A roadmap for
peaceful revolution

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Choose up to four interventions you want our next parliament to focus on.

Make your voice heard  
– ensure the focus for the next Australian parliament is what the Australian public wants.

Select up to four options that you believe are the most crucial for Australia now and for our collective best interests into the future.

The Pledge understands that all of these interventions are important, but we are looking to find a starting point for the next term of government. 

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What is The Pledge?

The Pledge is a multi-phased yet basic approach to changing the playing field for the next Australian Federal election.

STEP 1: MAKING THE PLEDGE

The Pledge begins with a crowd sourced set of positions that constituents identify as the critical commitments they expect of candidates regardless of party affiliation, policy positions or candidate personality.

The Pledge focuses on systemic improvements rather than policies. It is neither left nor right. It is designed to strengthen the quality of our democracy and looks to give all candidates; left, right, centrist, party backed or independent an equal opportunity to understand and then commit to the direction of the community.

STEP 2: TAKING THE PLEDGE

After the community has created the final and official Pledge, our team will approach every identified candidate for the Federal election and offer them an opportunity to sign the peoples’ Pledge.

Each candidate will receive information about how The Pledge was created, what the people decided and how we will register their commitment (or otherwise).

STEP 3: PROMOTING THE PLEDGE

Every Candidate will appear on The Pledge website as either having taken The Pledge or not. They will be searchable by their electorate and name.

The Pledge intends to run a major advertising campaign across the country to let people know that they can visit the website to see which candidates in their electorate have taken The Pledge and committed to listening to the people.

democracy is not left nor right. it is not blue, red or green. democracy is not old or young. democracy is neither rich nor poor. it is not urban nor rural. democracy is not white, black or brown. democracy is not gay nor straight. it is not male, female or trans.

democracy is all of those things and more. it is for everyone, equally, all the time…
 
and it is for this reason that it must be cherished and protected.

The Pledge

Topic Details

  • ICAC – powerful judicially appointed federal ICAC.
  • MEDIA REFORM – amend the media ownership laws to limit concentration of media control (Australia has the most concentrated media ownership in the western democratic world).
  • POLITICAL DONATION REFORM – limit or end political donation from vested interests, corporations, think tanks, NGOs, unions and make all political donations require real time live reporting.
  • TRUTH IN MEDIA – similar to those in New Zealand and Canada. Make sure the media must report the truth.
  • CLIMATE EMERGENCY – declare a climate emergency & end all publicly funded subsidies for fossil fuel companies and projects.
  • LOWER VOTING AGE – lower voting age for federal elections to 16.
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EMERGENCY – declare a domestic violence emergency & dramatically increase investment and focus onto the crisis.
  • AMEND ELECTION LAWS – amend election laws to even the playing field for Independents and minor parties. End the two party stranglehold on our parliament.
  • INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION – constitutional recognition for Indigenous Community and increase investment to close the gap (guided by Indigenous leadership).
  • END TAX EXEMPT STATUS – end charity and tax exempt status for political organisations, lobby groups, churches and any organisation impacting policy.
  • BILL OF RIGHTS – create a comprehensive Australian Bill of Rights (Australia is the only Western Democracy without one).
  • POLITICIAN PAY– end politician pension program and tie political salaries and total benefits as a fixed multiple of the minimum wage.

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