• Newsletter August 2022

    Posted by · August 22, 2022 6:21 PM

    In this newsletter:

    • Victorian state election update
    • Next Monthly Meeting – Wed 31 Aug
    • Perth social meetup
    • Events of interest

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  • Newsletter July 2022

    Posted by · July 24, 2022 6:21 PM

    Our July newsletter contains updates on:

    • Victorian state election announcement
    • Next Monthly Meeting - Wed 27 July
    • New ways to get involved

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  • Newsletter June 2022

    Posted by · June 07, 2022 2:47 PM

    Welcome to Fusion's first regular newsletter! This monthly newsletter will keep you up to date with campaigns, news and events for our growing party.

    Fusion will also hold monthly online meetings for members and supporters. There will be in-person meetings too.

    The first of these meetings will be on Thursday 16th June at 7pm AEST – read on for details.

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  • Classifying ageing as a disease

    Posted by · May 16, 2022 10:12 AM

    Why does Fusion want to classify ageing as a disease? This policy is the product of consultation with forward-looking health professionals and organisations. It does not mean that everyone over a certain age is diseased!

    A big hurdle for people in confronting this topic is the stigma that they are unfairly putting on the term "disease". In this day and age, we don't call cancer sufferers or coeliac sufferers diseased when they're lying in bed or avoiding bread. And yet, by definition, they do indeed have diseases.

    Fusion's perspective is that all citizens, especially those suffering health conditions, deserve to be treated with respect and given support. We should not be victim-blaming or moral-grandstanding about a widespread phenomenon that has unfortunately been overlooked for millennia.

    Health

    The most important point here is that we're talking about duration of health in life, or healthspan, as opposed to total life duration. Lifespan is how long you live; healthspan is how long you are healthy, functional, capable and unburdened by the effects of ageing that gradually rob a person of their ability to live their life to the fullest, learn new things, adapt to change, and endure misfortune.

    aquarobics

    Many of the health impacts that afflict people as they age are triggered or encouraged by specific things which break down in the body, due to the collection of processes which we define as "ageing". Once they've been triggered, many of them are there to stay. No going back.

    Elderly weightlifter

    These things are the primary cause of suffering for people as they get older – things like arthritis, thin skin, brittleness, and deteriorating eyesight. These contribute to muscle wastage, loss of coordination, etc.

    And yet these are not the things that kill people – leading causes of death are lung cancer, coronary heart disease, dementia, and cerebrovascular disease.

    Treating these symptoms of ageing is expensive, and only minimally effective at reducing that suffering. People now live longer than ever, and they also spend a larger percentage of their life suffering from avoidable ailments as well.

    Treating the ageing process itself is unlikely to make people live much longer, but it can prevent or greatly limit most of the causes of suffering while old. This is what is meant by "prevent ageing".

    Treatment Regulations

    Now the thing is, we have many medications that can be used to reduce the effects of ageing, and prevent that suffering. These medications exist to treat various specific conditions, but can have secondary anti-ageing effects.

    However, doctors are not allowed to prescribe medication to someone just "for being old". An "actual problem" needs to be diagnosed first.

    Classifying ageing as a disease is the critical regulatory step that will let doctors proactively prescribe medications to people (if they want them) to "treat" ageing, and prevent those conditions which cause age-related suffering from arising or advancing.

    A young scientist looking at some flasks

    Population Planning

    In our developed world, people are having children later than they used to and working into older ages. That also leads to a shrinking population.

    Letting people be healthier, happier, and fitter into old age prepares society to better handle the pressures placed upon it in our modern world, and also help it to sustain an equilibrium.

    For a long time the medical field has been focused on extending life. Now we're blessed by longer, but burdened by overall less healthy, lives.

    Summary

    At the end of the day it's not likely to make people live much longer. Maybe people live 10 years longer, who knows? We won't know until we try, but the same things that kill people at an advanced age are still going to be the leading causes, and they're not going to be significantly affected.

    But this is how we need to support healthcare in the ageing population – to reduce suffering.

    Some women involved in aquarobics

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  • NSW Senate preferences – why seven?

    Posted by · May 16, 2022 10:11 AM

    Fusion's how-to-vote suggestions reflect who we'd prefer to see elected if we aren't successful. Six numbers above the line is the bare minimum, but in the Senate for NSW, we're suggesting seven parties that we thought were better (more aligned with our values) than the alternatives.

    The party that we suggest at #7 is not the party we like the least. This is our #7 choice out of a total of 23 parties on the NSW Senate ballot paper.

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  • Rights, Responsibilities, Resources & Research

    Posted by · May 16, 2022 10:11 AM

    Hi, I'm Adam Woodings, and I'm standing for the Senate in Western Australia. Why though?

    Policy areas of particular interest to me are Ethical Governance, Individual Freedoms, Civil and Digital Liberties, and a Focus on the Future. Here's why those things matter to me:

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  • 5,000,000 Young Australians' interests on Climate Change thrown out by the Federal Court

    Posted by · March 16, 2022 2:00 PM

    The Fusion Party of Australia is outraged at yesterday's Full Bench Federal Court decision to dismiss the case of young Australians seeking to ensure that their rights are considered by the Commonwealth in development approvals.

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  • Government response to flooding is inadequate and fails to recognise our changing climate

    Posted by · March 07, 2022 12:00 PM

    Fusion Party Australia is appalled by the insufficient federal government response to the severe weather and flooding across South East Queensland and northern New South Wales. Fusion senate candidates in both states are calling for declaration of a climate emergency all at levels of government, as part of a strategic mobilisation of resources to protect Australians.

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  • Standing for Something

    Posted by · February 26, 2022 8:00 AM

    Published first on pandoricity.com.
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    Short story: I'm going to be a Fusion Party candidate for Grayndler in the next Australian federal election. I even made a Facebook page and a Twitter account, and wrote a political ramble below.

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  • Fusion — A Fresh Threat to LNP and Labor Votes

    Posted by · February 11, 2022 8:00 AM

    “Several Minor Parties form a new Federation”

    The Science Party, Pirate Party, Secular Party, Climate Emergency Action Alliance - Vote Planet, and Australian Climate Change Justice Party have banded together to form a new and exciting party called Fusion.

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