- Green politics
- Social progressivism
Political position Left-wing
4 Key Principles
The Australian Greens are a political party based on four key principles: ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and peace and non-violence.
We have the courage to put people and our future first. That means that along with meaningful and smart solutions to ensure future generations of Australians have clean air, clean water and clean soil, the Greens are also working in many other areas to champion integrity, decency and fairness.
As well as representing constituents, the Greens speak on behalf of those who wouldn’t otherwise get much of a say inside parliament: children, refugees, students, individuals and families living in poverty and, of course, our natural environment.
Good economic management means taking care of our earth — not treating our most precious resources like a giant business in liquidation: ‘everything must go!’. The levels of pollution in our atmosphere mean that business-as-usual will no longer work if we want to avoid dangerous climate change. The future for Australia can still be a prosperous one if we build our economy on green principles rather than short-term self-interest.
Grassroots participatory democracy
Real progress comes when enough people believe it is possible to make a difference and decide to do something about it. All Greens members and supporters are driven by the desire to work towards a better Australia. In contrast to the two old parties, which are run by executives in head office, the Greens involve members in key decisions and our campaigns are powered by thousands of ordinary people volunteering their time, skills and support.
Many of the social problems we have today — crime, discrimination, disease, poverty — could be dramatically improved if we focus on eliminating extreme inequality in Australia and across the world. The Greens believe that it should be the priority of all governments to alleviate poverty and to extend opportunity to all members of society.
Peace and non-violence
Australia’s foreign policy should be based on dialogue, diplomacy and cooperation, not aggression. Trying to prevent or counter violence with violence itself will not work. The Greens are committed to peaceful and non-violent solutions locally, nationally and internationally.
The Greens are committed to renewing our economy from one that relies on the declining industries of the past to one that provides the jobs and opportunities of the future.
The world has embraced clean energy. It’s time for Australia to catch up and transition to a 21st century clean energy powered future.The Greens have a plan to seize the opportunities clean energy offers us.
A better way
The Greens believe that we should treat people seeking asylum the way we would want to be treated. We need to create a safer way for people seeking safety.
General Principles of The Greens
Reflecting an awareness of the interrelatedness of all ecological, social and economic processes the general principles of The Greens are:
- To ensure that human activity respects the integrity of ecosystems and does not impair biodiversity and ecological resilience of life-supporting systems.
- To encourage the development of a consciousness that respects the value of all life.
- To increase opportunities for public participation in political, social and economic decision making.
- To break down inequalities of wealth and power which inhibit participatory democracy.
- To eradicate poverty by developing initiatives that address the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty.
- To provide affirmative action to eliminate discrimination based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, sexuality, or membership of a minority group.
- To introduce measures that redress the imbalance of wealth between rich and poor.
- To adopt and promote the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
- To develop an independent, nonaligned foreign policy and a non-nuclear, defensive, self-reliant defence policy.
An ecologically sustainable economy
- To develop economic policies that will ensure greater resource and energy efficiency and development and use of environmentally sustainable technologies.
- To reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and ensure sustainable use of renewable resources.
- To adopt more comprehensive social, environmental and technology assessment practices.
- To facilitate socially and ecologically responsible investment.
- To encourage, develop and assist work that is safe, fairly paid, socially useful, personally fulfilling and not harmful to the environment.
- To encourage and facilitate more flexible work arrangements (such as job sharing, part-time work, self-employment), on-going education, training and social welfare (including child-care) so that more people can engage in meaningful work.
- To respect and protect ethnic, religious, racial diversity.
- To recognise the cultural requirements of the original Australians and to assist in ensuring the achievement of Aboriginal land rights and self- determination.
- To facilitate a free flow of information between citizens and all tiers of government.
- To ensure that Australians have the benefit of a locally responsible, diverse, democratically controlled and independent mass media.
To promote equity between nations and peoples by:
- facilitating fair trading relationships.
- providing for increased development assistance and concerted international action to abolish Third World Debt.
- providing increased green technology transfer and skills to developing countries
opposing human rights abuses and political oppression.
- ensuring that Australia plays an active role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability.
Long-term future focus
- To avoid action which might risk long-term or irreversible damage to the environment.
- To safeguard the planet’s ecological resources and values on behalf of future generations.