- Purpose and Objectives of the Health Australia Party
- Principles of the Health Australia Party
- Bylaws of the Health Australia Party
- Conferences and Meetings
- Office Bearers of the Health Australia Party
- Endorsing Representatives
- Membership Requirements
- Financial Transactions
- The name of the party is the “Health Australia Party” which may be shortened to “Health Australia” or “HAP”.
- A “Member” refers to a financial member of the Health Australia Party.
- An “Executive Member” refers to an individual Health Australia Party member having a position on the National Executive and/or the State/Territory Executive.
- The “National Executive” refers to the elected National President, National Vice President, National Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Officer, Registered Officer, Media Officer, and Party Agent, plus those representatives from State/Territory Branches who have been elected to sit on the National Executive, and any Parliamentary members or their proxy.
- The “State/Territory Executive” refers to at a minimum the elected State/Territory Branch President, Vice President and Secretary, plus any other elected State/Territory Branch members up to a maximum of 10 persons.
- The Australian Electoral Commission will be abbreviated to “AEC” and the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 will be referred to as “the Act” throughout this document.
- The “Constitution of the Health Australia Party” may be referred to as the “Constitution” throughout this document.
- The “State/Territory Conference” refers to a meeting of State/Territory Executive Members and any State/Territory Members who wish to attend, to discuss Party matters and ratify amendments.
- The “National Conference” refers to a meeting of National Executive Members to discuss Party matters and ratify amendments.
The name of the party shall be the Health Australia Party or HAP.
3. The Purpose and Charter of the Health Australia Party
- To be a registered political party. To endorse 2 or more candidates, where possible, in each State and Territory, for Federal Senate Elections. Endorsement for Federal House of Representatives and State or Territory elections will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- To promote the principles, objectives and policies of the Health Australia Party through education, organisation and the selection of suitable men and women to carry out this task.
- To promote the political, social and economic order of a democratic national community, free from the powerful national and international vested interests of big business and big unions.
- To recognise that the rights and responsibilities that rest with individuals, families and the local community should be formulated so that the physical, mental and spiritual health of the individual, family or community shall be of utmost importance.
- To advocate for the highest possible quality of education for all citizens to be a major strategy to combatting many of society’s dysfunctions, such as racism, religious intolerance, drug addiction and chronic unemployment.
- To promote the right of all Australians to access natural medicine treatment if they choose, including Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Counselling, Homeopathy, therapeutic Massage and Body Work modalities.
- To promote an appropriate and Government accepted accreditation process for natural medicine practitioners that recognises both measurable competencies, as well as years of practice and experience, that would lead to a greater involvement in the national healthcare system.
4. The Principles of the Health Australia Party
Note: The full list of policies is available at https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/index.php/policies/
The Health Australia Party recognises the following as our ideals:
Health and Healing
- Recognition that a broad, integrative approach to health care is required based on what is best for patients and free from corporate vested interests.
- Support for a national system of health care which encourages collaboration between general practitioners, specialists and natural health care providers.
- Recognition that the present epidemic of chronic diseases in Australia needs to be managed using a different paradigm which includes natural medicine, and that potentially serious infectious diseases be managed using a program of immunisation that is both safe and effective.
- Funding for methodically appropriate objective, independent research into all aspects of natural and pharmaceutical medicine to reliably inform citizens and political leaders of the relative proven costs and benefits to the community.
- Recognition that the absolute requirement for the informed consent of the patient before administration of a medication or a medical procedure/intervention is a basic human right.
- To defend the right of every person/parent/legal guardian to choose to decline invasive medical procedures/interventions with no resultant punitive action of any kind.
- Transform the Australian health care system from a disease management system (albeit with some excellent features such as in emergency medicine) to a health creation system. Promote genuine preventative medicine involving making citizens more healthy in every way – intellectually, emotionally and physically.
Industry, Business and Economics
- Support the principles of undistorted free enterprise where government has an important role to play in the provision of services and initiatives not based purely on a profit motive, as well as to provide reasonable regulations to ensure a level playing field for all participants in the national economy.
- Recognise that the small business sector, including industry, commerce and the farming sector, deserves protection from unfair competition from large national and multinational corporations.
- Limit concentrations of power in corporate business, financial institutions, trade unions, and the communications media that lead inequality of services.
- Cut unnecessary “red tape” that stifles competition.
- Promote targeted “research and development” to further Australia’s future industrial development.
- Recognise that industry, business and economics should provide results that benefit not only individual stakeholders, but also the entire Nation.
