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Election 2007 Manifesto

A FRESH START Progressive Democratic Party

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KEY COMMITMENTS

• A new style of politics • A PDP Chief Minister will not serve more than 8 years as Chief Minister • A new Mental Health facility and better support for families • More investment in Social services • Better services for the elderly, the disabled and their families • Tax breaks for young couples and families • More access to really affordable housing for Gibraltarians • Priority for housing to young people • A more radical approach to housing • Progressive and inclusive equality policy • A New Town Project with residential housing, commercial space and sensitive reclamation • An end to traffic chaos • An end to the unplanned concrete jungle • More green areas, parks and playgrounds • A World Heritage Status Bid • Quality of life at the heart of our Environment policy • A package of benefits for Senior Citizens • Continued Inside Back Page Progressive Democratic Party

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FOREWORD

FOREWORD BY KEITH AZOPARDI All PDP candidates and the Party as a whole share one common passion – Gibraltar. We firmly believe in our rights as a people and are confident about our collective future. We strongly believe that with an ambitious vision, good planning and hard work Gibraltar can be a huge success story. We envisage a Gibraltar where there is better and more vibrant democracy, where there are major improvements in the supply of housing, social services and healthcare, where hard work is rewarded with low taxation, where we can continue to have social harmony in a climate of equality and can maintain economic prosperity in an environmentally sustainable way. Fundamentally we believe that to be able to achieve this vision Gibraltar needs a new style of politics. That new style of politics which we represent is more constructive, more willing to listen to others, more socially inclusive and better able to respond to Gibraltar’s needs in the modern era. When we launched the Progressive

“Help us deliver the changes that Gibraltar needs now and in the future.”

Democratic Party barely a year ago our aim was to introduce that new style to Gibraltar politics. We wanted to break with the acrimony of the past and the terrible culture of personalities that prevents our politicians working together for the good of Gibraltar. We know that genuine differences are good so that people have choices at election time. However on issues that can be agreed we also think that politicians should work together more constructively for the common good. We all know that often this does not happen in today’s political scene. I have been in politics for a long time and in Government for eight years. In that time I have had the privilege of having friends right across the political spectrum precisely because my style of politics is different – more inclusive and less afraid of constructive disagreement. I know that there is a difference between really listening to people and imposing your views without real debate. That does not mean that you cannot lead or govern but that you do so in a more measured and inclusive way. Our community needs a different style of leadership and we believe that we can provide that now and in the future. We genuinely believe we can make a fundamental change to the way we are governed and tackle the issues that

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Keith Azopardi is a lawyer. He was Minister for the Environment and Health between 1996-2000 and then Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Trade & Industry between 2000-2003 concern people. Without doubt we have placed domestic issues at the heart of our campaign: health; housing; the environment; planning; traffic; social services and better democracy. We believe these are at the core of people’s domestic worries and we are committed to tackle these issues. This manifesto is hopefully set out in an easy to consult manner. Please look through it and compare our views with the other options. Come voting time I hope you will support us and our genuine commitment to provide a dynamic, fresh, progressive and positive alternative for Gibraltar.

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS Key Commitments Foreword Contents A New Way Give Us A Voice Health Housing Enviroment-Planning-Heritage Traffic - Transport Social Affairs-Civil Rights Democracy Economy - Business - Tax Young People - Education Senior Citizens Sport-Culture Foreign Affairs-Constitutional Reform Key Commitments

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A NEW WAY The reason we place so much importance on the style of politics and Government is because this can affect each aspect of your life. If instead of constructive politics you have a style of politics that is destructive, that does not listen enough, that does not plan properly then public services will be worse and the quality of life of all citizens will suffer. Equally with more participation in the way our decisions are made, with more constructive discussion our services be they health, housing or social services will be improved. The way Gibraltar is run affects you and your families all the time and we need a Government that is prepared to take a more radical approach to overhauling the system of Government and the style of politics that has placed far too much power in the hands of whoever is in Government at the time. To break with that past we need a commitment to introduce much more accountable democracy, better debate,

more inclusive politics and an end to a system that encourages centralisation of power. Much of the concerns people have on housing, health, traffic, the environment or social services are because there has been inadequate planning or because of this old more destructive attitude to real debate. That is why, while we recognise that issues of public services are uppermost in many people’s minds, we also place much emphasis in changing the way Gibraltar is currently governed. And that is as much the fault of the political system as well as the politicians that have dominated it over the last few decades. The only way of making those changes is to introduce far-reaching reforms of our democratic system. We have set these out in our pages on Living Democracy [pages 28-31 of this Manifesto] and we hope you will look at the detail of these proposals. In short we want to revamp the political system by introducing electoral changes that will lead to better debate. We will

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introduce strong checks and balances on the powers of Government either in the Parliament or outside it. To lessen the chance of any one figure dominating the political scene in an unproductive way we are committed that no PDP Chief Minister will serve more than eight years as Chief Minister. We consider that a sufficient time to put in place real policies of change and there is no reason why those individuals cannot contribute to our community in a respected and senior way after such time is at an end. Term-limits and these other checks and balances are in place in other countries so why should we think that Gibraltar should be different. On the contrary these curbs on power are what our system has been missing for many years and their absence deprives us of better governance. The people of Gibraltar deserve a positive and solid alternative. We believe passionately that the PDP can provide that alternative. While we

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“The PDP will provide comprehensive and targeted policies to tackle key areas. We will bring a markedly different approach to politics. More co-operative, more consultative, more democratic and more responsive to the needs of our people. Gibraltar needs and deserves this and we will strive towards it.�


A NEW WAY

A FRESH START would be the first to recognise some of the past contributions of the GSD and GSLP we also recognise there is great disappointment with what these parties have currently on offer. The Government is failing to tackle serious issues of domestic concern in a number of areas. On the other hand many people believe that the Opposition, as currently structured, offer little more than a return to the past. That is not what many people want. In that scenario there could be much negative voting at this election – voting not for a party that you want but to keep out a party that you do not want. That is counter-productive and damaging to our community. It is important to provide a new and committed alternative – a team of people who will be willing to address those issues and ensure that positive reforms are put in place that deliver a lasting commitment to democracy, provide that better quality of life to our community and safeguard our international aspirations. Our team at this election is representative of our society and individuals within it have diverse experience and background. At the head of that team is Keith Azopardi who has been in Government as long as Joe Bossano and has more Ministerial experience than Peter Caruana before he became Chief

Minister. We think this is a good team to present your views. Clearly we would like to receive as much support as

“It is important to provide a new and committed alternative – a team of people who will be willing to address those issues and ensure that positive reforms are put in place that deliver a lasting commitment to democracy, provide that better quality of life to our community and safeguard our international aspirations.” possible if we are to have a real chance to influence things. We hope to persuade you that our policies are a radical and solid programme for Gibraltar. But we also know that when you launch a party from zero it inevitably requires a process of time to achieve our goals. In that context we intend to be a political force in this community for some time and we will accept the role that you give us.

Community Services are fragmented and deficient. The housing market is generally aimed at the luxury end and insufficient attention is given to the production of genuinely affordable housing or rental stock for our people. The decision-making process within Government is slow and unnecessarily centralised and there are profound concerns about the lack of strategic planning in key areas of policy. What should be foremost as an objective of any administration is the enhancement of quality of life of our people. To do that there has to be better protection for our living environment, lasting employment opportunities, vigorous policies for our young people, more housing, better social services, better planning, better economic management and a comprehensive commitment at enhancing democracy, public participation and consultation. The PDP can provide all that with your support.

In the field of domestic policy there are great concerns in areas such as health, social services and housing. The growing wealth gap is forcing Gibraltarians out of our homeland.

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We want you to vote for all our candidates and we will work hard to persuade you to do that because by having a block of seats in the Parliament we can aspire to govern our community and more directly influence how matters are run. This election is unique because you have ten votes not eight. For the first time ever you have a chance to influence both Government and Opposition seats in the Parliament. The new Parliament has 17 seats which means that a Party only needs to get 9 candidates elected to have a majority. You have a spare vote to use carefully without risking anything. We ask that you vote for

all our candidates but if you have decided to vote for either the GSD or GSLP candidates remember you need only give those parties 9 votes and then you still have an extra vote. Give that extra vote to the PDP so that we can, at least, provide the necessary constructive debate on issues of importance to you.

We will accept the role that you decide we should have. We aspire to be elected to Government but if you decide you wish us to take an Opposition role on this occasion we will discharge our duty constructively and conscientiously and build on that for the future.

Give us your vote so that we can represent you in the Parliament. Every democrat can accept that it is as important to have a good Opposition as it is to have a good Government. This time you can decide who should take one Opposition seat as well as deciding who should be in Government.

