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We need to strengthen our democracy so it works to protect our environment.

Something about the beautiful nature and wildlife we have. 

Our democratic system is failing to protect the environment from crises like climate change, biodiversity loss and habitat destruction. 

We spoke to stakeholders from across Australia to understand their vision for an ideal democracy and why the system isn’t working. From this, we have landed on ten principles for a healthy democracy

No matter who we spoke to, one issue in our democracy came up time and again:   

Political capture of decision-makers by special interests such as big business and industry lobbies is all too common – and worse, within the rules.

Some useful reading:

How to build a healthy democracy

Photo: James Thomas

We can fix our democracy

Governments are not regulating political donations effectively, enabling powerful interest groups, such as the mining lobby, to distort policy outcomes and buy influence. 

We need a political system which is transparent, accountable, and free of corruption. Open, accountable governments are a vital part of the solution to the problems we are trying to solve. 

Our vision for Australia’s democracy is one in which the welfare of all life in Australia is at the heart of every decision. Where dollars don’t determine public policy – people do. 

How to make it happen

Our democracy needs to be clean, fair, active and meaningful. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Strengthened political donations and expenditure regulation. We need meaningful transparency measures and caps on donations to political parties, as well as expenditure caps to ensure corporations can’t use their oversized wallets to drown out the voices of the millions. 
    • Lobbying regulation that will allow Australians to know who is meeting our politicians and why, and that establish a code of conduct for lobbyists and politicians alike. 

 

  • A strong federal integrity commission that is sufficiently empowered to investigate allegations of corruption and uncover deep networks of undue influence in federal politics. 
  • A strong civil society to advocate for people and planet. The role of civil society to advocate for the changes we need must be respected and protected. 

 

 

A healthy planet needs a healthy democracy where we all have meaningful participation.

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Join student climate strikers at a rally near you on Friday 20 September!

News | 21 August 19

Queenslanders! Email Labor's key decision makers to take action on climate

Activate Training Brisbane

Event
Saturday, 24 August
08:45AM
United Voice Meeting Rooms, South Brisbane