Environment and Food
- Encourage environmental sustainability including the improvement of forestry, farming and urban usage.
- Support the development and implementation of clean, renewable energy sources as a primary focus of our energy based society
- Development of long-term planning in any expected population expansion.
- Require comprehensive investigation into environmental hazards before granting extraction/mining approval.
- Prohibit the use of old growth forests for woodchipping or pulping purposes. Promote the phased transition to a plantation hardwood and softwood industry.
- Support the ability of Australian communities to grow food naturally, organically and sustainably.
- Protect the development of diverse agricultures, their storage and transport to markets.
- Foster food co-operatives and more community-based food production in each region to reduce the dependence on imported food sources.
- Develop a more preventative approach to international security; including positive discussion with perceived aggressors.
- Prepare for legitimate self-defence against external aggression through the maintenance of an affordable, flexible and effective deterrent capability.
- Protect the Australian people against outside political interference, economic coercion or external aggression.
- Actively participate in internationally sanctioned peacekeeping operations, and in support for countries experiencing humanitarian crises.
- Ensure that defence procurement decisions be transparent, and insulated from lobbying.
- Recognise that military veterans who serve do so in good faith, and often suffer as a consequence.
- Pursue outcomes that contribute to the health and wellbeing of veterans.
- Defend the political, legal, social and economic foundations of a democratic society and for a self-reliant and secure Australia.
- Uphold the principles of the authority of just law in the protection of the nation-community against exploitation by individual or commercial groups that impact on the life-style of Australian citizens
- Recognise and protect the rights of each person embodied in the common law, statute and traditional way of life.
- Provide Australians with access to high quality, affordable primary, secondary, and tertiary education that promotes intellectual as well as individual achievement and growth.
- Encourage Australians to think clearly and critically in their chosen profession.
- Develop a more wholistic a national curriculum.
Science, Technology and Research
The HAP recognises that over centuries science has made significant positive contributions to the wellbeing of all people. However science has also been responsible for many destructive influences including general pollution, environmental degradation, toxic food and drugs, etc. So a balance is needed, and vested interests that have become entrenched in many areas of science must be identified and eliminated. The HAP supports:
- The establishment of a national advisory committee from all areas of science to oversee and advise the community on all aspects of science in Australia, including the removal of areas of vested interest in science.
- National bodies that have Australian interests at heart, such as the CSIRO.
- The establishment of a National Research Fund which will support projects that have national benefit, and will not be used for the advancement of multinational corporations.
- Encouraging new technologies that can lead to new industries that respect the environment and people.
The HAP recognises that the issues of immigration, border control and the treatment of refugees are among the most difficult as well as potentially most divisive within our community. The HAP does not profess to have all the answers, but recognises the following two principles as fundamental.
- That every human being is valuable, precious and entitled to freedom and self-determination.
- That anybody seeking asylum once they arrive in Australia or its territories, and regardless of their ethnicity or religion, is entitled to protection and humane and dignified treatment.
- Acknowledge that senior citizens have helped build the society we now benefit from and as such should be treated with respect and dignity.
- Safe, effective and affordable health care is a priority.
- Seniors should be given a pension that allows a decent quality of life.
- The infrastructure and networks needed to ensure that our seniors are given the care they require must be identified, and implemented where possible.
- Our Elders should be given a voice and treated with great care and respect.
Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
- Support the present moves to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Australian constitution.
Spirituality, Morality, Ethics and Religion
- Develop and strengthen the spiritual/ethical fabric and cohesion of Australian society by promoting inter-faith understanding and cooperation through dialogue and education and a continued search for shared values.
- Promote establishment of regular inter-faith forums and networks in each state to work with the leadership of all the major faith groups to combat the radicalisation and indoctrination of young people by unstable and divisive elements in the community and on-line.
- Stimulate greater knowledge of, and promote the practice of mindfulness, prayer and meditation as proven low cost and pragmatic ways of improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
- The HAP is committed to ongoing grass roots consultation not only with its members and supporters but with the wider electorate through regular community forums and focus groups.
Leadership and Government
The general Australian community has expressed dissatisfaction with political parties and especially current political leaders. Many people are cynical, and simply fed up with politicians in general and how the current political process generates conflict with little nation building. There is a great need for political leadership which genuinely puts the country first and personal ambitions last. To this end the HAP will:
- Promote leadership that helps others to achieve their greatest potential.
- Oppose leaders who dominate or corrupt others in any way; mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually.
- Encourage a balance of masculine and feminine participation in government.
- Encourage debate on issues that affect us all, and enable all Australians to form and express their opinions.
