Platform Outline

Economic Justice

Our goal is to end poverty and legislate for the living wage for all Australians. We will increase Newstart so no Australian is left behind.

We support small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs willing to have a go and make a difference.

We will implement job initiatives in traditional industries including the trades, and increase participation for women and girls in areas traditionally dominated by men.

We will introduce legislation to strengthen a responsible financial and banking system that serves all Australians.

We will also review and revise Australia’s taxation thresholds and system to deliver a fair and equitable taxation system for all Australians and end corporate and other forms of irresponsible tax evasion.


Social Equality

We will guarantee funding for national programs to end violence against women and children. 

We will introduce a fair and equitable parental leave system for all working parents and carers.

We advocate for gender equity and diversity in our parliaments as a true place of representative democracy.

We celebrate and will promote the successes of a truly multicultural Australia.


Ending Corruption

We will establish a Federal ICAC.

We will legislate protections for journalists and whistleblowers and introduce a legally binding Federal and State Parliamentarian Code of Conduct.


Guaranteeing Environmental Protection and Addressing Climate Change: Today.

We champion a national rapid, funded and equitable transition strategy to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

We will legislate a range of fully funded measures to preserve and protect our natural biodiversity.

We will bring national water security to the forefront of our environmental policy to preserve diminishing water supply, restore a sustainable agricultural industry and sustain struggling Australian farmers.


Building and Securing Australia's Future

We will implement policies to develop and deliver a strong comprehensive social, economic and political plan to build a future for all Australians.

Working with the states, territories and local governments, we will implement funded public, social and affordable housing initiatives, including research and development into a range of housing options.

We will secure an ongoing minimum investment threshold amount of the GDP to invest in national public transport and infrastructure programs, with an emphasis on regional growth and development policies, especially for northern Australia.

We will ensure ongoing support for our agricultural and primary industries through a range of funded grants and ‘Buy only Australian’ marketing programs.

We will continue to develop new defence capabilities and space industries to make all Australians proud.


Education

We acknowledge that education is the foundation of all progress, and that teachers are one of Australia’s most valuable resources. We will strive to raise respect for the teaching profession in the general community, ensuring that all teachers including librarians are carefully selected, adequately recompensed and trained to a high level of expertise.

We will ensure that education policy is consistent with world best practice, age-appropriate, evidence-based and not subject to pressure from the powerful but uninformed. We will respect and invite the input of experienced teachers and educational researchers into educational policy. We will ensure that education looks to the needs of the future of the Australian people, rather than travelling along the customary tram tracks of the past.

We will provide adequate funding for all forms of education including special education, TAFE, universities and public schools, and we will firmly encourage the wealthiest private schools to earn their public funding by sharing their resources with communities in a variety of mutually beneficial ways.


Healthcare

We will deliver an enhanced and fully funded Medicare as the world class model of national healthcare. We will retain some elements of private health insurance to enable Australians to choose the ancillary and cosmetic services they prefer.

We will develop and implement a national dental scheme with free dental care for all young Australians under the age of 18 years and those on income support.


Foreign Policy and Immigration

We will deliver a thoughtful and humane foreign policy representing the Australian ideal of a fair go for all.

This includes:

  • treating new arrivals with dignity;
  • respecting and enforcing the rules of international law and effectively carrying out our obligations as a global citizen;
  • preserving and promoting the human rights of all people.

Democratic and Constitutional Reform

We will shape our Australian citizen-centred democracy at the personal level through instituting electoral safeguards designed to enhance the representativeness and trustworthiness of our parliamentary democracy.

We will deliver ongoing measures in our parliament to safeguard responsible government into the 21st Century.

We will continue to advocate for the separation of Church and State. 

We will refine our federation through constitutional reform and lead the change to a modern Australian Republic.


Reconciliation

Voice. Treaty. Truth. Now.

We fully support all First Peoples to their rightful place in Australian society through the provision of treaties and agreements designed to affirm their place in the Australian nation.


Media, Communications and Culture

We will restore funding to the ABC and SBS and implement legislative measures for a diverse, accountable and competitive digital and traditional media. 

We will enhance support measures for our athletes and for all sports generally.

We will work with the private sector to upgrade and introduce national sponsorship and grants initiatives for a healthy and vibrant arts culture that contributes to national life.


Science and Knowledge

We will introduce legislative protections for Australian research and patent reform.

We will develop a national comprehensive data protections framework and upgrade privacy rights to meet the challenges of the digital age.


Criminal Law Reform

We will modernise our justice system by harmonizing all state, territory and federal criminal laws.

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