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  • Getting Ready for Peak Oil

    Getting Ready for Peak Oil

    A society where the average family can no longer afford to run a car except on special occasions? An economy where we queue to purchase some of the goods we currently buy without restriction? With the consequences of 'peak oil' - and no government plans for a response - such scenarios could be a mere ten years away... Read more.

  • Towards a Sustainable Population

    Towards a Sustainable Population

    We can meet our international obligations and move towards achieving environmentally sustainable population levels by substantially reducing the numbers entering Australia through our business migration scheme and doubling the numbers in our humanitarian intake ... Read more.

  • Compassion for Asylum Seekers

    Compassion for Asylum Seekers

    We support a non-discriminatory immigration program that gives priority to refugees and family reunion applicants. We oppose mandatory detention and all legislation to repel asylum seekers on the high seas. Australia has a moral responsibility and a duty under international law, to provide haven for refugees and not send people ... Read more.

  • Sustainable Energy

    Sustainable Energy

    A substantial, progressive reduction to well below current levels in fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and across all sectors. The strategic removal of direct and indirect public subsidies to unsustainable and dirty energy production and supply... Read more.

  • Aboriginal Equality - Now

    Aboriginal Equality - Now

    The Howard Government's NT Intervention, expanded by Labor, has been a predictable failure. Child malnutrition rates are up, as are alcohol, substance abuse and drug related incidents. Domestic violence, assault reportage and convictions and reports of child abuse, attempted suicide and self harm have all increased. Read our action plan.

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Leave the Majors Blank

29 June, 2016

The Coalition Government and Labor cannot be trusted with absolute power.

Instead of voting for the major parties, send them a message and support minor and micro parties at this election.

Here are just a few of the nasties that the Coalition Government tried to or did bring in after breaking promises after the last election:

* Cuts to funding for the ABC and SBS
* Deregulate university fees
* No dole for up to 6 months for under 30's
* Medicare co-payments
* Allow Financial Planners to give advice to their customers that is not in the customers best interest. (To the advantage of the big banks.)

All of these, and more, were blocked by the Senate cross-benchers.

Do you TRUST Bill Shorten, or Malcolm Turnbull with absolute power? That is what will happen if either wins a majority of the Senate.

In this Federal Election, you can vote for as many, or as few, of the Senate candidates as you want.

You control all of YOUR preferences. When you fill in the Senate ballot (white ballot paper), ensure the cross-benchers are there to protect us all.

Number the boxes for the micro parties of your choice and leave the majors blank.

When you get to Liberal/National Coalition and when you get to Labor/Greens coalition, leave those squares blank.

VICTORIAN VOTERS: This Saturday, you can vote for Australian Democrats senate candidates David Collyer and Wanda Mitchell-Cook.

For information on voting and Senate voting changes, see the Australian Electoral Commission website: http://aec.gov.au/Voting/How_to_vote/Voting_Senate.htm

For a list of candidates see:http://www.aec.gov.au/election/candidates.htm

For commentary about the Senate, small and micro parties, see: https://catespeaks.wordpress.com


Australian Democrats go 'White Label'

10 June, 2016

The Australian Democrats today drew second or Group B on the Senate ballot paper for Victoria.

"We are contesting this election as a 'White Label' team," lead candidate David Collyer said. "We were refused party status under stupid new electoral laws introduced to direct voters toward the major parties.

"We reject this suppression of democracy. We are standing!

"If poor electoral law obliges us to be known as 'Group B' then so be it."

Group B will appear without a party logo or the party name on the ballot paper. It is the only Group like this on the Senate ballot paper for Victoria... Read more.


Universal Education Must Come First, Say the Australian Democrats

26 May, 2016

In the froth and noise of the election campaign, voters are being asked to divide on many issues. One matter stands above all others: the education of our children.

"Australia's first obligation is to fund the government school system," Australian Democrats Victorian Senate candidate David Collyer said today.

"A quality, universal education for all children, whatever their family circumstances, is an intergenerational obligation we must meet. We know from the Gonski Review exactly what is needed and the Australian Democrats stand committed to honoring that goal ..." Read more.


Australian Democrats Announce Victorian Senate Team

23 May, 2016

David Collyer Wanda Mitchell-Cook

David Collyer and Wanda Mitchell-Cook will lead the Australian Democrats Victorian Senate team to the July 2 federal election. "The Democrats stand for sound economics, social inclusion and environmental protection", David said. "These solid principles belong to all Australians, not to the left or the right."

