Safe Schools BS," Mr Latham wrote.

The comments came on the same day Labor leader Bill Shorten was forced to promise a review into an ALP video that sparked racism allegations and some internal party anger.



Mark Latham's Outsiders

We recently received an email, purporting to be from supporters of former Australian Labor leader, Mark Latham, and proposing the formation of a supporters group.

Unfortunately, the source of that email suggests mischief rather than a genuine desire to support Mark Latham or his ideas.  So we present the following "Manifesto" with the reservation that Mark may not, in reality, be the author of the material, or may not have approved all the material presented on the website it is linked to.

Putting that aside for a moment, we certainly agree with many of Mark's ideas and believe he is tapping into the widespread sentiment of a very disaffected electorate.

We also agree that the existing political Parties are making a real hash of "governing" us.  Serving in Parliament should not be a political career for Party hacks, but an opportunity for Australians with life experience and skills to provide leadership to our nation.  Serving in Parliament should not be seen as an invitation to feather one's own nest or "get on the gravy train", but an opportunity to contribute to the "common wealth" of all Australians.

Like many others, we also believe that there would be widespread support for a new political Party based on the following ideas, but any new Party would need to be a completely fresh organisation, without any interference from existing political Parties or professional "practitioners" with vested interests.  Too many other good ideas have been squandered by the individuals involved, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of decent Australians who are seeking a genuine alternative to the present "political class".

17 April 2017

The Outsiders' Manifesto
1. Big cuts to immigration, an end to official multiculturalism, and temporary protection (not permanent settlement) for refugees.
2. Removal of the political class, by pegging politicians' and senior bureaucrats' salaries to the median wage, and introducing term limits.

3. A new war on poverty, with a serious assault on inter-generational poverty.
4. Ending the era of big government, by abolition of corporate and middle-class welfare, and energy subsidies. The top marginal tax rate should be cut from 49% to 35, with the tax-free threshold lifted to $20,000.

5. Slashing regulation on businesses and community organisations.

6. Breaking up concentrations of corporate power with caps on domestic share of oligopolies in retailing, banking, telecoms, media, insurance, transport, and energy.

7. Extending ownership to the Outsiders through big tax cuts for firms with employee ownership and shared employer-employee governance.

8. Democratising the ABC, making it a clearing house for citizen-based broadcasting.
9. An end to provider-centred social policy, through a transfer of funding from providers of services to users of services, families and communities. 

10. Urgent school education reform, to transform the face of Australian teaching and learning.

11. Reform of universities, to introduce public accountability.

12. Australia First defence and foreign policy, based on a self-reliant defence capacity.