Voices for our Outer Suburbs: Returning Victoria to the Sensible Centre

VOS Independents | Platform 2022

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12 Point Platform

1. Require Members of Parliament to have worked for a minimum of 10 years in a real job (a job where they are not a political appointee of a party, politician or union) as a condition of eligibility to nominate for election to the Victorian Parliament; limit MPs to 3 terms in office, then back to your day job.
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2. Appoint Ministers from outside Parliament (permitted under the Victorian Constitution for up to 90 days) to clean up and restructure the public service, de-politicise departments and cut waste; after 90 days a permanent Minister may be appointed.
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3. Reduce the number of lower house politicians from 88 to 48; remove public funding for political parties; ban corporate and union donations to parties; remove public funding from industry and provider peak bodies and their advocacy and lobbying arms.
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4. Establish a standing Citizens Jury in the Victorian Electoral Commission, selected by sortition (random selection), to adjudicate on:
 
a. party political government advertising
b. party political appointments to government posts
c. pork-barrelling claims in government spending
d. improper use of electoral allowances;
 

Matters may be referred to the Citizens Jury by either of two methods: referral by either House of the Victorian Parliament, or by petition of a certain number of citizens. Jury decisions are binding on the government of the day.
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5. Introduce a rescue package for small businesses including a freeze on energy price increases for 3 years and a freeze on motor registration price increases for 3 years.
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6. Cap local government rates at $500 pa and require local governments to downsize to operate within this cap; re-orient local government towards a primarily non-service delivery role as an instrument of local voice and community representation.

 
7. Establish a state-wide bushfire prevention plan which reduces fire risk, revives volunteer community fire-fighting, limits residential development in high-risk areas, and finances emergency response and recovery on contributory insurance principles.
 
8. Require energy companies to purchase renewable energy that is generated by households, farmers, and small businesses for grid distribution at a fixed minimum price.
 

9. Allocate funding for schools and child care to parents not institutions to increase the leverage of parents in driving more options and more accountability from providers.
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10. Transfer 40% of hospital and health funding to NDIS-style care packages for consumers with chronic illnesses to prevent hospitalisation.
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11. Ban consulting firms from state contracts for 4 years; ban corporatised NGOs from service delivery contracts; in-source family and community services to families and communities.

 

12. Establish 31 December 2025 as an end-date for indigenous reconciliation, truth-telling and treaty initiatives in Victoria, followed by a settlement date and public holiday for an inaugural Reconciliation Day in 2026; Reconciliation Day would mark the end of changes to place names in Victoria, an end to race-based government programs and entitlements, and an end to the institutional practice of Welcome to Country.

 

Become Involved


We invite Expressions of Interest in participating in this process, as either a Candidate, an Electorate Support Team member, or a State Campaign Committee member.

Further information:

Vern Hughes
0425 722 890
vern@civilsociety.org.au