ONE LAW FOR ALL – AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVANTS
The Christian Democratic Party strongly supports a policy of one law for all Australians regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, faith or colour etc. The CDP also upholds that the standard of law should remain solidly grounded and consistent with those on which our national identity and culture were founded upon, while ensuring equality for all.
The political leadership and all Government Departments must come under the same law as all ordinary citizens of Australia. Therefore relative wealth or political clout ought not to place any person or organization above the law as applied to any other Australian.
The Hunter Water Board withheld information from it customers and others about the potential risks of serious health issues in relation to pollution that they were well aware of that was near the well number 7 where water for Hunter Water customers was being taken. This news story presents the facts: http://digitalprintedition.smedia.com.au/newcastle-herald/PrintArticle.aspx?doc=NCH%2F2018%2F01%2F10&entity=ar00601&mode=text
The Christian Democratic Party is most concerned about the failure of the Defense Department and the Federal Government failure to firstly accept responsibility for the pollution at all the RAAF Air Bases in Australia where a toxic firefighting foam has been used for training of firefighting skills and been permitted to escape the Airfields and enter ground water causing large areas of very toxic pollution on the private properties in the general areas of the RAAF basses. We see this as a total lack of the application of the One Law For All principle and this must be reversed and a full package to fully resolve all matters must be most urgently put in place with a public and personal apology to all affected in every community. We further note that the State Governments have also used this material via both firefighting processes and mine rescue training and events; as a result we call on the various state governments to also accept liability and do all that is necessary to restore all that is polluted and any person or property damaged to be fully compensated. We note that all material times this product was known to be toxic and harmful to human health.
In each case the public servants withheld information and when they were questioned concerning the concerns they lied and covered up the truth. This is always totally unacceptable in a Democratic society and each person should face the full faced penalty of the law and there should be no protection for them whatsoever as would be for any other member of any society who had withheld potentially damaging information that could adversely affect other persons.
We will legislate to see that no public servant is above the law and will face the full force of the law as applicable to any other person in Australia.