"We are thrilled to be chosen to head up the Democrats Victorian campaign. The double dissolution of federal parliament spilling all Senate positions gives the Australian Democrats the chance to pick up the task of reviewing legislation and government action for the common good..." Read more.


Anniversary of founding of the Australian Democrats

Monday, May 9, 2016

Today marks 39 years since the formation of the Australian Democrats as a political party in Melbourne in 1977. The vision and action of Don Chipp MHR, to leave the government and set up an independent party, based on its membership having the say, and a fairness test for all legislation, lives on today.

Don Chipp and supporters began the party at the Melbourne Town Hall, and its branches were created at a second packed meeting at the Caulfield (now GlenEira) Town Hall days later. He was shortly afterwards elected to the Senate. Like-minded political groups across Australia were encouraged by him to join in. Don’s slogan “Keep the bastards honest” has served the party well and is just as relevant today... Read more.


Greg Raines elected as new State President

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Greg Raines, Australian Democrats Victorian President

The Victorian Division of the Australian Democrats have chosen former Party Secretary, Greg Raines as their new President. Nominations for executive positions were announced at the AGM held late last year. A ratification ballot has since been conducted following that occasion, in accordance with the party’s democratic practices.

Mr Raines said that he looks forward to leading the party into this Federal election year. “We still remain the only party who genuinely care about people, the protection of our natural environment, and sound economic policy..." Read more.


We Support Asylum Seeker Mohammad Albederee

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohammad Albederee is an Iraqi asylum seeker on hunger strike on Manus Island. His health is declining rapidly and he needs urgent medical treatment in Australia.

Please visit the links below to show Mohammad and his family in Iraq that Australians care about him and are fighting for him.

Save Mohammad Albederee

https://www.facebook.com/Jeanie-Walker-President-Australian-Democrats-SA-765571223496666/

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Mohammad-Albederee-377552889121059/

https://jeaniemwalker.wordpress.com/


Victoria needs a manufacturing renaissance, or faces failure, say the Australian Democrats

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"The conditions for an Australian manufacturing renaissance are before us, with a more competitive exchange rate, plentiful labour and high skill levels," Clive Jackson Australian Democrats lead candidate for the Victorian Legislative Council said today.

"I am optimistic, but the matter needs attention. Victoria is crying out for a government with a vision and a plan for manufacturing.

"We have the taste of defeat in our mouths with the imminent loss of car manufacturing..." Read more.


Link and network public transport first, say the Australian Democrats

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Giant promises for major public transport projects are unlikely to be kept by the next government, whether Liberal or Labor. We cannot afford their extravagant promises, given Victoria's financial constraints,” Clive Jackson, Australian Democrats candidate for the Southern Metropolitan Region of the Legislative Council, said today.

“Go back to the drawing board and produce a plan that connects services and communities. We have too many missing links across the metropolitan area that demand attention." Read more.


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Policies of the Australian Democrats.

All official policies of the Australian Democrats are formulated by a process of participatory democracy. Each policy is finally determined by a secret ballot of all members. Read more.


Our Federal Action Plans for 2015


Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy

A substantial, progressive reduction to well below current levels in fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and across all sectors. The strategic removal of direct and indirect public subsidies to unsustainable and dirty energy production and supply... Read more.

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport

Reforming Australia’s transport spending. The Australian Democrats advocate reforming transport spending to reduce use of fossil fuels, decrease pollution and minimise land use while providing fast and efficient transport... Read more.

Population and Immigration

Population and Immigration

A sustainable population for Australia. The Australian democrats policy is to avoid Australia's population getting to an unsustainable level. At the same time we seek to fulfil our international and moral obligations to asylum seekers fleeing persecution elsewhere... Read more.

Progressive, Sustainable Tax Reform

Progressive, Sustainable Tax Reform

Progressive and environmental tax reform. The Australian Democrats advocate shifting taxation from ordinary workers to polluters and commercial land holders. At the same time we seek to simplify taxation by trading the many loopholes and rebates for a lower overall tax rate... Read more.

Protecting our Environment

Protecting our Environment

The Australian Democrats advocate reforming taxation to make the polluters pay and at the same time shifting spending away from fossil fuel subsidies and towards renewable energy. Strong action is also needed to expand environmental protection and cut back on waste... Read more.

