Liberal and Labor politicians, who govern for the big corporations at the expense of people, have overseen decades of cutbacks to social services, privatisations and attacks on our democratic rights.
The neoliberal consensus has meant that our public health and education systems have been starved of funds and semi-privatised. It has also meant that our working lives are less secure and our work rights have been undermined.
All this has made Australia a harsher, more unsustainable and unequal society.
Australia is among the highest carbon emitting countries in the world, per capita, contributing to the global climate crisis. Our forests, farming lands, reefs and water systems are under serious threat from environmental destruction caused by extractive industries.
For 14 years, governments and the corporate media have waged war against refugees — a war which has given rise to a cruel and expensive detention regime, now being promoted to the world, and the deaths of thousands of asylum seekers.
More recently, governments have starved Aboriginal organisations of funds and have begun to close remote Aboriginal communities.
This government-fuelled racism — poisonous in its own right — is part of the background to recent attempts to undermine universal rights such as Medicare, our retirement pension, unemployment benefits and other welfare rights.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Australia is a wealthy country with the resources to provide everyone with a decent, comfortable life and to provide aid to our regional neighbours. But the reality is that 60% of that wealth is in the hands of the richest 20%, while the poorest 20% own virtually nothing.
We need a radically different future: one that provides for human development, meets community need, protects our environment and guarantees a safe climate; one where our economy operates to ensure social and ecological need; one where participatory democracy means people make the decisions in society; one that promotes cooperation, solidarity and justice for all — an eco-socialist future.
As Naomi Klein said during her visit to Australia, “we have to challenge this system head-on”. To do this, we need to build a strong, active, democratic movement of the majority. We need to forge alliances between workers, communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all those under attack — so we can take on the power of the corporations and build that future together.
Scrap the GST;
For a progressive tax system where the wealthy pay their share;
Introduce a wealth tax for the super rich;
An immediate rise in company tax to 49%;
Tax the big polluters;
End the billions in public subsidies to mining corporations banks and energy companies; and
End rampant tax evasion by multinationals.
Scrap the ‘Direct Action’ fraud;
Urgent public investment and emission reduction targets to achieve 100% renewable energy within 10 years;
Bring the power industries under public ownership and democratic control;
Stop fracking and all unconventional gas mining;
Tax the corporate polluters and billionaires;
Make the shift from coal and gas to renewables with a just transition for workers;
Justice for climate refugees and those displaced by climate change;
Ban the logging of old-growth forests;
Begin an urgent program of reforestation, sustainable farming and biodiversity protection; and
Enforce the rehabilitation of mine sites by companies.
No community closures;
Treaties now to respect sovereignty and land rights;
Repeal the Stronger Futures laws;
Abolish racist welfare quarantining and compulsory income management;
No uranium waste dumps;
Close the gap in Aboriginal health, education, employment and housing;
Implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody;
Fund language and culture programs and bilingual education in schools; and
Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs — not tokenistic Constitutional recognition.
End the boat turn-backs;
Protect the rights of medical, teaching and security staff to speak out about abuse in detention;
Honour Australia's UNHCR obligations;
Close offshore and onshore detention centres and end mandatory detention;
Restore all Australian territories to the migration zone; and
Rnd deportations and end ASIO security veto of refugees.
Scrap all anti-union laws;
No new ABCC (Australian Building & Construction Commission);
Recognise workers’ right to strike and organise in law, including solidarity actions;
Increase the minimum wage;
Restore penalty rates;
Recognise the right to secure work for all — reverse casualisation;
Full industrial, residency and citizenship rights for all migrant workers;
Expand apprenticeship programs; and
Guarantee retirement and access to the pension for all at age 60.
Retool Australia’s manufacturing sector for the production of renewable technologies and public transport;
Immediate public investment to create jobs in providing better public housing, schools, hospitals and health facilities; and
Create jobs by introducing a 30 hour week, with no loss of wages.
Reverse the attacks on sole parent pensions;
Scrap "Work for the Dole" schemes;
No compulsory income management and other forms of welfare quarantining;
Aguaranteed basic income for all;
Lift all welfare payments above the poverty line and index them to maintain real value;
Boost funding to community-based aged and childcare services;
Expand disability services and access; and
Restore the universal right to the aged pension.
Full marriage equality;
Full rights for trans and intersex people;
Full, publicly-funded medical services for gender transition;
Fully-funded school programs for non judgemental sex education and anti violence campaigns; and
Full adoption rights.
End the back door co-payments;
Restore free, universal health care;
Boost funding for preventative care and chronic disease management;
Free dental care;
End subsidies to private health insurers;
Expand community-based health care networks; and
Boost funding to mental health services.
Bring back all military forces from Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East;
No participation or support for imperialist interventions;
Isolate apartheid Israel;
End ANZUS and US military bases in Australia;
Cut military spending and boost development and climate change aid to poor countries;
Reverse the cuts to Australia's overseas aid programs — for a massive increase in Australia's aid budget;
End Australia’s interference in the affairs of countries in the Asia Pacific; and
Independence for West Papua.
Participatory democracy which empowers people and communities;
Proportional representation at all government levels;
Election campaigns for all candidates publicly funded to a fixed amount;
End careerism and rorting — put politicians on an average worker’s wage;
All government positions subject to recall; and
Scrap the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
Decriminalise drugs and divert policing to address domestic violence, corporate tax evasion, and other corporate crimes including environmental vandalism;
End mandatory detention;
For prevention programs, community-oriented rehabilitation schemes and alternatives to imprisonment;
Fully fund legal aid;
Maintain policing and corrective services in public hands; and
Reverse the privatisation of prisons.