Vote all 6 PDP candidates

Vote for all our candidates. But if we are not your first preference remember you can vote 9 + 1 and at least give us your extra vote. Give us your Vote - Give us a Voice. Progressive Democratic Party

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GIVE US A VOICE

YOU NOW HAVE 10 VOTES NOT 8 USE YOUR EXTRA VOTES CAREFULLY


KEY COMMITMENTS

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HEALTH • • • • •

A commitment to quality delivery of care Clear strategic leadership A new Health and Social Services Ministry A new Mental Health Facility A fundamental review in mental health services • More investment in Community Services • Better interface with social services and housing • Investment in Staff and better morale • Better consultation with staff and their representatives • Key recruitment of nurses, medical staff and professions allied to medicine • More delegated financial management to Primary Care • Support for a ban on smoking in public places • Greater investment in Training and emphasis on localisation of posts Progressive Democratic Party

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HEALTH

BETTER HEALTH “The PDP understand what needs to be done to improve the Health Service for all – patient, family member and staff member alike. We are committed to improve the care that can be delivered to users and the working environment, morale and resources of staff.” Of late we are seeing a poorly integrated health service within which staff morale has been undermined, which is dominated by imported management that seems unable to provide proper leadership and which is not delivering the level of care our citizens expect. It is clear that managing a modern health service and dealing with patient expectations is a complex task but the PDP believe that firm steps can be taken to further reform the GHA and ancillary services. The GHA and Elderly Care Agency have plenty of good and dedicated staff but they are not being given the tools to do the job. Much of the reforms to the

infrastructure and services which the Government pronounce as successes such as the new Primary Care Facility, the new Hospital, the reformed Ambulance service, the re-opened nursing school, much higher recruitment of doctors, consultants, nursing staff and professions ancillary to medicine and a re-injection of confidence, morale and investment were undertaken or launched in the initial 1996-2000 period when PDP leader Keith Azopardi was Health Minister. The PDP do not make this point so as to take the credit for these improvements but merely to make the point that the Party precisely understands the health service and has the experience, commitment and ideas to carry

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Dr Gavin Gafan is a doctor in micro-biology and is working in the field of natural health. through the necessary reforms. Those involved in the healthcare system will know that Mr. Azopardi was associated with the introduction of these major reforms but that the necessary changes have not been carried through properly since then.

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BETTER HEALTH The PDP put four key commitments at the heart of our Health policy: A Commitment to Improved Healthcare and Better Services - Because our families deserve a better and more comprehensive care system A Commitment to People - Because the morale of staff needs to be improved by confidence building measures, proper leadership, training and investment. This will directly impact on services A Commitment to Better Infrastructure and Support - Because there are aspects of our services that still require radical investment and overhaul A Commitment to Better Integration and Performance of Services - Because the services need to be properly organized and resourced if they are to lead to thorough and improved care to users While many individual changes can be introduced the PDP believe that the principal issues that need to be dealt with all sit comfortably under these headings. Among the major changes that the

PDP, in Government, would introduce are the following:

Merger Health and Social Services 1. A new and merged Health and Social Services Ministry would be created. At the moment the disjointed effect of having separate Health and Social Services ministries create a fragmented service. Given the importance of Community Services and the need that these work well with the Health Services this would ensure a more comprehensive approach and better overall management of patient, user and families needs.

Better Housing Department Support 2. Additionally the Health and Housing departments need to work better together because some patients depend on adjustments to their residential accommodation or allocation of specific accommodation before they can be discharged from hospital or from the elderly care facility.

investment in Community Services in terms of outreach services, residential and respite facilities and in general greater support for the elderly, the disabled and their families. This requires a recruitment programme of nursing grades and professions ancillary to medicine. 4. Facilities for residential care for the elderly would also be expanded to provide more user beds and lift pressure from St. Bernards

Mental Health 5. A purpose built Mental Health facility would be established within three years in a modern environment to cater for the clinical needs of patients and families. 6. Together with that there would be a fundamental review of Mental Health legislation. 7. The transition of patients from the residential mental health home to full discharge must be better supported, if necessary by providing

Radical Investment in Community Services 3. There would be radical

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Consultation, Management, Training and General Infrastructure 8. There must be a programme of much better consultation, manmanagement, and succession planning, training and clear leadership to boost and restore morale among staff. That would include investment in training in all areas of the health service – primary care, the community, hospital services and mental health services. 9. The management and administration of primary care services needs to be reviewed. In particular there needs to be more financial delegation and better coordination between clinicians and administrative management as this will inevitably affect how services are delivered to users.

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10. Working practices at the new Hospital need to be fundamentally reviewed to distil and dispense with unnecessary practices and retain those that work in the environment of the new hospital. In parallel a host of more targeted services should be encouraged and supported to deliver key benefits to patients. 11. The former St Bernard’s hospital is a site which is too expensive to maintain and cumbersome and impractical to use as a care facility. It should be put out to the private sector for sensitive use given its heritage features and the money obtained re-invested in the provision and upgrade of care facilities elsewhere. 12. Equally any programme of construction of residential housing needs to take account of society’s needs given the progression in age of the population. 13. Steps would be taken to relocate the provision of kitchen facilities of the hospital so that these services can be provided on-site or as close to the hospital as possible. 14. To provide 100 parking spaces for the new hospital Much has been done to invest in the raw infrastructure of primary and secondary care. Now the attention must turn to mental health services and community services in a much more determined way. Additionally the work that was begun in primary

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and secondary care must be continued to ensure services are improved and staff supported in the difficult tasks they have. A much better co-operation between different ministries must be achieved and a more strategic approach to healthcare adopted. Additionally how private funds and investment could assist this process of accessing further expertise or improve public services will be examined. Where necessary working practices would need to change to take account of changes in infrastructural requirements or the provision of healthcare in a modern way. There are many detailed measures that could be introduced but in general these improvements can be achieved by providing the necessary support and resources to staff so that they can do so. It is unnecessary to set out a long list of these as every user of the health service can, from their own experience, point to suggestions and improvements that could be made. Having a better health care system is not about throwing money at a problem. It requires a strategic overview of all aspects of care and ensuring that these run smoothly together. It requires a comprehensive and lasting commitment to reform and the willingness to make tough choices where necessary. Gibraltar can have a better more integrated care system and the PDP, with your help, can assist in achieving that.

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better intermediate facilities in the community with a greater number of trained mental health nurses can manage.


KEY COMMITMENTS

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HOUSING • A New Town would be developed on reclaimed land which would include provision for residential housing for purchase and rental stock • Housing stock made available for purchase would be at genuinely affordable prices • A range of imaginative co-ownership schemes would be made available • Priority for housing would be given to young families, young couples and those in urgent need of re-housing. • There would be a review of the Housing Pointage system and the Allocation criteria to ensure it works more efficiently and speedily • More resources would be provided to ensure a speedier turnover of refurbishment projects so that housing can be made available to those on the Housing List more quickly • The Landlord & Tenant Act would be kept under review to ensure that it works fairly for landlords and tenants alike • Projects to sell housing stock to sitting tenants who wish to buy would be continued without affecting employees of the department detrimentally • 300 rental stock houses over four years • 300 new houses for purchase over four years • A total of 1500 additional houses over ten years • Housing designed with disabled and elderly needs in mind • Environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings • Sensitive land reclamation • Tax incentives for internal refurbishment of older properties Progressive Democratic Party

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Rosemarie Peach is a former Chairperson of the Gibraltar Women’s Association and works within the Property department of a Law Firm

We need a radical approach to tackle our housing needs. Statistics show that the population of Gibraltarians is on the increase. Equally high prices of housing force many Gibraltarians to go to Spain to live. The focus appears to be on finding land for developers to use only for luxury housing with a tremendous imbalance with the needs of our citizens. This is unacceptable and we need to ensure that there is the proper balance between investment in housing for our people and allowing the sale of public land assets for wealthy individuals

“The motivation behind my decision to join politics was a growing unhappiness at the direction in which Gibraltar is heading and the feeling that we desperately need change in our political scene. I just knew that if I truly wanted Gibraltar to become a better place for ALL our community, then I should join like minded-people in working towards achieving this aim.”

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who may then leave their properties empty for most of the year. We accept that foreign investment must be encouraged but it is paramount to ensure that the needs of our people come first. While Government is conducting a number of projects these are insufficient and late in the day to break the backlog of need. As such we have formulated a more ambitious, exciting and continuous programme of housing development to tackle this. This will be combined with a plan of commercial redevelopment for industrial needs and will free up space in heritage sensitive parts of the upper town to rescue these for the protection of our heritage and our touristic development.

