Australia's foreign affairs policies should have a focus on bolstering our national security and safety by building and maintaining alliances with regional powers that have similar national outlooks and also assist in cementing our status within the family of democratic nations. Special emphasis towards New Zealand as one of our closest neighbours and partners since federation must be an ongoing element of any foreign policy we contemplate or adopt.
Since we are situated in the Indo/Pacific/SE Asia region, our foreign policies need to better reflect that. Our national and defence assistance activities should be focussed on the South Pacific, notwithstanding that the ANZUS and AUKUS treaties will remain the bedrock of our current foreign and defence policy formulation.
One key immediate Policy objective of the Australian Values Party is the formation of a ‘Peace Corps’ and ‘National Guard’ like capability as the central element of our National foreign aid capabilities and practices. The formation of this organisation will provide specific employment opportunities for young Australians, by providing opportunities to develop trade and other skills in an environment where their contribution would benefit national priorities as well as personal development through invaluable lived experience. National value will also be achieved through reducing our current taxpayer funded aid handouts, instead investing this finance into the development and deployment of capable Australians where and when it is needed most.
This AVP policy initiative will also enable sustained employment and community engagement opportunities across all population demographics within Australia. Harnessing the capabilities of former military, first responder and front line workers of all ages within the full spectrum of operational and planning roles that will be required will also provide more positive contributions to our society in return.
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The purpose of the Australian Values Party is to promote a government with a sense of responsibility and accountability to the Australian people, to protect the Australian values and promote the welfare of our Australian people.