Our Values

As Australian Progressives, we hold the following values as key to the success our movement.

Ethics

Our moral compass is to ensure our behaviour towards others reflects how we would like to be treated ourselves.

Read our Code of Ethics and Required Conduct to find out more about how we want to change political behaviour through example.

Empathy

We believe that compassion for others is the basis of a truly contented society. Without seeing others’ points of view, how can we make policy that helps to solve people’s problems? How can we help the disadvantaged without imagining how it would feel to be in their position?

As Australian Progressives, we know that empathy is key to good public policy. The concept of ‘walking a mile in another’s shoes’ is what we expect of our candidates and defines our membership. We are all human. 

Evidence

Creating cohesive policy that references fact-based, peer-reviewed research and/or proven experiences elsewhere.

To create and sustain a functional and fulfilling society we reject the use of all for-profit agendas when we make policy. Transparency and logic for decision-making purposes are vital if the Australian people are to regain their confidence in government.

Empowerment

Giving people a measure of control over what happens to them, and the assurance that their voice is heard.

It’s hard to be positive when we feel or think we have no control. We will provide the platforms and support/assistance to empower the Australian people to take back our parliamentary democracy, to create positive change for our community, and introduce measure to help our fellow Australians to live a better life.

Equality

Closing the gaps between the privileged and the underprivileged.

Achieving equality for all our citizens is not a matter of giving all citizens the same thing. To do so simply retains the inequities. As a government we recognise that the diversity of experience, differences in income, social standing, culture, race and gender, and the difficulties of remote and rural locations, as barriers to equality. We apply principles of equity in our policy making with a goal to provide the resources that everyday Australians are entitled to enable equality of opportunity in every sphere of life.

Engagement

We listen. Starting and supporting conversations and positive actions between citizens, asking people for their feelings, thoughts and opinions.  We want to restore our sense of Australian community and belonging.

Our society has become cynical of all things political and with good reason. It seems that engagement with politics has moved away from membership of political parties and towards either inertia or activism.  We see ourselves as the bridge between peaceful grassroots activism and politics. Grassroots progressivism can do good to help improve quality of life for many Australians. Only with grassroots positive action can we fight the disillusionment and cynicism that pervades our society and elevate our country in many ways.

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