Steven Secker

Policy Statements

    Telecommunications

    The Policy All communications towers for mobile phones should be owned and operated by a government agency, allowing equal access for every telecommunications company at the same rates, based on the cost of installation, operation, and maintenance, allowing the companies to compete properly on service standards; The NBN should remain entirely in government hands, with …

    Drugs

    The Policy I will seek the support of whichever party is in government after 11th March to: ● increase penalties for people caught carrying or importing trafficable quantities of drugs; ● initiate a workable and effective rehabilitation programme for people caught with small quantities of drugs for personal use; ● begin serious work to ascertain …

    Cultural Exchange

    Background Cultural exchange programmes allow people of all ages to spend time in another country, and another culture, learning about the people in that country, and their ways, their language, their laws, potentially their religion, and certainly their understanding. By experiencing those other cultures people on such exchange programmes return with a different opinion of …

    Water Supplies

    Background When I came to Perth in 1965 the population was around 500000, we averaged 870mm of rain a year, the local dams regularly overflowed in winter and early spring, we had a quota of water that was free, before we started paying for any excess, and gardens were green. I’m sure there are many …

    Roe 8

    The Policy I want to see, in the first day of a new, non-coalition, WA government ● cancellation of all contracts associated with construction of the Roe Highway extension. I want to see, in the first 3 months of that new government, if not before: ● work to start on restoring the Beeliar Wetlands to …

    Road Safety

    Update It has been suggested that, if Labor [sic] wins the election next month it will legislate that drivers need to leave at least 1m between their vehicles and cyclists for speeds up to 60km/hr, and more for higher speeds. The Road Safety Act used to specify one vehicle only in a lane at any …

    Public Transport

    Background I have heard it said by country people, many times, “why should I pay for you to have public transport when I don’t use it?” Most country people will rarely use the public transport system in the major cities but, if the public transport system doesn’t meet the needs of the people then country …

    Power Supplies

    Background Many years ago a man I knew, who worked with the then State Electricity Commission, said, sarcastically, “the most beautiful tree is one with power lines attached at the top.” Throughout most of the older suburbs of Perth, and many country towns, you will see power lines strung at the top of poles running …

    Fuel Pricing

    Background In the 60s, 70s and early 80s fuel prices were fixed for all outlets, but with international oil prices varying considerably there were moves to allow the pump price for fuel to be set by the refineries and retail outlets. Up until 2000 fuel prices around Western Australia could be varied at will by …

    Financial Management

    Background One of the most important rules of financial management is living within your means. When times are tough, and the income isn’t enough to pay the bills, we borrow money using the assets we have available as security. It is then important to make sure that repayments and interest on the debt remain manageable. …

    Essential Services

    Background Governments of all persuasions appear to have forgotten that an important role of the government is to ensure that essential services are available to everyone at a cost which is affordable to everyone. That includes gas, electricity, telephones, internet access, roads, public transport, medical services (including hospitals), and basic banking. The infrastructure should be …

    Elections

    Background I believe there are many people in the community who would make for very good representatives of the people if they could find a way to be elected to parliament. The cost of registering as an independent candidate is not huge – currently just $250 – but the cost of running a campaign against …

    Education

    Background My early schooling was done in the UK. At the end of primary school we sat what was called the “11 plus” exams, which allowed all school children in a region to select secondary schools based on their academic skills and interests. I attended one of the top grammar schools in the area and …

    Climate Change

    Background The science has long been considered sound, except by those who want to deny that there is an issue. Fifteen of the sixteen hottest years on record, for the world, have occurred this century1; the frequency of extreme weather events has increased over the last 20 years; rainfall in the south-west of Western Australia …

    Banks

    Background The last of the government banks in Australia being sold off marked the beginning of both a slide in banking services and a rise in fees. If banks “A” and “B” provide ATM services to their clients they does so at no cost to the clients. If a client of bank “A” uses an …

    Asylum Seekers

    Background Much has been said over the last ten years about the people attempting to reach Australia to seek asylum here. As we are all aware, there were, over a period, many lives lost as unseaworthy boats have been used to get these people from Indonesia into Australian territory. The current coalition government vowed that …

    Armadale Road

    Background Armadale Road runs for approximately 18km west from Albany Highway to the Kwinana Freeway. Significant sections west from Forrestdale are still one lane each way despite the large and increasing traffic flow as the area is developed more, and a greater number of people reside in the suburbs along that route. To the west …