State Platform

The following is the NSW Interim Steering Committee's initial draft electoral manifesto for the NSW Progressives. All policies are subject to review based on the best available evidence, as well as the democratic will of the NSW Progressives membership.

The platform will be placed on the agenda for the Inaugural State Conference as the party approaches the threshold for registering as a political party in NSW.

If you have any ideas to improve our platform, please email [email protected]

 

Education

Schools Policy

  • The NSW Progressives support policies that will encourage small class sizes.
  • The NSW Progressives support the amendment of the education curriculum to include studies in Social Values, the Environment, Conflict Resolution and Emotional Development.
  • The NSW Progressives support a reduction in the level of standardised testing across schooling.
  • The NSW Progressives support the implementation of the Finnish model of education
  • The NSW Progressives support improving schools infrastructure to remove all demountable classrooms in favour of fixed buildings with climate adaptions.

Housing

Public and Social Housing

  • The NSW Progressives support an expansion of the procuring of public housing stock through a building program.
  • The NSW Progressives support the retention of public housing stock to match the demand for public housing.
  • The NSW Progressives support distributing public housing stock across the state to encourage the development of integrated communities, and to reduce the development of “public housing suburbs”.
  • The NSW Progressives support wide eligibility for access to public housing, with costs tied to a proportion of income.

Affordable Housing

  • The NSW Progressives support requirements for all new developments to include affordable housing quotas.
  • The NSW Progressives support inquiries into the development of policies for Rent Control, Rent Caps and Rent Freezes in NSW
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of housing co-op schemes.
  • The NSW Progressives support winding back demand-side subsidies to halt skyrocketing house prices.
  • The NSW Progressives support a focus on supply-side policies to increase housing stock.

Basix and Standards

  • The NSW Progressives support strong renewable energy standards for new developments and renovations.
  • The NSW Progressives support climate adaption requirements for all new builds
  • The NSW Progressives support policies to retrofit existing housing stock with climate adaptations.
  • The NSW Progressives support rebates and subsidies for developments that produce housing stock with renewable energy and climate adaptations.

Zoning

  • The NSW Progressives support zoning laws that ban short-stay leases like AirBNB.
  • The NSW Progressives support Caps on the number of residential properties that can be owned by an individual or corporation.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of vacancy taxes on dwellings that are kept empty.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of density standards to transition toward more liveable cities.

Public Services

Public Transport

  • The NSW Progressives support disability access requirements for all forms of public transport.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of 24/7 Free Public Transport within the Sydney CBD, Parramatta CBD, and at the new Western Sydney Airport district.
  • The NSW Progressives support route reform to ensure that our public transport system is available to all who need it.
  • The NSW Progressives support implementing emissions targets for all public transport vehicles.
  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion of public transport through rural and regional NSW.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of policies that support the uptake of Public Transport, including rewards for Public Transport commuters.

Roads

  • The NSW Progressives support the nationalisation of all currently privately owned toll roads, and the retention of all roads in public hands.
  • The NSW Progressives support upgrading road maintenance works.
  • The NSW Progressives support policies that discourage driving where it is unnecessary.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of policies that offer preferences to Electric Vehicles and Hybrids over traditional Combustion Engine vehicles.
  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion and maintenance of an electrical vehicle charging network.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of a Petrol Car Buy Back when citizens are upgrading to an Electric Vehicle.

Services NSW

  • The NSW Progressives support the digitisation of government services where appropriate.
  • The NSW Progressives support ensuring the highest level of security and privacy protection for all government services provided online.

Fire Services

  • The NSW Progressives support expanded funding for the NSW Fire Services.
  • The NSW Progressives support expanded funding and resourcing to ensure the capability of our NSW Fire Services.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of further bushfire response and preparedness for the NSW Fire Services.

Regulation

  • The NSW Progressives support a review on the regulations surrounding airsoft, paintball and gel blasters.
  • The NSW Progressives support a review of the licensing requirements around fishing and shooting.

Heritage

  • The NSW Progressives support the enforcement of protections for heritage buildings and environments.
  • The NSW Progressives support the provision of cultural applications for heritage protection for important landmarks and icons of the state.
  • The NSW Progressives support the protection of indigenous cultural heritage and sites, and support stronger enforcement of those protections.

Smart Cities

  • The NSW Progressives support the development of a Smart City Plan for all major cities in NSW to allow for data-driven economic and social development.
  • The NSW Progressives support strengthening of privacy laws in NSW to ensure that government digitisation and Smart City Plans do not infringe on the right to privacy.

Independent Commission Against Corruption

  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion of funding, resources, and powers for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Law and Order

Policing

  • The NSW Progressives support policies to “Defund the Police” and shift the role of police officers in the community to the handling of criminal investigation and emergencies.
  • The NSW Progressives support the developing of situational capacity for policing to allow for the inclusion of social workers and mental health professionals in the state’s emergency response system.
  • The NSW Progressives support a review into the resource allocation for policing, to shift towards crime prevention and investigation as opposed to revenue raising off victimless crimes.