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A RADICAL APPROACH TO HOUSING NEEDS


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HOUSING OUR PEOPLE A COMPREHENSIVE APPRO ACH TTO O APPROA HOUSING AND URBAN NEEDS A “NEW housing is beyond the financial TOWN” FOR GIBRAL TAR GIBRALT reach for many people. Houses Gibraltar needs a radical shake-up of the way public housing is provided, maintained and allocated. The quality of life of our citizens must be enhanced by the provision of green areas, parks, playgrounds and other amenities. All in all there is a need for a more comprehensive set of policies to assist people in this field. The PDP has an ambitious land reclamation project which would see the building of a “New Town.” This would break the back of the housing problem and would also tackle other policy objectives. The central aims of that strategy will be; 1. to resolve the housing problem through a combination of new build, repair of existing stock and a partial liberalisation of the private sector housing market; 2. to create a land bank in an environmentally acceptable fashion to allow the development of the economy and to provide for our social needs; 3. the establishment of a planned and sustainable approach to these

policy areas; 4. to maximise the conservation of our heritage assets while allowing economic development; 5. to grow our economy and develop our tourism product in a sensitive way. The proposed reclamation projects would be divided into “Residential New Town”, “Tourism and Leisure”, and “Commercial” zones. The New Town would provide a mix of residential with a range of housing. It would include sufficient parking, public transport and social facilities and amenities. This would contain parks and recreational areas that would enhance the quality of life of our citizens. More than 1500 homes would be provided over 10 years. The current Government’s so-called affordable

built by a PDP administration would genuinely be within the purchasing power of a much greater number of families. Home ownership would be encouraged with a shared private-public partnership. As part of these plans the PDP would provide homes for rental for those not able to buy. There would be a programme of providing and adapting Housing for Special Needs. Environmental impact studies and thorough and widespread consultation would be a prerequisite to this ambitious project. We are all familiar with the main examples of the problems people commonly suffer; • a Government that does not listen sufficiently or is as responsive as necessary to

“We must work much harder to improve the way and speed with which houses are provided. There are many people in desperate housing conditions and the PDP is committed to tackle this in a radical way.”

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The PDP is committed to tackling this in an energetic and comprehensive way. We need to better the quality of life of our people and provide a roof over the heads of many families. We also need to regenerate our historic city centre parts of which are currently dilapidated and urgently needing attention.

THE PDP’S PLANS ARE: PUBLIC HOUSING 1. To ensure that a minimum 300 rental stock flats are provided within 4 years; 2. to provide a minimum 300 lowcost houses for purchase within 4 years; 3. to review how Housing Lists are compiled and maintained and points allocated. The application age will be lowered to 18 from 21; 4. to totally review the Housing Allocation procedures to ensure prompt allocation, a review of the allocation criteria all based on proper prioritisation and a proper assessment of need; 5. to ensure that there is sufficient Housing to cater for all needs and that this is allocated and administered on a nondiscriminatory basis. 6. to ensure that, after proper consultation with experts in this field, we provide purpose built homes for the disabled and the elderly; 7. to ensure that existing housing stock is maintained and refurbished on a speedier basis to enable their release for the benefit of those on the Housing List; 8. to ensure that the infrastructure for public utilities and schools in any area under development are taken into account at the early planning stages 9. increase tenant facilities such as

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parking, children’s playgrounds and green areas; to conduct an efficiency Review to improve the administrationand priorities of Housing resources to assist users; to publish housing allocation targets within 6 months of taking office and keep these under regular review; to launch a Special Discounted Sitting Tenant Purchase Formula within the city walls [in the city centre] for pre-war public housing, so as to foster regeneration; to introduce a more flexible coownership formula based on means on a sliding scale and to review how effective this results in practice; to ensure new public sector housing stock is environmentally friendly and includes energy saving measures in its design; to ensure that land allocation or land reclamation projects have the right balance between public housing projects and private luxury developments to ensure the latter do not monopolise the allocation of land resources; to ensure that sufficient parking facilities are provided in new build projects and that parking facilities are enhanced within current residential districts

PRIV ATE HOUSING PRIVA 17. to keep the Landlord and Tenant Act under review to ensure that it operates fairly to tenants and

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meet housing needs; • The fact that some people have inadequate housing or in some cases none at all; • The painfully slow process of housing allocation and new housing; • a planning process that now seems out of control; • inflated property prices and unaffordable rents and prices; • a private sector pre-war housing market that is underutilised, in decay, needing maintenance and that does not help in relieving the pressure on the housing market; • a wealth of heritage that is insufficiently protected and in some cases destroyed by Governmental sanction; • an apparent failure to direct policies in any strategic sense; • an increasing emphasis on concrete jungle-style development and little planning of amenities for community use; • poor and superficial environmental planning. • problems with parking and traffic chaos generally caused by a total lack of forward planning on new developments


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landlords and also that it achieves the regeneration of the city centre; 18. to introduce a package of tax incentives for internal refurbishment and renovation of a significant/ structural kind for older properties in defined areas; 19. to require private developers to

make buildings more environmentally friendly and to produce planning gains for the entire community when conducting large luxury private residential developments [such as beautification of surrounding areas, parking, parks,

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playgrounds and green areas]; 20. to ensure that private developers expedite developments awarded by public tender and do not delay these for land speculation reasons with its consequential adverse effect on property prices;

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The “New Town” project will also give way to the regeneration of parts of the old town that has sadly been allowed to become a ghetto environment. The old town will be subjected to major overhaul and conservation. It will be decongested to expose its own natural and historical beauty amongst which is the northern defences. The PDP believe that the old town should be the pride of Gibraltar and could become a more important part of a well planned tourist experience.

integrated link between policy commitments across this wide spectrum of areas namely; 1. Public Sector Housing 2. Private Sector Housing 3. Urban Renewal and Regeneration 4. Urban Heritage 5. Development 6. Planning 7. Land Allocation

comprehensive strategy would be to regenerate our city centre, safeguard and sensitively conserve our urban heritage, unblock the public sector housing pressure, enhance and regenerate the private sector pre-war housing, increase public amenities and enhance the quality of life of our citizens. An overall approach to these matters is important to be able to deal with all Gibraltar’s needs.”

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There is no doubt that vigorous action is needed. In planning any policy in this field it is important to consider that all these fields are interrelated. Traditionally successive Governments have handled all these policies in a disconnected way. The PDP recognises the necessary link between the areas of public and private sector housing, heritage, urban renewal, development, planning, land allocation and land reclamation. The PDP’s policy makes a clear and Progressive Democratic Party

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KEY COMMITMENTS

ENVIRONMENT - PLANNING - HERITAGE

ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT,, PLANNING AND HERIT AGE HERITA • Better consultation with the Heritage Trust • Introduction of a system of listed buildings • Protection of our governmental archives by legislation • World heritage bid status as a key target • More inclusive planning • Review of health and safety legislation • To bolster the Environmental Charter by introducing a specific Action Planof key targets and measures • Introduce energy saving measures to public sector buildings • Improve methods of publicly available means of transport • To ensure that environmental concerns are taken into account at all levels of government planning • To introduce recycling measures • To review the possibilities for re-using our waste in a sustainable way by the production of alternative fuels • To introduce energy efficiency requirements for the construction of new buildings • To enhance the provision of environmental education, awareness research and training at all levels • To pursue a policy of regular co-operation and consultation with NGOs • To carry out regular monitoring and review of our environment to assess emission and pollution levels and their impact on public health • To support a smoking ban in public places Progressive Democratic Party

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Emergency Planning Emergency planning and resources would be reviewed in all fields and specifically in the field of oil pollution.

Public TTransport ransport and Cycling

Gigi Sene is a business woman and former Chairperson of the South District Association There is no doubt that there needs to be an integrated approach between policies on the urban and natural environment and matters of planning. The environment directly affects our quality of life and the PDP would ensure that steps are taken in a number of fields:

Pollution and Nuisance Laws combating noise and general nuisance would be strengthened. Planning permits would place strict conditions on construction sites and would be strictly enforced.

Initiatives that improve public transport and cycling would be fostered. Where possible specific cycle paths and bicycle racks would be provided. A PDP Government would also introduce pilot public-use cycle schemes such as those introduced in London and other European cities. Only registered users of the scheme would be able to use, lock and unlock such cycles. Other forms of public transport would be bolstered and increased. More information is available on our Transport and Traffic page.

Energy Saving Measures The PDP would fit all Government premises with energy saving bulbs and motion sensors. It would also commence a programme of

introduction of solar powered street lighting and seek to use solar power to supplement the production of electricity in a more environmentally sensitive way. The efficiency and environmental impact of current electricity generating stations would be assessed and generation techniques improved where necessary to minimise impact on the environment.

Construction Building regulations would be updated to ensure that future developments adopt environmentally friendly design and construction techniques. This will assist in the reduction of carbon emissions. Green Roofing methods help by reducing carbon dioxide levels, air conditioning costs, winter heating demand and potentially lengthen roof life.

Green Areas and TTrees rees The PDP would ensure that there was a specific effort of gaining green lungs in the urban area and that specific tree-

“Caring for our natural and urban environment will enhance the quality of life of all our citizens. We are committed to taking action to safeguard and properly protect our living environment.�

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planting programmes and other environmental gains were achieved when development was contemplated. We are committed that there should be no further development on current green sites.

Upper R ock & Marine Rock Reserves These are our prime natural heritage assets and must be cared for. Any use of them for tourism purposes must be sensitively managed. If necessary use by visitors, tourists or foreign fishermen must be strictly monitored and controlled. This may require a strengthening of nature protection laws or the Marine Reserve regulations and their subsequent more vigorous enforcement.

energy before these are transported. European models on recycling would be studied and tailored to cater for local needs.

minimize these risks a PDP Government would welcome discussions on trans-border environmental cooperation with Spain.

