Centre for Civil Society
 Empowering consumers, families and communities

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We bring people together in each federal electorate (150 electorates around Australia) to work locally in engaging our communities and our  representatives in an agenda of empowerment of ordinary people and strengthening of civil society.
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You can take charge of your social support, education and health care through a personal budget.
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Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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up people who live in the same street or nearby to build community by doing amazing things with and for each other - on a national scale.
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Mutualism, Third Way Thinking

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"The Left and Right have been as bad as each other. The Left has allowed its distrust of markets and endless faith in government to obscure the importance of civil society. The Right has been so focused on replacing the state with markets that it has forgotten how to cultivate a trusting society.

This is the politics of the absurd. The Left identifies with the good society but rarely talks about the mutualism and trust between people. The Right recognises the importance of moral obligation but gives the impression of trusting market transactions more than civil society.

Few things seem to happen anymore without a government law or market transaction to guide them. This is how record levels of GDP in Australia now sit alongside record levels of crime, social stress and family  breakdown. The political balance needs to swing back towards civil society.

This task, in fact, requires a new type of politics."

Mark Latham, Mutualism: A Third Way for Australia," 1999.

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We acknowledge the significance of the natural environment to the Australian way of life, and recognizes the need for policies which protect the interests of future generations.

We also acknowledges that millions of Australians want to make practical contributions, in their home and at work, towards better environmental outcomes. The Australian suburban lifestyle of home and garden, as the centre of do-it-yourself practicality and a relaxed domesticity, remains a strong Australian ideal that is compatible with and nourishes a widespread desire to contribute towards healthier cities, sustainable development, and good custodianship of vital resources.

People Power aims to empower Australians in making these practical contributions. It also aims to protect the health of Australians and ensure that Australia acts as a responsible member of the global community.

People Power stands for

Protection of common assets (through the development of responsible strategies for the protection and management of the natural environment)
Responsible global citizenship (through action on climate change and other issues of international significance)
Healthy cities (by improving planning controls; and minimizing toxins and other contaminants in air, soil and water)
Sustainable employment (through the development and use of sustainable technologies)
Empowerment of consumers and families in active environmental citizenship (through local initiatives, responsible consumerism, protecting and preserving vital resources)
Openness and transparency in public institutions (through the development and widespread use of environmental outcomes monitoring and reporting mechanisms)
A better future for our children (through protecting and preserving vital resources for future generations)

People Power will

  • Reduce greenhouse gases through energy efficient housing and renewable energy production; improvements in transport and regional planning; and responsible forestry practices.

  • Protect the health of our cities through monitoring and controlling exposure to air, noise, visual and radiation pollution; and improvements in water quality.

  • Improve waste management through advances in resource recovery and responsible packaging; and better sewage treatment systems.

  • Stop over-development of urban areas by increasing community involvement in decisions on local planning and protecting the rights of existing residents.

  • Support household-based innovations and programs aimed at consumer and family engagement in achieving better environmental outcomes.

  • Stop urban consolidation as a response to urban sprawl and accelerate small town and regional centre development.

  • Protect the interests of future generations through careful custodianship of natural resources and the development of sustainable technologies.

People Power Environment Policy Contact : Robyn Allcock

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Charlie Leadbeater, Jamie Bartlett and Niamh Gallagher have authored this highly influential Demos Report on Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets.
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