The Greens is a political party based on the four key principles: ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and peace and non-violence.
We are a grassroots movement of people with shared values, working together to create a fairer, more peaceful and sustainable society.
We are committed to working both inside and outside parliament to create an ecologically and economically sustainable future, that provides opportunities for all people as well as support for those who need it.
As well as representing constituents, The Greens speak on behalf of those who wouldn’t otherwise get much of a say inside parliament: children, refugees, students, individuals and families living in poverty and, of course, our natural environment.
The Greens policy for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and urgency for action around the CO 2 emissions are our most urgent priorities. A High Speed Rail transport solution would supplant the need for Western Sydney Airport development, reducing pollution and taking us into a clean future.
Good economic management means taking care of our earth — not treating our most precious resources like a giant business in liquidation: ‘everything must go!’ The levels of pollution in our atmosphere mean business-as-usual will no longer work if we want to avoid dangerous climate change. The future for Australia can still be prosperous if we build our economy on green principles rather than short-term self-interest.
Grassroots participatory democracy
Real progress comes when enough people believe it is possible to make a difference and decide to do something about it. All Greens members and supporters are driven by the desire to work towards a better Australia. In contrast to the two old parties, which are run by executives in head office, The Greens involve members in key decisions and our campaigns are powered by thousands of ordinary people volunteering their time, skills and support.
Many of the social problems we have today — crime, discrimination, disease, poverty — could be dramatically improved if we focus on eliminating extreme inequality in Australia and across the world. The Greens believe it should be the priority of all governments to alleviate poverty and extend opportunity to all members of society.
Peace and non-violence
Australia’s foreign policy should be based on dialogue, diplomacy and cooperation, not aggression. Trying to prevent or counter violence with violence itself will not work. The Greens are committed to peaceful and non-violent solutions locally, nationally and internationally.