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We will produce a Management Plan for the Upper Rock and Marine Reserves. This will clearly demarcate specially protected zones to protect our bio-diversity and our natural habitats and undertake a planned restoration programme for our lost habitats in full consultation with expert advice and NGOs.

Joint programmes between environmental agencies and educationalists would deliver public awareness campaigns and greater environmental emphasis at schools and training at public and private sector level. For example recycling practices could be introduced in schools.

Recycling

Research and Monitoring

Energy saving practices would be encouraged and the PDP would introduce collection bins for plastic, aluminium cans and paper at convenient points around Gibraltar. As Gibraltar has no recycling facilities agreements on transportation of these to Spain would be necessary. The separation of recyclable materials at source would minimize waste and

Investment in research and collation of information and statistics would be encouraged. A specific public health study would be commissioned to assist in planning in this area. Environmental monitoring would be strengthened and independently evaluated because of the potential for public health risks of industries like the oil refinery across the Bay of Gibraltar. To that extent and to

The PDP recognizes the benefits of targeting the tax system to assist in helping us to take care of the natural and urban environment of Gibraltar. Equally we recognize that the people of Gibraltar are very highly taxed and that it is often difficult to see where your tax goes when it is absorbed into a general Government pot. With that in mind we will encourage more targeted taxation where the revenues on specific levies will go to specific measures. That way you will more precisely know what is being achieved with the revenue you contribute. For example increases in petrol or diesel could then be channelled into public health measures and admission prices at the Upper Rock could go to maintenance of the Nature Reserve and our heritage assets.

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It is clear that the unprecedented boom within the construction industry affects us all in one way or another whether it is the emergence of an unrestrained concrete jungle or the excessive noise and dust pollution outside our doorsteps. We believe that a good Planning and Development system is crucial if we want to ensure that our quality of life, the quality of our built environment and our standard of living, are properly respected and enhanced.

7. provide an enlarged Town Planning and Building Control Department to adequately control, administer and regulate this huge and fast moving industry;

The recently published draft Gibraltar Development Plan has been prepared without proper consultation and fails to properly address the long term planning needs of our community. The PDP is concerned that this plan is not legally binding and could too easily allow the Government to deviate from its guidelines. In Government, the PDP would grasp this golden opportunity for radical and fundamental reform, and create an enhanced and comprehensive Development, Planning and Building Control system which Gibraltar can be proud of – one that is modern and efficient, one that properly controls how we use one of our most precious resources, our land. A PDP Government would:

Development and Planning Commission (an authority responsible for how we use our land and what gets built), to ensure its impartiality and credibility as an autonomous planning and decision making body; 2. genuinely involve the community and interest groups from the outset where appropriate; 3. apply the Town Planning Ordinance to Government projects thus requiring it to obtain planning permission, and ensuring that Government projects benefit from equal public scrutiny and conform to the same rules as everyone else; 4. create strict time limits for responses to planning applications and improve on the fast-tracking of simple noncontroversial applications; 5. ensure that our outdated Building Regulations and Health and Safety legislation are modernized and brought up to European standards, such as the regulations governing Disabled Access within the built environment;

9. commit ourselves to sound Environmentally Friendly Design as standard, backed up with upto-date Building Regulations; 10. undertake detailed studies and impact assessments in order to identify and ascertain suitable locations for sustainable land reclamation; 11. study ways of using some of our large expanses of surface parking areas to be developed as covered parking with suitable public amenities above; 12. revitalise our public transport system, and study all possible methods of reducing the unnecessary use of personal cars; “The PDP believe that all these issues

1. review the composition of the Progressive Democratic Party

8. address the steady loss of our public waterfront, and ensure that there are more public open spaces and green areas within new developments;

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BETTER PLANNING FOR BETTER QU ALITY OF LIFE QUALITY

6. ensure that stricter conditions are attached to permits to control important matters such as unneighbourly working hours on site, noise and dust pollution;


ENVIRONMENT - PLANNING - HERITAGE

“We will not ignore our heritage in making decisions. Our history and heritage is what identifies us as a separate people. If we destroy our heritage we destroy our identity.” The PDP will not ignore our heritage. We will protect and conserve it. In particular we will: • Renew our aspiration to make a UNESCO World Heritage Status bid for Gibraltar • Properly resource our heritage protection by dedicating much more human and financial resources to this area • Legislate to publish lists of specially

Our Heritage as it was, Rosia Tanks prior to destruction

need to be carefully addressed as part of our New Development, Planning and Building Control strategy. The overriding premise should be that development of the built environment can be generally good and beneficial to the economy as a whole, but it needs to be sensitive, carefully planned, and above all, community orientated”. “We believe that through appropriate checks and balances, large private developments can be beneficial to the surrounding area and Gibraltar as a whole” Just like the destruction of the old Moorish wall which was part of the Castle complex and the North Gate of the Dockyard became notorious so too the current Government have acquired the doubtful legacy of the destruction of the unique site of the Rosia Tanks. The circumstances surrounding the destruction of what

The GSD’s approach to preservation ?

several UK experts declared was a unique historical site was a monument to brash and arrogant decision-making with the views of residents and heritage experts systematically ignored. That is not the way to govern. The excuse that housing has to be built was a smokescreen. The protection of our heritage and the provision of housing are not mutually exclusive aspirations. They can both be achieved at appropriate locations.

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protected buildings and heritage zones within which special conservation guidelines will have to be followed • Regenerate the Northern Defences and Moorish Castle sites as unique historical sites • Legislate to regulate and conserve the archive record of Gibraltar • Continue with work to clear and expose the city walls and recover abandoned heritage sites.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT Everybody knows the constant traffic chaos we all suffer. While ongoing construction will necessarily involve some disruption the frequency with which people have to put up with noise, nuisance and traffic problems has now become notorious. Added to that the road system is overburdened and necessary works worsen the burden on our streets and add to the general traffic overload. The PDP would take firm measures to better plan our traffic management strategies and improve road infrastructure. The GSD’s Traffic Plan ?

Traffic Management Resources need to be deployed to prepare a comprehensive traffic management and infrastructure strategy to overhaul our roads and transport services. Freer flows at the frontier are welcome but the effect is also to encourage the greater entry of vehicles. This combined with normal usage and the various ongoing construction projects means that Gibraltar often experiences grid-lock. It is clear that our road network is under substantial pressure to cope with vehicular traffic and that there is insufficient planning to deal with the

infrastructural needs of Gibraltar. A strategic plan is essential to deal with issues of traffic, parking, public transport, highway infrastructure, environmental issues such as noise and pollution caused by traffic, waste and utilities services to support new development, the building of new roads and the clear zoning of Gibraltar. Such a plan should be prepared and exhibited for public comment.

Resources Beyond that a PDP Government would dedicate specific and substantial resources to radically deal with this area. A proper and planned traffic and transport infrastructure is essential to assist economic development and to better the quality of our urban environment.

“The PDP would take firm measures to better plan our traffic management strategies and improve road infrastructure.”

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TRAFFIC - TRANSPORT

Use of R oads By Heavy Roads Goods V ehicles Vehicles Heavy construction traffic puts pressure on our roads and contributes to general grid-lock and road deterioration. Development is necessary and the use of heavy goods vehicles is an inevitable part of that process, but development also needs to be properly managed, which is clearly not the case in the last few years. Many people will have noticed the constant stream of cement lorries through heavily populated areas and roads that are clearly signposted with weight restrictions. The throughput of these heavy vehicles through residential areas is simply adding to noise and dust pollution, general nuisance and is a strain on the road network. The issues raised of compliance with and enforcement of traffic legislation, weight limits and the times of usage of these roads for such activity cannot be ignored. The PDP would ensure that these vehicles were more closely monitored and their use of roads at peak times more strictly controlled. There should also be an increase in diesel prices and the revenue ploughed into road maintenance.

Dudley W ard TTunnel unnel Ward Works would be conducted to reopen Dudley Ward Tunnel. Due to the closure of the Dudley Ward Tunnel for safety reasons cement lorries and other

Possible PDP innovative solution heavy construction vehicles have been using residential areas such as Rosia Road and Naval Hospital Road to access the variety of developments that are ongoing in the South District. It is important to ensure this alternate route that bypasses fewer residential districts is opened.

Alternative FForms orms of TTransport ransport

aesthetically acceptable and environmentally sustainable way.

Parking A large underground parking facility would be built alongside the new air terminal and facilities would be established to be able to encourage park and ride from areas out of town.

