Forward Thinking Australia
A division of Freedom Publishers Union.

About progress, for the Australian Federation and Queensland State.



About

Forward Thinking Australia was established late November 2018 as a division of Freedom Publishers Union.

We lobby primarily for political policies through operations supporting political parties of which we believe can deliver the best policy outcomes for the Australian Federation and Queensland State.

We are party-neutral and are proud of our political independence and free-thought philosophy. We firmly believe in the democratic processes and trust they will ultimately deliver fair policies which benefit all citizens.

Any support we offer a political party only comes after we have assessed the policies of the party and are satisfied they are aligned with the political values of Forward Thinking Australia.

The evolving operations model we have adopted is constantly assessed and enhanced. This allows us to adapt to the shifting dynamics of the Australian political environment. These dynamics may sometimes shift the scope or focus of our operations. This shift is entirely organic.

Any support we offer should not be considered a permanent endorsement of the political party.



Activity status: Not currently lobbying.



Assessment summary

We consider the mainstream parties to be (Category 1-in no specific order):

    Federal

  • Liberal Party of Australia (r)
  • National Party of Australia (r)
  • Australian Labor Party (l)
  • Australian Greens (gl)
  • Liberal Democrats (libertarian)

    Queensland State

  • Liberal National Party of Queensland (r)
  • Australian Labor Party (Queensland branch) (l)
  • Queensland Greens (gl)
  • Liberal Democrats (libertarian)

We consider the controversial, yet credible, parties to be (Category 2-in no specific order):
  • Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
  • Katter's Australian Party
  • United Australia Party

We consider the controversial, non-credible, parties to be (Category 3-in no specific order):
  • Pauline Hanson's One Nation
  • Jacqui Lambie Network



Disclaimer

We do not discriminate against any political party, individual politician or other official political representative, with the exception of specific cases that we have concluded expressions of political values of a party or an individual are unfair, offensive, contrary to the general values of democracy, or outright extreme and dangerous - Category 3.

Forward Thinking Australia will not support the policies from any political party or individual in Category 3, as we have concluded their expressions of political values are unfair, offensive, contrary to the general values of democracy, or outright extreme and dangerous.

We reserve the right to express disagreement with the views, opinions and/or policies of a political party, individual politician or other official political representative. We will always endeavor to engage, debate and compromise, where necessary, to encourage improvement of alternate policies which we believe have the potential to be adapted to become more appropriately aligned with the political values of Forward Thinking Australia.



Policies of influence

Freedom from COVID Alarmism

The Government's response to the global pandemic is driven by a narrative of fear. The response has been entirely disproportionate to the actual associated health risks. Any pursuit of "COVID Zero" is absurd and should be abandoned. The only sustainable solution is for Australians to learn to live with COVID-19 in the same way we live with other transmissible viruses.

Sub-determination of party of influence: Liberal Democrats

Free Speech

Free speech is a critical pillar of democracy. Continued attacks on free speech only accelerate its erosion in Australia. This erosion of free speech is harming democracy, impeding the ability for free expression and is increasing censorship of opposing voices.

Sub-determination of party of influence: Liberal Democrats

Freedom from Surveillance

Increased domestic mass-surveillance is disproportionate to the risk of domestic terrorism. Ever-expanding surveillance laws have allowed for a domestic security environment which is increasingly free-for-all, in too many cases enabling warrantless access to data and networks. Mass-surveillance and dragnet surveillance laws are not justified, rushed through Parliament without appropriate scrutiny and operate with insufficient oversight.

Sub-determination of party of influence: Liberal Democrats



Declaration of support

Support to Liberal Democrats - Freedom from COVID Alarmism

We believe in a commitment which would rule out future lockdowns. We believe that lawful protests should be permitted without unnecessary law enforcement interference or intervention. Vaccines must remain available to all Australians, on a voluntary basis. Vaccine mandates should not be permitted and should be outlawed by the Federal Government. We believe QR codes should be removed as they are too easily abused and personal data too easily accessed by unauthorized parties. Most importantly, we must return to governing under common law and not under public health directives or emergency biosecurity powers.

Support to Liberal Democrats - Free Speech

Without constitutional protection for free speech Australians remain at great risk of losing a critical pillar of democracy. We believe that free speech could be better protected through constitutional amendment. Protections for free speech must be expanded to better protect against internet censorship. We must foster a free and open internet where creativity can flourish without unnecessary control, intervention and website blocking.

Support to Liberal Democrats - Freedom from Surveillance

We must resist government encroachment into the digital space by opposing digital identities. We must abolish all mass-surveillance laws which enable the domestic security apparatus to engage in unjustified domestic spying on innocent citizens. We must stop the dragnet collection of metadata. We must stop all attacks on encryption by the Government through its attempts of forcing backdoors into product and software design. All attempts to weaken encryption and computer security must cease. Encryption is NOT a crime!

Concluding determination of party of influence: Liberal Democrats

Authorized by Chris McGimpsey-Jones, President - December 6, 2021
Adopted by Forward Thinking Australia - December 6, 2021
Endorsed by Freedom Publishers Union - December 6, 2021



History

2022 - Federal Election, lobbied for Liberal Democrats. Result, Labor Party.
2020 - Queensland State Election, lobbied for Queensland Labor. Result, Queensland Labor.
2019 - Federal Election, lobbied for Australian Greens. Result, Coalition.


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