- Support media that does not promote negative stereotyping and separation, but instead advances positive ideas to build our nation by emphasising what links each of us with others, with our physical environment, and with the great natural Laws that bind us all..
- Support a strong and independent public broadcaster to maintain balance and honesty in the public arena.
Law and Order
- Uphold principles intended to promote personal security, mutual tolerance and respect among all peoples, as well as protection from violence or threat from self-serving, coercive and lawless people or groups.
- Expand the protection given to Australian citizens from fraudulent use of internet hacking and phishing.
- Development of positive communication between nations, regarding foreign aid, migration and refugees, scientific and cultural exchanges, trade and essential defence alliances.
The Arts (Music and Entertainment)
- More support for the arts particularly as a means of education.
- Architecture that focuses on passive solar and the use of alternative technologies that lower our carbon footprint.
- Architecture that encourages the development of communities both in rural areas as well as in large cities.
- Encouraging new technologies that can lead to new industries that respect the environment and people.
5. By-Laws of the Health Australia Party
- The NSW State Conference shall, until a National body is established, have full powers to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws of the HAP for the betterment of the party.
- The National Conference, once formed, shall have full powers to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws of the HAP for the betterment of the party.
- The National Conference is made up of the members of the National Executive including one representative from each established State/Territory Branch, elected to attend by the State/Territory Branch Executive.
- Any decision to interpret, clarify or change the Constitution and By-laws of the HAP shall be by a 70% majority vote of the attendees at the National Conference with a quorum of 70% of National Executive members. Such decisions shall take immediate effect.
- Each such resolution of the National Conference shall be communicated in writing to each State/Territory Branch Secretary.
- A State/Territory Branch may be formed by 10 or more members of the HAP residing in the State or Territory agreeing to form a State/Territory Branch. The first State/Territory Executive will be appointed by the National Executive from existing financial members in that State/Territory. From that time and at least annually the State/Territory shall be elected at a State/Territory Conference. Until a State/Territory Branch is formed, members of the HAP living in the State/Territory shall be regarded as members of the NSW Branch of the HAP.
- The Constitution and By-Laws of the HAP will be progressively supplemented by an Appendix comprising the official interpretation and clarification of any word or phrase in the Constitution and By-Laws.
- Affiliated Organisations: The State/Territory Conference may admit as an Affiliated Organisation any properly constituted body upholding principles, objectives and policy positions consistent with those of the Health Australia Party and prepared to give active support to HAP candidates in election campaigns.
- Application for admission as an Affiliated Organisation shall be made through the State/Territory Branch Secretary, in an approved form.
6. Conference and Meetings
- Except as the Constitution and By-Laws otherwise provide, any decision, ruling, consent, resolution, determination, agreement, approval or the like, of a National or a State/Territory Branch Conference or meeting, shall be by vote of a majority, which shall comprise not less than one-half of the members present and entitled to vote, plus one.
- At a National or a State/Territory Branch Conference meeting or any other meeting of the HAP, notices of motion are required to be submitted prior to the meeting for otherwise new business to be considered, unless the matter is urgent. Where given, such notice shall be in writing, handed to the Secretary or agenda committee, or minuted, and announced by the Chairman on a prior day of Conference or at a respective preceding meeting.
- National Conference
- The National Executive is the supreme governing body of the HAP. The members of the National Executive oversee the day-to-day running of the HAP, and then when required to make any changes to the constitution and By-laws of the HAP, or make any other major decisions affecting the HAP, shall convene a National Conference.
- Initially the NSW State Branch shall act as the governing body of the HAP. Once two or more State/Territory Branches have been formed, a quorum comprising 70% of the members of every State/Territory Branch Executive (up to 5 members per State/Territory) shall elect by simple majority the members of the National Executive comprising the National President, the National Vice President, the National Secretary, the National Treasurer, the Membership Officer, the Returning Officer, the Media officer, the Party Agent, one representative from each State/Territory Branch and any sitting Members. The newly elected National Executive shall then hold the initial National Conference within one month of formation of the National Executive. The conference may be attended in person and/or using appropriate electronic communication such as telephone or skype.
- The National Conference shall thereafter be held annually, or if requested by three or more members of the National Executive. The National Executive shall oversee the HAP constitution and By-laws, shall discuss and implement any changes to the HAP constitution and By-laws, and shall discuss and implement any other matters affecting the running of the HAP.
- National Conference attendance costs: All reasonable and appropriate costs of participation in any National Conference or National Executive meeting shall be reimbursed by the national Treasurer.