Public Transport would be radically examined to encourage the use of alternative forms of transport. There would be investment in the bus system to increase frequency of buses. Alternative modes of transport such as shuttles on specific routes would be introduced. More radical alternatives such as a monorail would be considered if it can be achieved in an

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KEY COMMITMENTS

• Disability allowance to be raised • Disability allowance to be made payable to all that may become disabled during their lifetime • More provision for residential elderly care services • More provision for domiciliary services for the elderly • More respite care services • A Children Act to safeguard laws on children and parental rights • Reform of legal aid and assistance • Review of public service broadcasting • A civil partnership law • A referendum law which sets out how referenda on important public questions can be organised and convened • Review of criminal sentencing to allow greater powers to Attorney General in asking Court to review cases • Provision of enhanced services to children in care

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SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND CIVIL RIGHTS


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Community Services

Residential Care Additional residential provision would be made for the Elderly at the present site of Mount Alvernia or at an alternative purpose-built site. The aim would be to provide 100 new residential care beds within 4 years. Coupled with that sensitive measures need to be taken to ensure that there is appropriate use of secondary care beds in St. Bernards. A PDP administration would also welcome the establishment of privately run residential care facilities for the elderly.

Respite Care Insufficient provision is being made for short-term respite services in the field of elderly care or social services generally. A PDP administration would invest resources to increase respite facilities significantly.

Day Care Equally day care facilities would assist families in the care of their relatives and the Government has a role in assisting to make these available. A specific day care facility would be established and access would be determined on the basis of clinical need and dependency as assessed by medical professionals.

An effective interface with the Housing Ministry is essential to ensure that elderly persons retain as much opportunity of living on their own or with their families. To assist that Housing needs must be catered for effectively and efficiently. Additionally there must be much more investment in providing services in the community to elderly persons at home such as meals, assistance with domestic chores, cleaning and so on. A PDP administration would significantly increase these resources and place these services under the supervision of the new Health and Social Services Ministry.

SOCIAL SERVICES SERVICES,, CHILDREN AND THE DISABLED Children Act Legislation would be introduced to better protect children’s rights and set out parental rights and duties in respect of Children in a more updated and modernised way. The UK’s Children Act would be used as a model for this legislation.

Social Services A deep seated review of social services would be carried out to improve the resources and facilities of this department and ensure it can achieve the wider

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priorities in the field of elderly, the disabled and children.

DISABLED Physical Environment The physical environment should be accessible to all, including persons with various types of disabilities. The PDP will ensure that the needs of the disabled are incorporated at the planning stages of all new public buildings and facilities, public housing and public transport systems. Access to existing public buildings, public housing and public transport will be made easier by making the necessary adaptations where possible.

Housing The PDP will work towards the provision of support services to enable disabled persons to live as independently as possible in the community. Additionally it will review and improve the facilities at the Dr. Giraldi Home or alternatively relocate the Dr. Giraldi Home, whilst at the same time incorporating current needs of the disabled.

Allowances Disability allowance will be increased by 25% and extended to all persons who are physically disabled and not just to those born with disability. Additionally these allowances will have

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Recreation, Sports

Education The PDP will endeavour to work towards making as many schools as possible accessible to the disabled. Any new school building will have accessibility for the disabled planned at the design stage. The PDP will continue with the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream education. It will expand this practice, if the education budget allows, for as many disabled children as possible to be included with the appropriate support. St. Martin’s Special School and the Early Bird’s Unit will continue to be valued and supported by the PDP for the excellent service they provide. In Government it commits itself to reviewing the function of St. Bernadette’s Occupational Centre. The PDP feels that these disabled young adults would be better served if the centre became a Resource / Training Centre to meet the training needs of the disabled for the workplace. The Department of Education and Training would necessarily need to be involved in this venture. The Gibraltar College might also be able to provide suitable courses, once the needs of the disabled persons have been identified. The training would prepare these disabled youngsters to participate in some form of employment and this in turn

Moria Walsh is a retired teacher and a former vice-president of the Gibraltar Teachers Association would increase their self worth and that of their families.

Employment The PDP welcome the publication of the Equal Opportunities Ordinance so that disabled persons have equal opportunities for productive and gainful employment in the open labour market. In Government the PDP will review the extension of these principles into other policy areas. It will support the integration of disabled persons into open employment through a variety of measures, such as incentive-orientated quota systems, reserved or designated employment, loans or grants for small businesses, tax concessions, technical or financial assistance to enterprises employing disabled workers. The PDP will also support sheltered employment for those, whose severe disabilities render them unable to cope with the demands

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The PDP will strive to ensure that disabled persons have the same opportunities for recreational activities as other citizens. Since this involves the possibility of using restaurants, cinemas, libraries, sports facilities, beaches etc. the PDP will take action when in Government to remove all obstacles where possible to allow for their participation. The importance of sports for disabled persons is a known fact. With this in mind, the PDP will encourage all forms of sports activities for the disabled, including of course the Special Olympics.

Community Action, Information and PPublic ublic Education The PDP commits itself to giving special importance to changing attitudes in the community concerning the needs of the disabled. It will lead by example by assigning specific responsibility for this area to a designated officer within the Ministry and enlist the active participation of government agencies, trade unions, community organizations, clubs, religious bodies, political parties and parents’ associations. The PDP will create an appropriate body where disabled persons will have an influence and serve as a focal point of communication and coordination to mobilize resources and initiate action. The PDP will ensure that current information is readily available to disabled persons, their families and professionals regarding programmes and services, legislation, institutions, expertise, aids and devices etc.

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annual cost of living increases. The PDP Government would also review existing provision with a view to introducing a mobility allowance and an allowance for carers of disabled who are unable to work due to severity of disability of a person in their charge. The granting of these allowances will be determined in accordance with specific publicly available criteria.


SOCIAL AFFAIRS

DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY The PDP is committed to fostering the principle of equality. Indeed the Party believes that the way that minority groups are treated by society is a reflection of how genuinely tolerant and progressive Gibraltar is. Minorities should be treated in a fair and dignified manner. The PDP recognise that these may not be populist measures but we believe that the policy we advocate is fair and right.

Long TTerm erm R esident Resident Non-EU Nationals

This would include housing, access to healthcare, welfare and pensions benefits. Subject to discussion with the British Government and the adoption of anti-abuse provisions we would support a far more liberal naturalisation policy. Post naturalisation these long-term residents would acquire the right to vote. With rights come responsibilities and the duty to ensure smooth integration into the local community by immigrants that have chosen Gibraltar as their home and their full commitment to Gibraltar’s core values of religious tolerance and respect.

New Entrants

Non EU nationals - in particular in the Moroccan and Indian communities of Gibraltar – deserve special treatment as many of these residents have been here in excess of 25 years. They have made Gibraltar their home and deserve to be treated differently. The drip-feeding of equal treatment and the perpetuation of discriminatory practices can in the Party’s view lead to unnecessary disharmony, discontent and radicalisation of those negatively affected which cannot, in the PDP’s view, be in the greater interests of Gibraltar. A PDP Government would ensure that benefits and responsibilities expected of Gibraltarians and other EU nationals are extended to Moroccan and Indian citizens of good character.

While the PDP see the importance of equal and fair treatment for those longterm residents who have shown their loyalty and commitment to Gibraltar equally we see the risk of overburdening Gibraltar with unwelcome and unnecessary immigration We would therefore combine the positive integration of long-term residents with a very strict immigration policy that would see the introduction of a points system and only controlled

and beneficial immigration will be allowed. Clearly new entrants must be treated differently to long term residents

Civil PPartnership artnership The PDP would introduce Civil Partnership legislation similar to the Civil Partnership Act in the United Kingdom The legislation would make clear and entitle same sex unions to access to benefits in a number of fields – for example housing, tax, welfare and health on a non-discriminatory basis and as provided to other couples.

Age of Consent The PDP believes there should not be a difference between the age of consent for same sex couples and heterosexual couples. The Party believes that the issue of the level at which the age of consent should be set for all should be debated and subjected to a free vote in Parliament. Having a debate in the specific age of consent for all does not undermine the principle of equality as clearly the point is to arrive at an age of consent that applies to all.

“The drip-feeding of equal treatment and the perpetuation of discriminatory practices can in the Party’s view lead to unnecessary disharmony, discontent and radicalisation of those negatively affected which cannot, in the PDP’s view, be in the greater interests of Gibraltar.”

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Review of LLenient enient Sentences The Attorney General will be given power to ask the Court to review what he considers to be excessively lenient sentences.

“Whilst the PDP believe in a progressive and tolerant society, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that respect, good manners and parental responsibilities are the bedrock of any good society.”

Legal Aid and Assistance The Legal Aid and Assistance law will be reformed to raise the financial limits thereby giving many more people access to legal representation on this publicly funded scheme. Statutory bodies such as the Heritage Trust will also be given a right to public funding in the discharge of its public functions.

Police Act This legislation will be amended to safeguard democratic checks and balances and give the Opposition a role in the appointment and

membership of the Police Authority as well as generally reviewing and curtailing the powers of Government in relation to certain provisions of the Police Act 2006.

Justice The PDP supports the creation of a Justice Ministry which needs to be clearly independent of the prosecutions function of the Attorney General but can provide the necessary support in an administrative and policy-making role in this field.

Civic PPride ride This needs to be encouraged at all levels. The PDP would fund public awareness campaigns to ensure that a greater culture of respect and civic pride is encouraged.

