I’ve been saving the Australian Defence Veterans’ Party for last, because they’ve had a note up on their website all week promising that they would release their full policy document today. Alas, as of 9:20pm this evening, they haven’t done so, and since I really need to spend tomorrow packing for my trip (which, aargh, I have not yet started doing!), I’m going to have to piece together what I can from the information currently available, both on their site and on their Facebook page. So please do bear in mind that this particular commentary will be less thorough than some of the others, and if this party sounds like your cup of tea, I’d encourage you to revisit their website closer to the election date.
The ADVP tells us on their front page that they are:
Protecting Australian values and the Australian way of life. In the Spirit of True Mateship.
Alas for my frivolous soul, I now have this song from Keating! The Musical on endless repeat in my brain. This is not helping…
Scrolling down a bit, we learn that their vision is:
To represent all Australians, with a special focus on the ageing community and those who have served their community or country within Australia and abroad.
Our values are Australian to the core, and include trust, loyalty, integrity, respect and mateship. Quite simply, we believe that should treat everyone as you would treat one of your mates.
We’re here for Australia’s protectors and defenders, for Australia’s farmers and teachers, for emergency responders, Defence members and police. We’re here for all Australians.
(on the matey matey matey matey mate-ship!)
I’m sorry. I know it probably makes me un-Australian, but I do wish we could retire the word ‘mateship’.