For some, Tasmania is turning into the land of no hope. Life can seem pointless when all we do with our waking hours is worry about money problems, and any effort to make financial progress can seem like a depressing waste of time when the fruits of labour and endeavour are simply gobbled up by a landlord.
This isn’t a problem for everyone. Many Tasmanians comfortably own their own house, perhaps more than one, and they don’t particularly care for those without. In fact, some Tasmanians simply see the housing crisis as a way to make more and more money through higher rents and capital gain.
We live in a country of inequality, itself within a world of problems. How fair is our society when so many people have been dispossessed of the fundamental human right to land and housing? And why is this happening in a country with massive wealth, land and resources? The same people who deny us housing are also the ones who lead us into endless war, consumption and disparity. A new voice is needed.
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The three mainstream political parties are not going to help us. They have had years to analyse the problem, to act, or to champion powerful housing policies. To this day, none of them, despite their displays, even want house prices to fall in high housing stress areas. This is without rationality and morally obscene.
Astonishingly, despite the severity of the problem a left new left wing party has not emerged – instead we are regaled with choices of right wing, centrist and conservative groups. From the Soviet Union to Libya, guaranteeting cheap housing across society has been a mainstay of socialism - Tasmanians of all ages and occupations need and deserve, as human beings, housing that is cheaper than it currently is.
Dispossessed, which is a provisionally titled new political party, aims to bring together people who have come to the same conclusions, but who are deprived of a logical voting choice. Dispossessed is a party for those that have grown to understand that no one from the political establishment is going to help us, that no one in government is going to do what needs to be done, and that no one in opposition is going to say what needs to be said. If there is no support for our broader policies, such as cheaper (not just "affordable") housing, disconnecting from the US/NATO war machine, an end do the 'war on drugs', and a non-partisan approach to energy - then at least no one died wondering.
The parties we once referred to as ‘left’ are now corrupted, they pander to identity politics, they’re caught up in the minutiae of race, gender and religion, their objectives are defined by political correctness and those that defend them have to resort to "at least they're not the libs" as a defence. These parties, namely Labor and the Greens, are now a part of the problem. Worse than the right wing regimes of the liberal party, is the betrayal by those on, ostensibly, the left of establishment politics. The opposition needs an opposition.
This party won’t be for everyone. The problems faced by society do not reduce to a single issue. We will not only address the housing problem that the other parties have failed to, we will address foreign policy failures too. We won't be compliant when Australian forces abroad slaughter and destroy, at the command of the USA, without legality or justification. There is too much violence in the world, with Australia often involved, for us not to speak out on this.
Sadly, where there used to be objection to bombing and regime change, now there is compliance and support, with even the Greens in federal parliament supporting the horrendous NATO bombing campaign and regime change in Libya. Libya was once one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, but is now an open slave market, a departure point for deathly sea crossings, and a security nightmare that is regularly bombed by multiple nations.
We will also advocate against unfair lending practices, usury. One of the more absurd observations of the housing crisis is the call for higher interest rates. High interest rates only enrich the money lenders and takes from those who are poor enough to need to borrow.
Dispossessed will not be afraind to call for unpopular measures like reduced immigration (but not refugee intake), or to make unpopular statements, such as criticism of the ADF when they break international law and follow the US into immoral, destabilising campaigns. We will judge energy solutions, like pumped hydro, on their merits, not on hyperbole, fanfare or prejudice. And we will promote reform of our education sector to protect against the kind of mindlessness that leads to endless war abroad, and acceptance of exploitation at home.