Various Criminal Matters

Public Service Broadcasting and PPublishing ublishing The position of GBC as Gibraltar’s public service broadcaster needs to be properly funded and respected. An independent review of all aspects of public service broadcasting would be encouraged to assist in that task. But its continuing role in the community would be protected and properly resourced. Equally the Governments position as an important market player as well as the principal public body needs to be reviewed in its interrelationship with the press. The use of Government sponsorship or advertising can support or undermine operations of independent newspapers. As such there is a role for an Independent Press watchdog to be set up to do two things – provide a forum for media to complain about actions of the Government and for members of the public to complain about the press.

Laws on internet crime and child pornography should be strengthened. Appropriate legislation to establish a Sex Offender’s Register should be considered.

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The PDP would also establish a Cross Party Committee on Justice and Law and Order issues to keep legislation and justice policy issues under review. As previously stated the drinking age

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would be increased to 18.


KEY COMMITMENTS

DEMOCRACY

LIVING DEMOCRACY • No PDP Chief Minister will serve more than 8 years as Chief Minister • Electoral Reform • A Parliamentary Ombudsman • Televised meetings of the Parliament • A Monthly Chief Minister’s Question Time • Greater Use of Referenda on matters of public importance • A more inclusive style of Government • Cooperation and Joint Committees of the Parliament with Opposition members whenever possible • The provision of more regular information to the Opposition • Better consultation with social and economic interest groups at all levels of government planning

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LIVING DEMOCRACY BY NICK CRUZ A commitment to Living Democracy requires a specific set of policies, an on going political will, a different attitude and style of politics, greater public participation and consultation and constant evaluation. We believe that the adoption in Government of the policies and measures identified in this pledge will safeguard the democratic interest of Gibraltar, enhance our governance and allow our citizens greater participation in the democratic process and the ability to hold the Executive to account in a more vigorous way. In July 2006 the PDP announced a 27-point plan to tackle this area which we stand for. The full version is available on our website at www.pdp.gi Broadly the measures that it proposes seek to guarantee; (1) Greater democratic accountability in Parliament (2) A more cooperative consultative

style of politics (3) Greater public participation and consultation (4) Greater protection for citizens rights. It is with regret that over the last four years both individuals and associations have experienced direct and indirect pressure from Government primarily because they simply had a different point of view. The clearest example was the Rosia Tanks debacle. The treatment of the Heritage Trust and the South District Association was nothing more than a blatant and arrogant abuse of power. Living Democracy is designed to prevent such abuse and safeguard individual freedoms and rights from an over powerful executive.

Nick Cruz is a lawyer. He has been active in local politics since the early 1990s and was a member of the GSD Executive till he resigned in September 2005. He has been the Chairman of the Association of Trust and Company Managers and was active within the Council of Representative Bodies during the Anglo-Spanish joint sovereignty campaign.

“I feel passionate about Gibraltar but saddened by the missed opportunities to create an even better Gibraltar. If I can contribute in a small way then the work and effort will have been worthwhile.�

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LIVING DEMOCRACY THE THINKING BEHIND THIS POLICY of law by those that represent it;

Living Democracy: • is about good Governance and the delivery to Gibraltar’s citizens of real democratic accountability; • is the recognition by the Government of their immense responsibility to those people that entrusted it with their future; • is about the continuing implementation of real and practical measures that ensure necessary checks and balances to provide democratic accountability; • is about working tirelessly to safe guard the rights and aspirations of all sectors of Gibraltar without fear or favour ensuring a just and fair society with opportunity to all; • is about safeguarding its citizens against abuses of power or disregard for the rule

• is about making people whom we elect accountable for their decisions not just when made but at any time thereafter; • is about introducing a style and system of Government that is progressive and conducive to good governance for the benefit of all; • is not just about electing a new Government every four years; • is not just about making a choice between the options available for Government at General elections; • is certainly not about the “better the devil you know” politics or about simply voting once every four years. It is about every day, for every

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person; • is not about the politics of arrogance. The PDP are committed to achieving a lasting climate of Living Democracy in several ways:

MAKING THE PARLIAMENT WORK BETTER We would legislate to permit the televising of meetings of the Parliament. We would introduce a monthly Chief Minister’s question time to allow the Opposition regular opportunities to quiz the Government on matters of interest. We will, after due consultation with the Opposition, seek the enlargement of the Parliament so that the Executive is more accountable.

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We would as necessary encourage the use of free votes on non manifesto matters of great public interest and of referenda wherever appropriate. We would create a Parliamentary Ombudsman with investigative and other powers in relation to any elected member or former elected member similar to those in other democracies. We would set up an Independent Parliamentary Committee (IPC) appointed jointly by all parties represented in our Parliament and chaired by the Parliamentary Ombudsman with power to consider any recommendation made by the Parliamentary Ombudsman pursuant to an investigation. The IPC would have extensive powers of recommendation, sanction and where impropriety is identified referral to the Attorney General Chambers for consideration.

MAKING OUR GOVERNMENT WORK BETTER Government Accountability We would encourage real and timely consultation with all parties or independent members of our Parliament on foreign affairs and specifically with the elected Leader of the Opposition with a view to establishing wherever possible a united position and representation on foreign affairs. We would encourage closer cooperation and greater consultation with the Opposition and the use where possible of cross-party committees to make recommendations to the Government including specifically a foreign affairs committee. We commit ourselves to ensuring timely replies to any correspondence, enquiry or issue requiring Government decision by Government Ministers and their heads of departments. We would appoint an Independent Tender Board to which any tender made by Government could be referred for review by a dissatisfied applicant. The Independent Tender

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Board will have power to order a re-tender or such other appropriate action. We would review the composition of statutory bodies or agencies to ensure their independence and where these are chaired by Ministers the inclusion of an Opposition Member where possible. We would engage in real and timely consultative processes with sectoral bodies and interest groups.

MAKING PARTY POLITICS WORK BETTER Party Accountability The PDP has already committed itself to a series of party checks and balances including that no PDP Leader will serve more than eight years as Chief Minister. Additionally the PDP would introduce legislation to require the publication of donations to political parties and to introduce legislation to provide state funding to candidates to a general or byeelection to reduce any spectre or perception of the possibility of the acquisition of political influence.

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We would review the electoral system to ensure that obtaining seats in the Parliament becomes more representative by introducing a form of proportional representation for a number of seats. This will ensure that the system becomes more accessible to minority groups.


KEY COMMITMENTS

ECONOMY BUSINESS AND TAX

ECONOMY, BUSINESS AND TAX • • • •

LOWER PERSONAL TAX LOWER CORPORATE TAX A DEDICATED SHIPPING MINISTER A NEW TOWN PROJECT WITH NEW COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE • A DEDICATED FINANCIAL SERVICES MINISTER • A BUSINESS CENTRE FOR ONE-STOP BUSINESS • LESS REGULATION • LESS BUREAUCRACY • MASSIVE TOURISM PRODUCT OVERHAUL • LINKAGE TO SUSTAINABLE HERITAGE USE AND ECO-TOURISM • ENVIRONMENTALLY TARGETED TAXATION

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A successful economy and good economic management is central in delivering improvements to social services, housing or other public sector services. Growing the economy is essential to then achieve more prosperity, improvement to public services and better quality of life for all our citizens. A PDP government will deliver improvement in Gibraltar ’s economic management by focusing on meaningful and continued consultation, strategic planning, and investment in substantial physical and legislative infrastructure. Whilst the PDP recognize that there has been sustained economic growth under the GSD’s governance it is widely recognised among business and industry that Gibraltar ’s potential economic growth is stifled by the GSD’s centralised nature of economic

management. Delegation is not a weakness its an expression of confidence in those around you and a recognition that one person does not always know

what is best. Well thought out policies and effective decision making in a timely fashion is vital for the success of modern business.

"Gibraltar our Gateway to economic success!"

“Our Corporate Tax system is not competitive and our people are heavily taxed so a PDP administration would as a priority seek to lower the burden of taxation for our citizens and create a competitive Tax environment for business to flouish”

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STYLE OF ECONOMIC MANA GEMENT MANAGEMENT


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deliver a one-stop fluid business support system.

Consultation and Planning

Laws Affecting Business

Traditional Businesses

Government’s role is to create the best environment for business and entrepreneurial spirit to flourish. To do this, the Government must listen to the private sector. A PDP Government would ensure that meaningful and sustained consultation became not just sensible and good practice but the norm. This will also enable proper strategic planning of the economy.

Physical Infrastructure and LLand and R eclamation Reclamation For business and specifically new business to prosper the physical infrastructure must exist. We all recognize Gibraltar ’s immediate physical limitations. A PDP Government would take steps to overcome these in an environmentally sustainable, realistic, practical and immediate way. Commercial and Tourism Infrastructure In the Housing section of this manifesto we have set out the PDP’s plans to undertake a New Town project. This ambitious plan would incorporate a commercial zone. The New Town Zone 2 (Tourism and Leisure) would have as its primary focus hotel and resort facilities, marina and water related sport centres and leisure environment. In Zone 3 (Commercial Area) there would be a mix of office, storage and warehouse facilities focused on support businesses).

