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Australian politics is broken, torn between left and right, progressives and conservatives, career politicians and populists. Nothing is being fixed. We have gridlock in government, distrust of our institutions, paralysis in public debate, and widespread frustration amongst ordinary people.

The credibility of all our political parties – major and minor – has collapsed.

The 80% of us in the sensible centre of Australian life can no longer sit by and watch the mess. We have to find a way to reclaim our democracy and take charge of our country’s affairs.

The Sensible Centre is a political movement that brings together Australians across the traditional political spectrum. We think both right and left have failed to empower ordinary citizens and instead created a political and managerial class that puts its own interests before the community and national interest.

In the aftermath of the federal election, we are bringing individuals and parties together in a consolidated political force to represent the sensible centre.

We have a Ten-Point Platform:

  • Bring back common sense and end the culture wars
  • Remove career politicians from Canberra and return to citizen self-government
  • Revive civil society and wind back the managerial class so we can rebuild the Australian tradition of self-help and CAN-DO community
  • Break-up anti-competitive cartels in Big Business – the Big Four banks, the Big Three utilities, the Big Two retailers and One Big Telco
  • End the civil war over climate change by introducing a revenue-neutral carbon tax and abolishing all industry subsidies
  • Place a moratorium on immigration until social integration, infrastructure and services catch up with our population
  • Personalise social services and individualise their funding so they serve consumers not providers
  • Balance the federal budget and reduce debt by ending corporate and middle-class welfare
  • Limit CEO salaries in companies subject to federal licencing (banks, finance, AusPost) with a cap at 44 times the company’s lowest wage\
  • Chart an independent course for Australia in security and world affairs without deference to either China or America

We don’t expect everyone to agree with every single point here. But this Platform points to a direction for Australia that is very different from the direction that the Labor and Coalition parties will take us. And it is direction around which we believe most Australians can come together.

We uphold the right of every elected representative in parliament to act in accordance with the views in their electorate, and to act in accordance with their own conscience, even if this conflicts from time to time with this Platform.

We invite your participation in a movement of ordinary people to reclaim our country. Join up today. There is no cost.

Members of  The Sensible Centre may be people who have never been involved in politics before, as well as seasoned campaigners.

We do not want to create another minor party in Australian politics with either a single issue focus or a fringe ideological obsession. We have lots of those already. Rather, we want to form a mainstream movement of ordinary people to participate in all forms of our democracy, at federal, state and local levels.

Members come together in each federal electorate (there are 150 across Australia) in a Federal Electorate Assembly to:

  • organise initiatives as they see fit (discussions, policy forums, self-education);
  • support a candidate in their federal, state or local electorate.

Members also come together by industry and interest in Divisions and Working Commissions.

Divisions are formed by sections of society have a long history of exclusion from public affairs and an urgent need for a national political voice (NDIS and Mental Health; Children and Families; Regional and Rural). They operate as a voice within The Sensible Centre, adopting policy, organising campaigns and selecting representatives for public office.

Working Commissions are formed by members based on particular areas of policy and industry interest such as, banking, energy, superannuation, and employment services. We aim to develop political strategies and market-based initiatives in these areas to wind-back the power and patronage of the political and managerial class and empower citizens.

The Sensible Centre is an initiative of Civil Society Australia, a peak body of community groups and social initiatives independent of government and the commercial world.

There is no time to waste. Join up today – this is urgent!

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