Principles

The Australian Democrats values and beliefs are structured by a framework of principles created and supported by the general membership of the party. Focusing on our belief in a freer and fairer Australia, these party objectives are listed below:


 1. To be beholden to no group or groups in the community but to serve the best interests of all Australians.

2. To accept the challenges of the predicament of humanity on the planet with its exponentially increasing population, disappearing finite resources and accelerating deterioration of the environment.

3. To recognise the interdependence of all people and all nations, to co-operate fully with the United Nations, and to accept our obligation to the developing countries by co-operating with them in their social and economic development.

4. To seek the transition to a sustainable economy, in equilibrium with world resources and eco-systems, with a minimum of dislocation by planning the necessary changes in good time, and by increasing public awareness of problems ahead.

5. To be even-handed to employee and employer, and reconcile their real interests by encouraging industrial democracy and other appropriate forms of co-operation.

6. To foster greater mutual understanding as well as greater equality in income per hour of work, between city and country dwellers.

7. To stimulate the development of a multi-faceted national culture, with full opportunity for all ethnic groups to contribute.

8. To further unite the people of Australia by co-operative, indicative national planning, taking into account social, economic and environmental objectives.

9. To seek improvement in the quality of human relationships in all aspects of society and the economy, through honesty, tolerance, compassion and a sense of mutual obligation.

10. To decentralise power, to oppose its concentration in the hands of sectional groups, and to ensure that the power of large groups or of bureaucracies is not allowed to override the interests of individuals or of smaller groups.

11. To achieve and defend effective participatory democracy and open government by appropriate constitutional, parliamentary and government reforms.

12. By supporting existing rural and provincial industries and in other ways, to stem, and finally reverse, the flow of population to the cities.

13. To emphasise prevention rather than cure in social and health services.

14. To foster community activities and the growth of community spirit, bringing government and health and social services closer to the people.

15. To enable people to pursue their own way of life so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.

16. To provide throughout life an education for living as well as for earning a living.

17. To ensure ready access to the media for public communication.

18. To ensure that the basic needs of all people are securely met, and to distribute income, wealth, social services and opportunity more equitably without undermining either incentive or self-respect.

19. To encourage individual initiative and enterprise and to recognise the need for self-fulfilment.

20. To protect animals from cruelty and exploitation.

21. To recognise the rights of all people to self-determination.

22. To ensure the maintenance of biodiversity, to protect threatened species and to provide for better habitat protection.

23. To seek the election to Parliament of members committed to the objectives of the Party, in such numbers as to win Government.


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  • commented 2014-03-31 15:44:13 +1100
    i second Rnldo Vllvr’s comment. you ask the prospective members to be “bound” by the constitution, yet do not publish the constitution on the website that offers membership. i would like to be a member, and surely every member is important in the current situation, yet without knowing how i am “bound” i cannot conscionably join. i even have $33 this week ;)
  • commented 2013-07-10 09:31:34 +1000
    Dear Andrew, as you will know from your membership of the Australian Greens, preference negotiations are part science and part art form with all parties endeavouring to obtain the best deal to get their candidate elected. Given the complexity of the Senate election rules – every party receives a vote from another party until the quota for election is achieved (depending on the registered preference tickets). The Democrats preference like minded parties first ahead of the majors and then all others behind the Liberal and Labor party. Given that marriage equality is one policy area shared amongst other progressive parties, you can be confident that marriage equality will be a major consideration in all preference negotiations. I am sure you will appreciate that giving an undertaking on the Internet while preference negotiations are underway, would be disrespectful to the other political parties we are corresponding with. As a Green, I anticipate you will be voting for the Greens first. We would however be delighted to receive your second preference vote whether you vote above or below the line. Thanks for getting in touch. Kind regards John Davey.
  • commented 2013-07-10 09:02:33 +1000
    I am wondering if this election will see the Democrats in the ACT preference against Marriage Equality candidates like they did in 2010? Democrat preferences helped to elect Senator Humphries (Liberal) who proceeded to vote against Marriage Equality initiatives in the Senate at least twice. Can you reassure me that this will not happen again?
  • @AusDemocrats tweeted this page. 2013-05-18 01:02:13 +1000
    The Australian Democrats Principles come from the only centrist party in this election. http://www.australiandemocrats.org.au/principles?recruiter_id=40
  • Australian Democrats posted about Principles on Australian Democrats' Facebook page 2013-05-18 01:02:13 +1000
    The Australian Democrats Principles come from the only centrist party in this election.
  • commented 2013-04-11 12:39:35 +1000
    Please publish the Constitution and ByLaws of Australian Democrats. Likewise the CBL of every division of AD. Thank you.