- Accounts: In accordance with the relevant approved standard, the Treasurer shall submit an annual financial report including a profit and loss statement and balance sheet to the annual National Conference.
- State/Territory Branch Executive and Conference
- The State/Territory Branch Executive shall be the ruling authority of the State/Territory Branch and shall comprise the officers elected at the annual State/Territory Conference. They shall meet twice yearly or at other agreed intervals, or if required by any three members of the State/Territory Branch Executive.
- The State/Territory Branch President shall be elected by a vote every three years or after a retirement. The vote shall be held no more than one month after an election for the position is announced. Other members of the State/Territory Branch shall be elected annually at the State/Territory Branch Conference.
- A State/Territory Branch Conference is a meeting including the State/Territory Branch Executive and any financial member of the State/Territory Branch who wishes to attend. It shall be held annually or as otherwise required by any three members of the State/Territory Branch Executive, or if requested by a majority of State/Territory Branch members. It may be convened by way of correspondence or by postal vote.
- In the case of a postal vote, a copy of relevant motions, a succinct statement where practicable of arguments for and against, and a ballot paper to be marked “Yes” or “No” for any questions shall be posted to members. Members shall mark, sign and return their ballot papers to the State/Territory Branch Executive by a stipulated date, and all votes, for and against, shall be counted and minuted with the names of the voting members. Resolutions so determined shall have the full effect of State/Territory Branch Conference decisions.
- State/Territory Branch Conference Procedure: The first item of business at State/Territory Branch Conference, upon members being credentialed, shall be, without debate, to appoint a Minutes Secretary and, as required, a Returning Officer and any assistant(s) and committees to determine on the procedures for the election of State/Territory Branch Executive officers, the hearing of appeals against suspension of membership or affiliation, the resolution of disputes, the times of sitting, the business agenda and the standing orders for debate.
- Election of State/Territory Branch Executives: The first Executive to be formed in a State/Territory Branch will be appointed by the National Executive from existing financial members in that State/Territory. Thereafter the election of Executive members shall be lodged with the Returning Officer, by nominees, before the notified close of nominations at an annual State/Territory Branch Conference. Any vote required shall be conducted by secret ballot and the members shall be informed of the closing time thereof. The applicable method of voting shall be by optional preferential proportional representation. Newly elected office-bearers and delegates may be installed at a convenient time before the close of Conference.
- State/Territory Branch Executive Sub-Committees: After an annual State/Territory Branch Conference, the State/Territory Branch Executive, as needed, may appoint sub-committees to assist in conducting State/Territory Branch business pertaining to –
- Publicity and public relations;
- Recruitment and training of members;
- Fundraising and election organisation;
- Other undertakings and projects; and in making reports and recommendations, thereon, to the State/Territory Executive.
7. Office Bearers of the Health Australia Party
- The National Party Secretary.
- The National Party Secretary is responsible for the administration, documentation, and membership register for the HAP and shall make the register available for inspection by members at reasonable times.
- The National Party Secretary shall notify the AEC of any Party Leadership changes (including changes of address). The National Party Secretary must notify the AEC in writing whenever a new Secretary takes office.
- An Assistant Secretary can also be nominated to assist the National Party Secretary.
- The Registered Officer:
- The Registered Officer is responsible for correspondence relating to party registration or deregistration. The Registered Officer will sign the forms for the nomination and endorsement of candidates and request that the Party’s registered name or abbreviation be shown on ballot papers next to the candidate’s name.
- The Registered Officer must be replaced by another person nominated by the party before they can leave their position, or until the replacement is agreed to by the AEC.
- The Party Agent is responsible for lodging disclosure returns with the AEC. The party agent is also required by law to keep relevant records for certain periods of time.
8. Endorsing Representatives
- If possible, two or more candidates for each Election shall be determined by each State/Territory Branch Executive, and submitted to the National Executive for endorsement. If a candidate is not endorsed by the National Executive the State/Territory Branch Executive shall select a different candidate for endorsement.
- If elected, Elected Representatives are responsible for implementing Party policy on the floor of Parliament.
- Only the National President, the Media Officer, State/Territory Branch Presidents and Elected Representatives may act as official spokespersons for the Health Australia Party.
- Elected Members of Parliament shall not be bound by any decision of a National or State/Territory Conference inconsistent with the policy platform of the party at the time.
- The National or State/Territory Branch Executive shall not instruct HAP Members of Parliament but may draw their attention to the policy of the party and any act or conduct of a Member which it considers to be in breach thereof.