Public Education

Public Education

$5 billion per annum extra for public education services funded by taxing exported coal according to its greenhouse impact and reducing excessive funding of wealthy private schools. Provide free and universally available preschool... Read more.

Foreign Aid

Increasing foreign aid to 0.7% of gdp. Australia has failed to meet its un obligations on foreign aid and recently further cut aid in the latest budget. Worse, much of the aid budget is actually used for non-aid purposes such as boosting livestock export and persecuting asylum seekers... Read more.

Raising the bar on Accountability

POLITICAL PARTIES AND DONATIONS: Donations with strings attached and foreign donations banned and full disclosure of third party (clubs, trusts, etc.) donations. A financial cap on all electoral and campaign funding, per political party and per candidate... Read more.

Looking after the welfare of Animals

Animals are sentient beings, deserving of respect and protection from inhumane treatment. They have a worth beyond their usefulness to humans. We should not allow base instincts or material gain to dictate our treatment of them... Read more.

Valuing the Arts

A 'whole of life' approach is crucial to the arts, strengthening artists' legal rights, ensuring they receive royalties for the use of their work over time and broadening funding and employment opportunities. Indigenous art enjoys wide... Read more.

Peace, Security and Defence

Australia must support the United Nations, as the key forum for international cooperation, in its role of promoting peace and security and will be bound by the United Nations charter. The Democrats are committed to Australia acting diplomatically... Read more.

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Welcome to the official national website of the Australian Democrats.

National President, Darren Churchill
National President, Darren Churchill

The Australian Democrats are a small political party, which seeks to bring about a fairer, sustainable Australia by balancing a "Triple Bottom Line" of social justice, the environment and the economy. We are the only political party in which all members have an equal say in determining our policies through policy ballots.

For almost 31 years from 1977 to 2008, we had Democrats Senators in the Australian Parliament and representatives in the South Australian, Tasmanian, NSW, Western Australian and ACT parliaments and often held the balance of power, which one of our best known founders, Don Chipp, referred to as a "balance of reason," using our influence to deliver fair outcomes in legislation. We are working to reclaim that position. Read more.

Australian Democrats National Journal June 2016

Australian Democrats National Journal

June 2016 edition out now. Download (pdf)

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NE Ballot Paper and Instructions

Voting closes on Thursday 30th June 2016 at 10pm CST (members only). Download Ballot Paper (pdf).

Getting Ready for Peak Oil

Getting Ready for Peak Oil

A society where the average family can no longer afford to run a car except on special occasions? An economy where we queue to purchase some of the goods we currently buy without restriction? With the consequences of 'peak oil' - and no government plans for a response - such scenarios could be a mere ten years away ... Read more.

Towards a Sustainable Population

Towards a Sustainable Population

We can meet our international obligations and move towards achieving environmentally sustainable population levels by substantially reducing the numbers entering Australia through our business migration scheme and doubling the numbers in our humanitarian intake ... Read more.

Compassion for refugees

Compassion for Refugees

We support a non-discriminatory immigration program that gives priority to refugees and family reunion applicants. We oppose mandatory detention and all legislation to repel asylum seekers on the high seas. Australia has a moral responsibility and a duty under international law, to provide haven for refugees and not send people ... Read more.

Facing Up To Bullying

Facing Up To Bullying

The Australian Democrats are committed to ensuring fairness, equality and tolerance in our society and so the insidious rise of bullying must come under the microscope. Former Australian Democrats Parliamentary Leader, Lyn Allison, negotiated a National Safe Schools Framework which can in part address the issue ... Read more.

Aboriginal equality - now

Aboriginal equality - now

The Howard Government's NT Intervention, expanded by Labor, has been a predictable failure. Child malnutrition rates are up, as are alcohol, substance abuse and drug related incidents. Domestic violence, assault reportage and convictions and reports of child abuse, attempted suicide and self harm have all increased. Read our action plan.

Do you want a fair go for everyone?

Check our policies

If you believe Australia needs a genuinely independent political force at all levels of government advocating for solutions based on compassion, fairness, justice and equality, join us. You can make a difference.

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Australian Democrats 30 Years Book

30 Years of the Australian Democrats

A fascinating insight into the people, the victories and battles the party faced and the people who fought them. Download here (pdf).

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Authorised by: Darren Churchill, 29 Brunswick Circuit, Kaleen, ACT, 2617.