Gibraltar’s traditional businesses such as the wholesaling, catering and retailing businesses need to be recognised for there continued contribution to Gibraltar’s economy and jobs. A PDP Government would engage in a consultative process aimed at improving the conditions for growth and development. This would include reviewing custom clearance procedures jurisdictional marketing and incentive schemes for shop refurbishment programmes that cater for improved image presentation and are sensitive to disabled and special need customers.

Gibraltar Business Centre A PDP government would invest in the building of a centralized Business Centre that would encompass all government departments relevant to business activity. Department of Trade and Industry, Finance Centre, Trade Licensing, Income Tax, Vehicle Registration, Land Registry, Employment, etc. would be housed here. The Gibraltar Business Centre would also allow for the centralisation of private sector businesses closely related to Government such as Companies House, Government Land Property Agents, and Yacht Registry. The clear objective of the Gibraltar Business Centre would be to facilitate business procedures and coupled with review of the bureaucratic process currently suffered by business it will

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Our current laws must be stripped of their bureaucratic characteristics that simply add cost and delay business. Under a PDP Government business start up would be made easy, whilst at the same time ensuring that business recognized its social responsibilities.

TAX Corporate TTax ax Certainty and a low tax environment are important for business to grow and develop. This is necessary if Gibraltar is to encourage foreign investment and the continued presence of international companies. The reality of the modern global economy is such that we must remain internationally competitive. A PDP Government would introduce a single rate of corporate tax of 10%. This is in line with other EU finance centres. It is competitive and internationally possible.

Personal TTaxation axation The PDP’s tax objectives are to lower personal income tax because our people are heavily taxed and the job of Government should be to return as much money as possible to people while improving public services. A PDP Government would have as its goal the reduction of personal tax to a net

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Environmentally Targeted TTaxation axation

Financial Services The most important change this sector requires is certainty in the field of corporate taxation. A PDP would ensure that fiscal changes are introduced in our first year of office so as to deliver this much needed certainty and stability. Apart from that the PDP would boost the marketing efforts in this field and support continued diversification into further niche activities and markets including developing Gibraltar as a gateway to European and African markets such as Spain and Morocco.

Tourism

The PDP believes that a firmer connection must be made between the Environment and taxation. Levies and duties on certain goods should be channelled into improvements to our built and natural environment and heritage. To this end a PDP Government would review the tax on Tobacco and Petrol by sums significant enough to increase revenue whilst ensuring these two products did not become unattractive to foreign buyers.

Financial Services, Tourism and Shipping The importance of these three sectors as the pillars of our economy would be recognised by a PDP Government and each sector would be given a principal and dedicated Minister responsible for driving progress in that area.

A strategic connection between this area, preservation of our heritage, growth of our economy and jobs must be made. To that extent our heritage assets must be conserved and sensitively exploited economically. The entire Moorish castle complex and adjoining areas is a good example where the PDP would carry out strategic relocation of users so that the entire area could eventually become a dedicated tourism zone. Our prime asset – the Upper Rock – is in dire need of upkeep and programmed maintenance. Other heritage assets like the Northern Defences or the Mount are ignored and most recently we have seen the destruction of the unique Rosia Tanks. A PDP Government would demonstrate a real and consistent commitment to tourism and heritage. Funds would be dedicated to specific heritage and

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tourism assets. The potential of Gibraltar as a shopping experience and for business conferencing purposes will be developed. The current Theatre Royal project is an expensive mistake and would be abandoned and replaced with a tailormade Conference centre. This would seek to conserve whatever is now salvageable of the old Theatre site. A PDP government would introduce an ambitious hotel development programme on it’s proposed land reclamation scheme and would encourage sensitive development of Boutique Hotels within the old town that would cater for business and tourism alike.

Shipping A strategic review would be conducted of the Gibraltar Port to target investment in future years against the objective of expansion of its activities. The possibilities of developing greater transhipment facilities or warehousing would be examined. If necessary specific reclamation would be completed within the Port area. Given the recent tanker incidents off Europa Point the emergency preparations and disaster management plans and resources would be strengthened. A PDP Government would set up a seek to establish a business forum with Spain and Morocco and the relevant chambers of commerce to see how Gibraltar, Algerciras, La Linea and Tangier can work together for mutual economic benefit.

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20% so that no employee would pay more than 20p in the pound. The longterm objective would be to reduce this even further in keeping with corporate tax rates. Reductions in personal tax would be achieved by economic growth and by replacing the traditional sources of revenue of the Government. It would also have to be combined with an efficient tax collection system. In the medium term taxpayers could elect to retain the current tax system of allowances and deductions if the effect of those is to deliver a more favourable tax rate than 20%.


YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATION

YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATION We need to invest in the Young People of this community through a variety of ways. There has traditionally been insufficient focus on young people and not enough help given to make the transition from education to employment or to housing.

Housing Opportunities Housing is one of the biggest concerns of our young people. A PDP Government would ensure that young single people or young couples be given priority in rental stock or home purchase scheme programmes. We must stop the constant stream of Gibraltarians who are forced because of unaffordability to live in Spain.

Fiscal Measures To assist young couples the PDP would introduce specific fiscal measures for young people such as targeted stamp duty relief or specific property allowances to support purchase. Any person under 30 will be exempt from

stamp duty on the first purchase of property in Gibraltar.

Education Gibraltar is rightfully proud of its education system but there is always room for improvement. The PDP promises to follow every child’s development right from birth. It will provide young families with innovative support systems that will be designed to help both children and parents. For example, allowances for nursery attendance would be reviewed and increased. The complement of Educational Psychologists would be strengthened. In accordance with programs on Health Education, a PDP Government would regulate what is sold to children at Tuck Shops to ensure this accords with healthy eating standards. Additionally the budget for Health Education would be increased.

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We would raise the school leaving age to 16 in conjunction with the introduction of a vocational route since not everyone is suited to follow an academic route. We would look into giving pupils at the end of Year 9 the choice of an academic or a vocational route. The latter would still have an emphasis on the acquisition of good literacy, numeracy and computer skills. Citizenship, Careers Advice and life skills are of particular importance. A PDP government would encourage the introduction of a Sixth Form College to harness resources and thereby give our A level students a wider choice of subjects.

Employment & TTraining raining We feel there is a need to enhance vocational and technical training relevant to employment opportunities in Gibraltar. It is essential to give all our young people the opportunities to realise their potential by choosing the educational route they wish to follow whether it is academic or vocational. The PDP would work closely with business sectors to ensure training programmes are designed in the context of shifts of the economy into specific niche sectors.

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A PDP government would put the necessary resources in place to endeavour to eliminate the alcohol and drugs problem amongst our youth. As a first step, it is committed to changing the laws controlling the consumption of alcohol from 16 years to 18 years. Drink and drugs are known to be the cause of much of the anti-social behaviour we are witnessing in our society today. In order to help to achieve this we would increase the Drug Advisor’s budget. Our goal would be to promote healthier lifestyles in cooperation with youth organizations, allow easy access to sexual and reproductive health care, a sound sex education programme to include sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/ AIDS, inform young people about the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco addiction and adopt much more effective policies to discourage drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse.

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Consultation and Participation We believe in establishing procedures for consultation and participation of our youth in decision- making processes on relevant issues possibly via the Youth Advisory Council, which we would ensure met on a regular basis. The PDP recognise the lack of an open forum where youth can express their views and opinions. It would seek to address this problem, as it is extremely interested in giving the youth a voice since it considers their contribution invaluable. We would also reinstate the Active Citizenship Programme, an initiative by the Gibraltar Youth Service and the Ministry for Youth. The development of full citizenship programmes within the curriculum in our secondary schools, as is the norm in the UK, would also be encouraged. The Active Citizenship programme, which was a great success at the time, would help youth to understand what citizenship is all about and get youth more involved in decision-making.

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would need to draw on all resources within our community and involve collaborations with all communitybased organizations. Community programmes were part of the youth service in Gibraltar up until 2001. A PDP government would reinstate these. In addition our aim would be to open the Youth Clubs on a daily basis including weekends. The facilities at these Youth Clubs need to be improved with resources to develop the infrastructure required for the establishment of leisure time activities. The role of sport in assisting youth development has been recognised and would be supported. Other than sports there is very little that provides entertainment for our youth in Gibraltar, especially during the evenings. The Youth Club for example only have discos for those under 16 years every two weeks. The PDP would improve the quality of entertainment available for Youth in order to steer them away from unproductive activities. Our amateur (music, dance, gymnastics etc.) societies/groups would be encouraged and financially supported, whenever appropriate, to provide entertainment for the general public. This should include Government assistance for the provision of more rehearsal rooms and facilities for clubs to rent.

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SENIOR CITIZENS

SENIOR CITIZENS The position of our Senior Citizens needs to be protected and respected given that they have already given much to this community. It is now their turn to be especially benefited. To that end several measures would be introduced:

Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme After appropriate consultation a scheme would be reintroduced. We agree that the immediate cessation of pension benefits to widows in the death of the husband, as is the case now, has severe financial impact and is undesirable. We would introduce legislation by which payments of public sector pensions to widows would continue for a period of 12 months after the death of the

husband. Such legislation would be a temporary measure while the main legislation to reintroduce a widows and orphans pensions scheme is prepared. Such a scheme would aim at ensuring that those who are financially affected by the current non-provision are assisted.

