The state election on 24 November 2018 is an opportunity for citizens in Victoria to win the balance of power in parliament and introduce a new style of politics and government.
We want a broad mainstream movement of citizens to reclaim state government and re-order its priorities. By winning the balance of power in the new parliament, citizens can create a new culture of governing in Victoria that is citizen-centric and serves the public not sectional interests.
Our Platform consists of twelve areas in which we want to create a citizen-centric culture of governing. These are outlined below. You can read the full version here. It is accompanied by a statement of principles of government and public policy.
We want to hear from people considering standing as candidates in the Victorian election. Express your interest here.
1 Victorian politics needs a thorough clean up
2 Melbourne’s population growth is out of control
3 Service delivery is riddled with excessive bureaucracy
4 Taxpayers are subsidising the private sector via Major Projects and PPPs
5 Transport infrastructure and services are in crisis
6 Public education is stuck in a one-size-fits-all model
7 There is a jobs crisis in many communities
8 The cost of housing is beyond the reach of ordinary people
9 The Department of Health & Human Services is a bureaucratic nightmare
10 Planning has been taken away from communities and favours developers
11 Action on the environment is too politicised and bureaucratic
12 The justice and corrections systems no longer hold public confidence
State government and public policy in Victoria should be built around:
|Person-centred arrangements (services and institutions should be tailored to meet the personalized needs of each unique individual – the ‘one size fits all’ model belongs in the past, in practice not just in rhetoric)|
|Empowerment of individuals and families (transferring resources and power to individuals and families, enabling them to grow in capacity and confidence, not isolation and powerlessness)|
|Choice (individualised funding arrangements should become the norm throughout social and community services so that people can build the lives they want)|
|Subsidiarity (devolution of authority to the lowest level of practical decision-making)|
|Dispersal of ownership (the widest possible distribution of economic ownership amongst individuals, families and communities)|
|Inclusion of people across racial, cultural, religious and ability boundaries (ethnic, cultural and disability-based separatism should be discouraged)|
|Openness and transparency in public institutions (full and open disclosure of all financial and contractual arrangements involving public money)|
|Environmental sustainability (initiatives and programs of government should aim to enhance – or at least not harm – environmental sustainability)|
|Protection of civil society (initiatives and programs of government should strengthen – or at least not harm – relationships and institutions in civil society)|