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 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). This will result in greater risks for those looking to buy properties to rent and less rental stock availability..
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
A personal take on:
HISTORIC - AUSTRALIA SUPPLIED URANIUM TO RUSSIA -
WE NEED THE SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA PARTY
"MPs called into question whether Russia could be trusted to use uranium only for peaceful purposes like power generation.
Former federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, who chaired this committee, said Russia's ambassador to Australia at the time Alexander Blokhin remonstrated to him at Parliament House in Canberra after he doubted his country's trustworthiness on nuclear weapons.
'I was certainly concerned about whether the Russian government could be relied on to be a genuine partner in future and what leverage, what recourse we would have if we supplied the uranium to them and they then turned around and used it for purposes that were in breach of the agreement.'
Nonetheless, Australia and Russia in November 2010 signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with then prime minister Julia Gillard and stop-gap president Dmitry Medvedev witnessing the deal in Seoul.
Mr Thomson, who quit the Labor Party in 2019 to join the Sustainable Australia Party, said he had concerns about his then boss Ms Gillard pursuing that policy during an era where free trade concerns came before international security.
'I would have preferred that we hadn't signed off on that and entered into that agreement,' he said.
Former prime minister John Howard, signing the new treaty with then President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Sydney, had said “stringent” controls would ensure uranium was not used in nuclear weapons.
But lawmakers considering whether the treaty should enter into force said on Monday that now Prime Minister Putin was unlikely to abide by the terms of a treaty and safeguards for the use of Australian uranium in Russia’s civilian nuclear industry.
The Labor government is refusing to sell nuclear fuel to India because it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty. Australia is one of 35 International Atomic Energy Agency board members and already sells uranium to 36 nations.
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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