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What does Progressive mean?
Progressive = looking to the future.
We seek the best answers, rather than the answers which match an ideology, to help society move forward based on research evidence and the best interests of the people.
Are you left wing? right wing? centrist?
We are none of those things. We don’t base our policies on an exclusive ideology or on the interests of one demographic. We’re not in the thrall of big business, the unions or any radical movement. We base policies on evidence and ethical concerns, and we want to work with specific communities to find solutions to their specific problems.
Are you Communists/Socialists?
No. We are strongly anti-corruption and we have a strong Code of Ethics which we implement without hesitation when people in the party behave badly. We are pro-equality, but that doesn’t mean we’re communist or even socialist. We are just as interested in supporting small business as we are in supporting low income earners and the unemployed. We also want to support large corporations to do their jobs in a more ethical manner which doesn’t compromise the well-being of those less well-off. We do believe that everyone deserves a roof over their head and enough to eat.
How are you different from Labor?
We aren’t tied to one social demographic or organisation/movement. We believe the rights of employers and workers are equally important.
How are you different from The Greens?
The Greens work downwards from their central environmental ideology. We want to consult communities, working upwards from people’s needs while acting on the scientific evidence. Sometimes the big answers will be similar but the fine detail will be different. For example we believe that nobody is better off if the planet is uninhabitable, but to ignore the genuine economic and employment needs of farmers and miners is against our values so support for these demographics will be an important part of our policies.
Are you associated with GetUp?
No. We’re trying to move away from clicktivism and to give people back their personal power in politics. We admire the way GetUp have shifted toward more people-powered politics.
Where are your preferences going?
We don’t preference by party or use a ‘preference whisperer’ because that would conflict with our values. We make preferencing decisions based on individual electorates, asking ourselves who amongst the other candidates best matches our values and is least likely to damage the best interests of the Australian people.
What's your view on religion?
Everyone has a right to their own spiritual beliefs. Religion is an entirely private matter. However nobody has the right to inflict suffering or disadvantage on others based on their spiritual beliefs or religion, whether that suffering is physical, mental or economic.
We also strongly believe in the principle of the separation of church and state and reject any religious influence in public policy in a secular state.