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Minimum Income Guarantee

For years Divorced women have faced an unfair situation in that many have been deprived of entitlement to an old age pension at all on divorce. The PDP are committed to ensuring that this patent unfairness be addressed decisively. A full review of the measures recently announced would be conducted to establish whether these achieve the desired aim of ensuring that former spouses of contributors are provided adequate pension on a proportional and commensurate basis. Both the previous spouse and current spouse must be treated fairly.

This would be increased by 25% to ensure more people are entitled and the levels of payments are raised. In particular the PDP is concerned about those senior citizens without an occupational pension scheme or private pension provision.

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Means testing on these payments would cease for old age pensioners.

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Dental TTreatment reatment for Over 70’s A PDP Government would ensure that free dental treatment for those over 70 whose only income is the old age pension is introduced.

Death Grant This would be increased by 50%.

Old Age PPension ension Entitlement There would be a revision of contributions necessary to achieve entitlement to an old age pension to ensure that persons with gaps in their contribution record are not unfairly impacted and given further opportunities to rectify their record.

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Rent R elief Relief

Parking for Over 80’s

This would be reviewed with a view to extending its provision to those on the lowest incomes – and below a certain income level

We would introduce a system to provide special discs and the provision of guaranteed bays for drivers over 80.

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Annual Discount for the Elderly

The PDP is committed to regular meetings with the Senior Citizens Association and the Gibraltar Pensioners Association to discuss issues of interest to pensioners and senior citizens which Government can assist in addressing.

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We would credit Electricity and water bills at the beginning of the year rather than it being claimed retrospectively at the end of the year.

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SPORTS - CULTURE

SPORT AND CULTURE Doing sport and engaging in cultural activities needs to be encouraged for the health benefits and the enjoyment it brings whilst achieving a general enrichment for our community. The Government needs to assist by enhancing facilities, funding and resources in these fields. Our commitments in each area are:

SPOR T SPORT KEY COMMITMENTS • The promotion and advertising of Sport through the Government website would provide the public with easy access to information on what is available and when. • The creation of a new Sporting Commission headed by the Minister for Sports in consultation with the Sports Authority and with chosen representatives from each Sporting Association to ensure that Sport in Gibraltar remains healthy and competitive.

• Ongoing quarterly meetings with Sporting Associations for the discussion of decisions affecting them and sport generally and with direct input from affected clubs and groups to ensure all ideas are encompassed and without discrimination to the smaller clubs.

• The creation of a new lottery system (as seen in the UK) to create income to assist with the financing of clubs, for the provision of necessary equipment and for the funding of trips abroad which widens the experience of our sportsmen and sportswomen.

• Investment in instructors and coaching and encouraging students still at school to aim to fill these jobs in the future.

• The provision of coaches for trips into Spain to attend team events whenever established criteria decided with the Sports Advisory Council are met.

• Provision of a Sports Meeting Centre with one large conference style room and additional meeting rooms to enable clubs and groups to have facilities for their own use and for AGMs, presentation nights as well as for the shared use of minority sports such as Chess, Tablita, etc. and for the storage of equipment. • A review of the current amenities provided to those clubs that have them to ensure that they are being used to their full potential.

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• A review of the existing football pitch at Victoria Stadium to ensure that this meets international standards and the relocation of the minority sports facilities to a more appropriate location. • Gibraltar is a prime location for water-based sports. We would therefore encourage good use of our seas primarily by locals but also abroad as a touristic attraction ensuring that we have properly equipped dive clubs, fishing clubs, sailing clubs and

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other water related sports clubs.

CUL TURE CULTURE • A multi-purpose open arena for sporting, cultural and entertainment functions will be provided as part of the New Town project. • The Theatre Royal project was an expensive mistake. The current project should be abandoned and a lower cost purpose built modern theatre cum conference centre built on that site or an alternative site which could cater for underground parking facilities. • A programme of refurbishment of current cultural facilities such as John Mackintosh Hall Theatre, Ince’s Hall, St. Michael’s Cave and the Alameda Open Theatre would be conducted.

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• The Arts Advisory Council will meet more frequently and be given a larger role in the decision-making and use of funds by Government in the field of culture.

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• A Cultural Development Office will be created with functions similar to that of the Sports Development Unit.

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• There will be an injection of funding for the purposes of special cultural grants and cultural activities which would be awarded against a criteria established by Government in conjunction with the Arts Advisory Council.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS - CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

THE EU DIMENSION Undoubtedly our membership of the European Unions brings challenges and opportunities for Gibraltar. The EU now produces laws that affect our citizens continually and it is important that we influence these laws before they are made. Soon detailed negotiations will start towards a new Treaty to amend the Treaties establishing the European Union. It is important in that process to be vigilant that Spain does not seek to undermine our status within the EU in anyway. In 2004 when the last Treaty was negotiated Spain tried to do that. Apart from monitoring that situation we need to ensure that there are better ways of influencing discussions that affect Gibraltar

within the European Union. To that extent the PDP is committed to negotiating agreements with the British Government so that we can achieve more power, representation and influence within Europe We are also committed to:

Seeking a separate MEP for Gibraltar Even though we now have the right to vote to elections in the European Parliament we believe that for

reasons of our separate identity Gibraltar should have separate representation within the Parliament.

Representation on the Committee of the R egions Regions Gibraltar has no representation in this body which provides useful interface with regions within Europe and again we believe that Gibraltar should have a seat within this Committee.

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Gibraltar belongs to the people of Gibraltar and no-one else has a right to decide our future or has any rights over our land. That is why a PDP Government would not be willing to say that the sovereignty of Gibraltar is an issue for Spain and the United Kingdom to the exclusion of our people. ensure that we secure full selfconstructive dialogue with Spain The GSD say: “The Gibraltar Government understands and accepts that the references to sovereignty are bilateral to the UK and Spain.” Cordoba Agreement – September 2006 The PDP say: “The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a matter for the people of Gibraltar Gibraltar.. The PDP would notify Britain and Spain that it does not accept that sovereignty is an issue which is bilateral to those countries.” There can be no discussions on sovereignty without the consent of the people of Gibraltar and without the participation of the Gibraltar Government. Any agreement that touches upon Gibraltar ’s sovereignty or status should go to a referendum. Our aspiration is to

government and international respect and acceptance of our status as a separate and distinct people.

DIAL OGUE WITH SP AIN DIALOGUE SPAIN AND OUR AIRPOR T AIRPORT We have welcomed various aspects of the Cordoba Agreements. In particular we support measures that break down historic Spanish restrictions on frontier flows and telecommunications. However those need to be kept under review because it is clear, from time to time, that frontier queues reappear or that Spain continues its campaign of harassment at various levels from our UEFA application to blocking a number of international Conventions because of Gibraltar. There are serious questions as to whether Spain is truly committed to a lasting commitment to achieve a new environment of respect for our rights.

and cooperation on matters of mutual interest and benefit. In Government therefore we would participate in such talks with Spain. Our ambition in talks would be to ensure beneficial cooperation on issues like the environment, health, culture and sport among others without compromising on our fundamental sovereignty position.

In relation to the 2006 Airport Agreement we remain concerned about the logistical arrangements of the new airport terminal and that the arrangements will mean that Spanish officials will exert jurisdiction and control over passengers physically in Gibraltar. In Government we would wish to maintain direct air links to Spain but would ensure that any logistical arrangements within our terminal do not undermine issues of jurisdiction and control over our land. That is perfectly possible and can be achieved without undermining or collapsing any process of dialogue with Spain.

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THE UNITED NA TIONS NATIONS We will continue to campaign for recognition of our unqualified right to self-determination. That means that we will continue attendances at the United Nations. The PDP in Government however would invite the Leader of the Opposition to form part of the Gibraltar delegation at the UN. It is important to put domestic differences to one side and cooperate as much as possible on the international stage.

FURTHER CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM In supporting last year’s referendum on the new Constitution we made clear that we considered it a stepping-stone to further reforms that are necessary to enhance democracy and to realise our aspirations as a people to be in control of our own affairs. We are committed to introducing those changes. This will require reforms at three

levels: • further constitutional reform – we will engage the British Government in such talks once elected into Government • electoral reform – we will ensure that legislation is introduced to achieve better accountability of the Executive PDP Leader Keith Azopardi addresses United through the Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation combination of as Deputy Chief Minister electoral and Parliamentary reform and • separate measures to foster better democratic accountability and civic participation. Many of these measures are set out in the pages on Democracy in this Manifesto.

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KEY COMMITMENTS

• Lower Personal Tax • Lower Corporate Tax • More Investment in Community and Elderly care services • Better traffic management • Electoral reform to ensure greater accountability of Government • Better Leisure and culture facilities • A review of law & order measures • A commitment to further constitutional reform where necessary • Constructive dialogue but firm on our sovereignty


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