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Strengthening our democracy: Our impact 2019-20

News | 27 November 20

How to change the story on democracy and inspire people to get involved

Queensland leads the nation with electoral reforms to get big money out of politics

News | 18 June 20

We need to strengthen our democracy so it works to protect the places we love.

Our beautiful wildlife and unique landscapes are loved by everyone — and we must ensure our systems work to protect them for future generations.

But right now, powerful voices like big coal lobbyists are distorting the political process and influencing our government for their own gain.

Together we can make our political system transparent, accountable and free from corruption.

We can fix our democracy

Our vision for Australia’s democracy is one in which the wellbeing of all life is at the heart of every decision. Dollars don’t determine public policy — people do. 

Our 10 principles for a healthy democracy came from extensive research with diverse people around Australia. It is their vision that has informed ours.

Some useful reading:

How to build a healthy democracy
Fossil fuel money is distorting our democracy

How to make it happen

Our democracy needs to be clean, fair, active and meaningful. Here’s where we start:

  • Strengthen political donations and spending regulation. We need meaningful transparency and limits on donations to political parties, as well as spending limits to ensure corporations can’t use their oversized wallets to drown out our voices.
  • Transparency around lobbying so we know who is meeting our politicians and why.
  • A federal integrity commission that has the power to investigate allegations of corruption and uncover deep networks of influence in politics.
  • A strong civil society to advocate for people and planet. Our right to advocate for the changes we need must be respected and protected.

A healthy democracy works for our people and our planet.

You can be part of this

Read the latest news, and find the actions you can take so our democracy works for the people.

Strengthening our democracy: Our impact 2019-20

News | 27 November 20

How to change the story on democracy and inspire people to get involved

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Submission to the inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

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Submission on Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Queensland leads the nation with electoral reforms to get big money out of politics

News | 18 June 20

Why democracy must start with us

News | 03 June 20

More than doubled: Fossil fuel industry donations to Australian political parties on the rise

News | 12 February 20
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Fossil fuel money distorting democracy

One degree doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a world of difference

News | 07 February 20

Sign the open letter: Get big money out of politics!

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