It is possible that the constitution for the State of Mornington Peninsula could be based on the proposal for localised government as described here.
Note: There was recently a move in New Zealand to take away the human right to grow food.Read more about the New Food Bill here.Fortunately, community resistance removed the worst parts of these proposals.
Also, even more recently (2016) NSW has introduced laws that allow control orders against people innocent of any crime. These are described by The Guardian's Richard Ackland as follows:
1. No person shall be held or imprisoned without charge (thus the sort of laws made in Queensland for the G20 meeting would not be possible in the proposed state) 2. No person shall be denied the right to contact others or to speak about any loss of personal liberty. (for the dangers of not having the two above see here and here) 3. No person shall be denied the right to grow their own food and the right to possess and exchange common natural (i.e non-patented) livestock, seed and plants freely.
(in some places, the right to grow and exchange seed has been made illegal. This was the case in Indonesia from 1992 until 2013 - when a Constitutional Court overruled the seed ban based on a Bill of Rights like this. Until then Indonesian farmers were told: "Do not be too creative. Do not breed your own seed, or you will be prosecuted.". This is a risk for Australians under the TPP pact). (See here for Australian academics and civil leaders discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership) 4. Citizens have the right to sustained protest on public land as long as reasonable efforts are made to not deny others established uses of those places. 5. Citizens have the right to erect temporary structures on public land as long as reasonable efforts are made to not deny others established uses of those places and liability is accepted for any harm that may result from such structures. 6. Citizens who are genuinely homeless have the right to sleep on public land and to erect temporary structures as long as reasonable efforts are made to not deny others established used of those places and that the structures pose no reasonable risk to the broader public. 7. The state may restrict sale or entry of any substance, material or plant that is deemed hazardous to humans or the environment. 8.Private organisations, the state, and state departments may implement preferential procurement of locally produced goods and services. 9. The state has the right to determine all regulations and safety laws in relation to food production and sale. (8 and 9 above are necessary because of trade agreements such as the TPP which may prevent "Buy Local schemes" and override local safety laws. Some communities are already organising against this).
10. The right to enough food to feed one's self and family. This extends to the right to grow food on public land should one's income or other sources be insufficient. Such use of land for food production should take priority over other public land uses (and may lead to acquisition of additional public land if necessary). (similar laws exist in England (for allotments) and in Russia (for dachas)).
Note: the idea of purchasing land in Australia to give to people to farm is not new. Land was acquired by state and federal governments after both world wars, the difference here is that the allocations would be made based on need, not on war service. In Victoria over 2 million acres were allocated after WW1 and more again after WW2 (more successfully).
Ideally the AEC would organise and run the initial local referendum, but an alternative is a community run process. This community process involves volunteers from around the Peninsula organising so as to hold the referendum. Small groups would be invited to nominate and register polling booths in eligible locations. Such locations could be clubs (sporting clubs such as RSL clubs, bowling clubs, football and tennis clubs, yacht clubs), private businesses with a suitable space (eg: dance schools, yoga schools) or even private residences if a large enough covered area is available that is accessible. United Nations observers would be invited to scrutinise the polling so as to verify its legitimacy before the world.
Each polling booth would require at least two people: the first acting as the Invigilator, the second as the Co-ordinator. The Invigilator has no hands-on role, but overseas the process to ensure that it is conducted legitimately. The co-ordinator may co-ordinate any number of volunteers to record each voter's details and take their ballots. At the end of the ballot period, the Co-ordinator and the volunteers count the votes under the supervision of the Invigilator. The ballots can be simple printed or hand written documents which clearly indicate assent or dissent and which are signed by the co-ordinator or a delegate, but each polling booth would require a printed copy of the full referendum proposal. The proposal must accepted in full, as a single indivisible proposition, thus any debate on, or changes to the proposal, must take place prior to the referendum
To be eligible to vote each voter must present: 1) proof of identify and 2) proof of residence. A driver's license, passport or birth certificate would be adequate proof of identity. Proof of residence can be provided by either the address on the driver's license, or a utility bill, or rates notice in the person's name dated within the last 12 months.
The Form of the Parliament
It is proposed that the Peninsula state be treated as a single community, thus there will be no electoral areas. Any candidate can receive votes from any resident/citizen. This avoids the problems associated with electoral boundaries and shifting populations over time. It also avoids pork-barrelling in which funding is directed towards marginal electoral areas driven by political agendas rather than need.
It is proposed that there will be 72 members of the lower house of parliament.
Selection of Representatives
Residents can vote for up to 10 candidates indicated in order of preference. Candidates are listed according to the first preferences, if there are 72 or more, the highest ranked candidates are appointed to the parliament. In the case of ties, second preferences are considered. Second preferences are also used if there are less than 72 candidates who received first preferences.
Anyone is eligible to run for parliamentary office on the condition that they receive 10 unique nominations. Unique means that the nominees nominate one parliamentary candidate, and one only. Parliamentary candidates are ineligible to act as nominees for themselves or any other candidate.
The Role of Governor
The new parliament will require oversight in terms of its operation. However, rather than a single Governor it is proposed that there be a governing council consisting of six members. These members are voted in by the members of parliament. For this purpose each member of parliament will be allocated to one of six voting groups - with membership allocated randomly. Each resulting voting group is able to select one of the council members. Voting would be sequential - one group after another (also in random order). To replace individual members in case of death, illness or retirement, again 1/6 of the members of parliament will randomly be selected to vote on the new council member. Governing council members sit for 5 years, parliamentary members 3 years. The same eligibility requirements apply to both parliamentary and governing council members (i.e 10 unique nominations). No person can hold a position in the governing council and in the parliament at the same time.
Proposed policy on Asylum seekers:
Let them come, let us greet them with open arms, Let us all go without so that they may be fed, Let our hearts not be cold to the needs of others If we be overrun so be it, If we be destroyed so be it, better to be destroyed by endless compassion than by endless greed (such as the destruction we currently face)
How much more loyalty and devotion might be given to a people who receive others out of genuine mercy and love rather than a mere sense of obligation to a international agreement made to give the appearance of a caring attitude and respectability