Core Beliefs

The Australian Democrats want an honest, tolerant and compassionate Australia. Our core beliefs underpin everything we stand for. They determine our every action, objective and policy. They emphasise how the Australian Democrats believe government should operate in a free and democratic Australia and how we will vote in parliament.

We should all be free to live our lives how we want to.

  • Freedom is about choice.
  • The unjust actions of one should never infringe upon the freedom of another.
  • We support the dismantling of unjustified restrictions upon the freedom of Australians.
  • Everyone is entitled to be able to make an informed decision, with access to all relevant options and information.
  • We stand for balancing competing freedoms and assuring the existence of a distinct private sphere of personal affairs free from interference by government

Every Australian should have equal rights and opportunities.

  • Equality should be a fundamental right.
  • All Australians should have equal access to quality education, health and legal services
  • Our schools, workplaces and communities should be free from discrimination.
  • We should, as individuals and together with our community, support all Australians in their quest for equal rights and opportunities.
  • Everyone should have equal access to a support network which provides dignity and security in tough times.

We should care for the world around us to sustain our resources, our economy and the well-being of future generations.

  • We have the responsibility to ensure our natural environment is restored and maintained for the health of our world and future generations.
  • The Australian Democrats do not view the environment and the rest of our world as separate entities.
  • The human impact on both built and natural environments should be factored into government planning, including immigration.
  • The Democrats support triple bottom line accounting, where the social and environmental impacts are costed and reported into the national accounts – not just the financial.

Our representatives should put the interests of people first, weighing all perspectives to develop fair, inclusive and lasting solutions.

  • Members of Parliament are elected to represent you, your opinions, your voice, your community.
  • We have enshrined within our constitution the right to a conscience vote on every issue.
  • The Australian Democrats work with all sides of politics to achieve fair and inclusive long-term outcomes.
  • The Australian Democrats will only work to improve the state of the nation. We will not aim to score political points through grandstanding.

We must take responsibility, individually and collectively, for our nation and its people.

  • We owe it to each other and our nation to participate, to contribute and to invest in our future.
  • The Australian Democrats asks all Australians to recognise that, in order to ensure the improved and ongoing health of our society, our environment and our economy, everyone must do their part.
  • We can help in little ways, by recycling, donating to charity or being friendly and helpful in our everyday lives.
  • We can help in larger ways, by volunteering for charitable or environmental groups or ensuring our businesses operate with the principles of the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).
  • Together, we can implement legislation to improve the likelihood of future prosperity.


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  • commented 2014-08-25 15:03:49 +1000
    Are these core values still on the mark. I would like to see them included in a strategic plan for the coming elections. In this plan we should write the KRI’s (outputs and outcomes) that will indicate we are on track for a successful return to the political landscape of Australia.
  • commented 2013-08-26 00:14:05 +1000
    It’s always interesting when people use the word “politically correct” along with the term “offend no-body”. I must say, if politically correct means the absence of racial vilification, homophobia, misogeny, discrimination and generally uncivilised behaviour – then I guess that makes me politically correct. Saying Fred Nile has firm beliefs is like saying Stalin had a good social program. I have personally heard Fred Nile deny certain aspects if the holocaust when he opposed anti-genocide legislation being applied to homosexuals. God preserve this nation from the the “firm beliefs” and politically incorrectness of Fred Nile. The Democrats are proud to stand for honesty, tolerance and compassion and have done for more that 30 years; values which are often proposed by persons claiming to be Christians.
  • commented 2013-08-25 21:19:07 +1000
    The Australian Democrats Core Beliefs remind me of an old song: ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. They are so politically correct they convey very little. By contrast, at least Fred Nile has firm beliefs and is not ashamed to make these public. What is this nation coming to? Are we becoming so wishy washy that the only agendas that are deemed acceptable are those which offend nobody?
  • commented 2013-07-31 21:52:47 +1000
    LOL I don’t know why Bridget but I though you directed those questions at me. My bad! lol
  • commented 2013-07-31 21:32:09 +1000
    As far as Gay Marriage goes I think everyone should have the same rights no matter whom they love. Interesting Questions anyway, I don’t feel there should be Chaplains in public schools, this is far to diverse of population and to be Government funded? No don’t think it’s right. The process of them receiving the money isn’t appropriate.
  • commented 2013-07-31 19:23:33 +1000
    I’m curios about your views on the school chaplaincy program and also gay marriage?
  • commented 2013-07-02 17:37:50 +1000
    Thoughts on the NBS? it’s a pretty important issue to me. Also like to know the parties feelings on Gay Marriage,
  • commented 2013-04-11 16:08:22 +1000
    Need to highlight these beliefs so that they can be reached from the front of the website
  • commented 2013-04-07 15:39:11 +1000
    These core beliefs are the most progressive and sensible of any political party I have seen.