- Where a dispute arises between the Elected Member(s) of Parliament and the respective State/Territory Branch Executive, a joint Conference, chaired by the respective National and/or State/Territory Branch President, shall decide the matter in question.
9. Membership Requirements
- All members shall be Australian citizens who are currently on the Australian Electoral roll and do not belong to another Australian Political party. Members are considered by the Health Australia Party to be of like spirit and to identify with the principles, objectives and platform of the HAP. They may assist the HAP in their specific fields of expertise.
- All Members agree to abide by the Constitution of the Health Australia Party.
- Membership fees will be collected on joining, and then annually, and are non-refundable. The membership fee will be $20 per year, unless changed at a National Conference. If a new member joins within 6 months of the 30th June their first fee will be $10.
- All financial members are entitled to vote at State/Territory Branch Conferences.
- All financial members are eligible to be elected as Office Bearers to the State/Territory Branches.
- All financial members are free to participate in discussion, debate and decision-making in HAP meetings, according to the Constitution.
- Financial members may put forth amendments to the Constitution and Party policy for a vote at State/Territory conferences. The result of such a vote will be brought by the State/Territory Branch representative to the next scheduled National Conference.
- Any financial member, upon request, may receive a copy of the audited accounts of the previous year with the proviso that the privacy of individual and corporate contributions be maintained, except as required by Australian law. This request is to be made in writing, and will be subject to a reasonable charge to cover printing and postage, and will be provided in a reasonable time.
- Membership will be accepted by anyone fulfilling the following terms:
- Submission of a correctly filled out Membership Application form;
- The annual membership fee has been paid;
- The person seeking membership is legally entitled to do so as per the Act.
- They are not members of another Party and they refrain from joining another
- Members who move from one state to another will be accepted as members in the new state subject to any local provisions.
- Membership may be terminated for the following reasons:
- The Member does not abide by the Health Australia Party Constitution;
- The Member does not renew their membership;
- The Member voluntarily renounces their Membership;
- The Member is unsuccessful in appealing a properly conducted vote of no confidence;
- The Member ceases to be able to hold membership as defined by the Act.
- Members may petition the State/Territory Branch Executive to have any member expelled from the Party on the grounds that they are not abiding by the Constitution. The State/Territory Branch Executive will investigate the allegation and if a case is made for expulsion, will put the matter to a vote of no confidence in that member. If a vote of no confidence is passed by 60% or more, that member will have one month to hold an appeal to the National Executive, after which they will resign their membership if not successful. If the member refuses to resign they will be expelled by the National Executive as a member of the HAP. The expulsion will take effect within seven days of the failure of their appeal, or at a time specified in the resolution.
10. Financial Transactions
- All financial transactions will be conducted in an open manner.
- Accounts will be set up in such a way that no one person can access funds by themselves.
- Financial records will be audited each year to ensure transparency of the Party’s financial transactions.
- All monies received by the HAP shall be deposited in an account or accounts in the name of the Health Australia Party, with a financial institution or institutions approved by the National Executive.
- The funds shall be withdrawn by cheque or order signed by any two of the (i) the National Secretary (or nominee) and (ii) the National Treasurer (or nominee), or by transfers authorised by the National Executive.
- National Conference expenses shall be reimbursed as directed by the National Executive.
- Membership Fees: An annual membership fee shall be set, varied or waived by the National Executive for (a) single members, (b) married couples and (c) pensioners and students, and, where due, shall be paid by the members to the national bank account overseen by the National Treasurer.
- Payments of authorised expenses: All authorised outlays, whether by members of either the National or State/Territory Branch Executives, shall be reimbursed by the Treasurer upon production of receipts or invoices.
- Reimbursements to State/Territory Branches shall occur only for expenses authorised by the Treasurer on behalf of the National Executive, and shall include items such as room hire for Party meetings, telephone reimbursements for State/Territory Branch Executives undertaking Party business, and other approved expenses.
- Election Funding: Prior to a Federal Senate election, the National Executive shall authorise payments to be made on behalf of State Branches for advertising, election materials, etc, up to an amount determined by the following formula: G x S% + FR x 0.8 + AF Where G= the amount, determined by the Treasurer, to be available for election expenditures, being funds in the Party’s bank accounts in excess of an administration reserve which is required to be maintained for the running of the national office and other national items of expenditure. S%= the percentage of financial members in a particular State/Territory to the total financial membership of the HAP. FR= Funds raised prior to an election campaign from identified activities by the particular State/Territory Branch Executive and members. AF= Additional funds determined by the National Executive to be used to support the election campaign in a particular State/Territory.