Our Rights

We must achieve gender equality, marriage equality and extensive LGBTI rights quickly. We must fundamentally reduce sexism in Australian society. We must stand up for Australians with a disability. We must end violence against women (indeed anyone), and continue to evolve relevant state and federal legislation. We must continue to evaluate the procedural aspects of our justice system to better protect a range of victims, including those who have been victims of domestic violence.

We must stop the cuts to indigenous programs and continue to Close the Gap. We must maintain Indigenous Students Supplementary Assistance programs; the education sector is a crucial area in achieving holistic change. We must continue to fund Indigenous ranger programmes. We must properly address and end the national disgrace that is the racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

We must put more money towards restorative justice programs. As put forward by the Law Council of Australia, we must establish ‘justice targets’ under the Closing the Gap Framework ‘to reduce rates of Indigenous imprisonment and violent offending. We should establish a national agency to collect and evaluate comprehensive data ‘to inform government policies around crime and imprisonment’. We should ‘repeal or amend all laws which provide for a penalty of imprisonment for offences arising from a fine-default and abolish mandatory sentencing laws’. When it comes to sentencing arrangements, we should introduce “Gladue-style Reports”.

The creation of a treaty is fundamental to genuine progress.

We must encourage ‘citizen candidates’ in our ‘active democracy’. We should embrace the potential of direct democracy like countries such as New Zealand when considering a range of issues of national importance. We need credible protection for whistleblowers. We need to embrace the ‘sharing economy’ in a more genuine way. We must recognise the ‘cumulative danger’ of lockout laws being introduced in Australia.

As the Australian Government looks to justify a significant ambit of its decisions as ‘administrative decisions’ and/or ‘operational decisions outside the concern’ of the Australian public’, a deeper evaluation of this needs to be had in Parliament. As part of this, we must guard against Australia becoming a police state. Fundamentally, we must revisit the Bill of Rights debate.

We must achieve a deeper exploration of animal rights in Australia and enact progressive legislation. We must transition away from live export and bring an end to factory farming. We must bring an end to animal cruelty in general. Australians who stand up for justice in such areas must also be given adequate protection.