Punitive Punishments

  • The NSW Progressives support reforms to the system of fines and penalty units.
  • The NSW Progressives support sentencing reform to ensure that sentences align with community expectations.
  • The NSW Progressives support the abolition of mandatory minimum sentences.
  • The NSW Progressives support the criminalisation of wage theft, and the enforcement of punitive punishments for corporate crimes against workers and the community.
  • The NSW Progressives support reform and expansion to the system of community service as restitution for criminal offences.
  • The NSW Progressives support raising the age of criminal responsibility.
  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion of Youth Intervention Policies that do not criminalise children, and can prevent the transition to a life of criminality.
  • The NSW Progressives support a broad-scale review of sentencing laws regarding sex offences, in line with community expectations.

Drug Law Reform

  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion of support for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation services, and support referral to these services as a valid sentencing tool for judges.
  • The NSW Progressives support policies to decriminalise, legalise, and regulate recreational drug use where there is little change of impact to the community.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of dedicated Drug Courts for dealing with Drug Related Criminal Offences.

Privacy

  • The NSW Progressives support the development and introduction of a Right to Privacy.

Environment

Climate

  • The NSW Progressives support the development of policies to support climate adaptations across all factors of economic and social life.
  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion of green cover in cities to reduce the effects of climate change, and to serve as carbon capture.
  • The NSW Progressives support government intervention in the energy market to boost Renewable Energy
  • The NSW Progressives support a review into the introduction of congestion taxes.
  • The NSW Progressives support a Renewable Energy Target.
  • The NSW Progressives support a Net-Zero Emissions Target and policies to help NSW become a net-negative carbon contributor.

Biodiversity

  • The NSW Progressives support the protection of native species.
  • The NSW Progressives support sustainable biodiversity, including the culling of threats to the balance of the ecosystem.

Water

  • The NSW Progressives support a focus on security of the supply of water for drinking and agriculture.
  • The NSW Progressives support the inclusion of Indigenous Advisors, and engagement with Indigenous people on the development of water use policies.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of the state’s Aquaculture industry.

Urban Environment

  • The NSW Progressives support policies that encourage and develop urban agriculture.
  • The NSW Progressives support planning policies to prevent Heat Sinks.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of architectural plans that focus on climate adaptations for all major urban centres.

Rural and Regional NSW

Job Creation

  • The NSW Progressives support the development of a clear, public and just transition away from thermal coal mining.
  • The NSW Progressives support policies to support employment in the agricultural industry under a fair award system.
  • The NSW Progressives support policies to enhance the role of the tourism industry in the Regional Economy in NSW.

Public Infrastructure

  • The NSW Progressives support expanded funding and resourcing for the public health system in Regional NSW.
  • The NSW Progressives support expanded funding and resourcing for the public education system in Regional NSW.
  • The NSW Progressives support the maintenance of the public roads system in Regional NSW.

Mental Health

  • The NSW Progressives support policies that will aid in suicide prevention in Regional NSW.
  • The NSW Progressives support ongoing funding and resources for mental health services in Regional NSW.

Tourism

  • The NSW Progressives support the expansion and extension of the Discover NSW Voucher System to encourage further domestic Regional NSW tourism.
  • The NSW Progressives support funding and resourcing for Regional Cultural Events.
  • The NSW Progressives support the investigation of a Foreign Tourism Tax for those leaving NSW.

Agriculture

  • The NSW Progressives support a strategic agriculture policy that bases what we will grow and where on evidence.
  • The NSW Progressives support the introduction of Animal Rights and the expansion of Animal Welfare Laws.
  • The NSW Progressives support the development of Farming Transparency regulations for both employment and animal welfare.
  • The NSW Progressives support research into the development of Lab-Grown Meat, and seeking to reduce the carbon intensity of the industry.

Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis

Hours of Operation

  • The NSW Progressives support community engagement in the development of the Western Sydney Airport, including the possibility of a curfew, and compensation for those affected by the air traffic.

Aerotropolis

  • The NSW Progressives support the publication of all development plans for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
  • The NSW Progressives support ongoing community engagement on all aspects of the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
  • The NSW Progressives support the publication of all environmental impacts of the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Amenities

  • The NSW Progressives support the requirement of public amenities to be provided in all stages of development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
  • The NSW Progressives support the requirement of the introduction of public transport options to, from, and across the area of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
  • The NSW Progressives oppose the introduction of Western Sydney Airport or Aerotropolis access surcharges.

Standing ICAC Inquiry

  • The NSW Progressives support the establishment of a standing Independence Commission Against Corruption Inquiry into all development, land and use deals regarding the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis.

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