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CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP  PROGRAM

A 12month program for community people to develop and exercise social leadership.
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SELF-DIRECTED
SERVICES AND PERSONAL BUDGETS


You can take charge of your social support, education and health care through a personal budget.
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REFORMING OUR NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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STREET BY STREET

Linking
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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CONSUMER POWER
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LEFT AND RIGHT?

"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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CIRCLES OF SUPPORT

Circles of Support are a tool to make social inclusion work for people with disabilities, mental illnesses, vulnerable children and families, single young parents, and others struggling with social isolation.
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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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PEOPLE POWER 2004
 
COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA'S 665,000 VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY GROUPS

Australia's 665,000 voluntary community groups need our own voice.
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EMPOWERED COMMUNITIES

The Empowered Communities model is right for black and white Australia.
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for more information.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COOPERATIVES AND MUTUALS

Ausstralia's social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals are without our own voice in public affairs.
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PARENTS FAMILIES AND CARERS

We are the basic unit of society and the key to belonging and care, but we are unrepresented in public life.
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TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS

Innovation from grassroots parents and teachers to transform our schools.
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THE VOICE OF AUSTRALIA'S VOLUNTEERS

A public voice for Australia's  6.4m volunteers to speak for ourselves about volunteering and it's importance.
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CONSUMER-CENTRED HEALTH CARE

The National Campaign for Consumer-Centred Health Care aims to generate transformational change in health policy towards consumer-centred health care
.
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