What we stand for
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander rights:Treaty now to respect sovereignty; repeal the Northern Territory intervention laws; abolish racist welfare quarantining; no uranium waste dumps; close the gap in Aboriginal health, education and housing.
Public ownership: Nationalise the mines, banks and energy companies, under community and workers’ control, to take back the wealth, so that it can be used for social and environmental purposes.
Climate change: Re-nationalise the energy sector and begin immediate and large-scale public investment for 100% renewable energy in 10 years; stop fracking, CSG and other unconventional gas mining; scrap the emissions trading scam; tax the corporate polluters and billionaires.
Asylum seekers: Reject the "PNG solution"; Honour Australia's UNHCR obligations; close offshore and onshore detention centres and end mandatory detention; end excisions” of Australian territory; end deportations and end ASIO security veto of refugees.
Workers’ rights: Scrap all anti-union laws;recognise workers’ right to strike and organise in law; full industrial, residency and citizenship rights for all migrant workers.
Democratic rights: Full marriage equality; full rights for trans and intersex people; scrap ‘anti-terror’ laws and abolish ASIO; adopt a Bill of Rights.
Women’s rights: Full pay equity now; remove abortion from the criminal code; strengthen laws against sexual harassment.
Youth rights: Right to vote at 16; scrap “learn or earn”; boost funding to youth services; end youth wage rates.
Education: Reverse all the cuts to education. Make public education free to tertiary level; increase funding to public schools to at least the level recommended by Gonski review but end funding to private schools and tertiary institutions.
Housing: Tackle homelessness and the housing shortfall with a large-scale expansion in quality public housing. Cap rent and mortgage repayments at 20% of income.
Health: Boost funding for preventative care; free dental care; end subsidies to private insurers; expand community-based health care networks; boost funding on mental health.
Public transport: Boost investment in suburban and high-speed intercity rail. Make public transport free and frequent.
Poverty and unemployment: Reverse the attacks on sole parent pensions; lift all welfare payments above the poverty line; create useful jobs in housing, public transport and renewable energy.
Childcare and social services: Boost funding to community-based aged and child care networks, expand disability services and access.
Anti-war: Bring back all military forces from Afghanistan; no participation or support for imperialist interventions; isolate apartheid Israel; end ANZUS and the basing of US military in Australia; boost development and climate change aid to poor countries.