GIVE THE BIG 3 THE BOOT
A personal take on:
Don’t be misled by their name …. This is not just another ‘greenie’ party. They have an intelligent, wholistic approach to pretty nearly all the issues that are worrying Australians. Sustainable Australia’s catch phrase summarises their approach – Better Not Bigger.
Sustainable Australia is an independent party from the common-sense political centre, with a positive, well thought out plan to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. To meet their aims, they have developed a comprehensive policy platform, including (but NOT limited to) four major policy priorities-
Sustainable Environment and Population
Better Planning to stop Over development
Affordable Housing for first homebuyers and renters
Secure jobs via a more diverse economy
POLICIES - SUMMARY
EXCERPTS- FROM SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA’S WEBSITE
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With a sustainable environment and much more stable population, you can simultaneously achieve affordable housing (due to less buyer demand) and better planning (to stop over-development)
Tax reform (end CGT/NG concessions); Stop foreign purchases; Lower immigration; Increase investment in public housing; Better bank lending practices; Greater renters’ rights; & more.
Better invest in education and skills training for local workers; Re-allocate our scarce economic capital (back into our factories, farms and small businesses, to re-diversify our economy); A simpler, fairer tax system; Re-invest in the regions; Fair trade with a level playing field; Australian ownership and management of utilities, land and resources; & more.
Give real power to local communities in planning decisions; Increased developer charges for land value (rezoning) gains; Better public transport; Preserve or plant corridors of biodiversity; Prioritise ecological design in housing.
Transition to renewable energy; Moratorium on all fracking; Better manage our water security; Increase conservation management funding and employment; Enhance biodiversity and native species programs; Protect animal habitats from housing and farming land clearing; End old growth forest logging; Minimise factory farming; Reduce waste production; Slow population growth (so all of the above isn't undermined.
Stop undemocratic privatisation of natural monopolies.
Greater employment opportunities and cultural recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Save our backyards from developers.
No new casinos without clear public approval.
Establish major community product repair and recycle centres.
Prioritise public transport funding over new tollways.
Higher animal welfare standards.
More investment in The Arts.
Review and renegotiate all trade agreements.
Stop foreign ownership of land, water and all-natural resources.
Establish an independent Federal commission against corruption.
Require more timely disclosure of political donations.
Lower immigration from its record level (over 200,000 p.a.) back to the long-term average of 70,000 p.a.
Tackle global population growth through increased foreign aid for female education and universal access to contraception.
Enable citizen- initiated referenda or plebiscites to give the people a proper say on important issues like euthanasia, immigration, republic, casinos.etc.
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MY PERSONAL RATINGS FOR SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA- 5/5
VERDICT- If they stand a candidate in my region they have my vote. Hard to see how any sane person could argue against these policies
DON’T LIKE- Greater renters’ rights (Having owned a rental property and run an Owners Corporation of 65 Units; this would put me off ever having a rental property again so IMO this policy is counter-productive).
WOULD LIKE TO SEE- More law and order policies dealing with- Ice epidemic, gang violence, repeat offenders, soft sentencing, focus on victims not perpetrators. However, these issues are largely in the hands of State Goverments.
BRANCHES– NSW , ACT, NT, WA, SA, VIC, TAS, QLD
WHO ARE THE FACES OF THE PARTY? - MP - Clifford Hayes - Member of the Legislative Council (Southern Metropolitan Region), Victorian State Parliament. Lynnette Saloumi - Councillor, City of Monash. William Bourke, President and Treasurer. John Haydon, Vice President. Mark Ferris, Secretary. Susan Bowes, Committee Member.
Dick Smith endorses Sustainable Australia
RED FLAGS - 0 that I am aware of
The opinions expressed on this website are personal opinions only, the writer has no political qualifications but is a registered voter. This page is not authorised or endorsed by the Sustainable Australia Party
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