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Coral Rizzalli

Paul Oglesby


Maria Admczak

Heather James

David Ayliffe

Lorraine Pestell

Rosalie Neve
Greg Walsh
A Social and Political Movement to Empower Ordinary Australians

The Heart and Soul of Australia is a social and political movement which aims to empower ordinary Australians in politics and public decision-making.

It is open to members of all political parties and members of none.

Participants are invited to network in their federal electorates to take initiatives, discuss reform ideas, and deepen participation in Australian public life.

Use this online form to participate.



 
Who are we? We are:

The self-employed, small businesses and independent owners (the backbone of our economy and employment but ignored by governments)

families
(the foundation of society but unrepresented by any broad, mainstream organisation)

consumers
(the least organised and least vocal component of our economy)

people with disabilities, chronic and mental illnesses and their families/carers
(the
most invisible and vulnerable Australians)

volunteers and community associations
(the glue in society but unrepresented in any of our halls of power)

social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals
(a vital part of the economy ignored for a century)

 


Our policy framework is based on four broad commitments:

Support for self-employment, small businesses and independent owners - a wide distribution of ownership of economic assets and property and the breakup of concentrations of economic and market power.

Support for civil society - a strengthening of community groups, voluntary associations, support networks, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals.

Individualised funding for consumers and families - self-directed services and individual budgets in disability, mental health, ageing, education, and social services.

Governance reform in democracy, parliament and public institutions - innovation in public voice and citizen empowerment and the end of career politicians.

We warmly invite you to join us.

This process is facilitated by the Centre for Civil Society, a public policy and social innovation institute dedicated to the empowerment of ordinary people and the strengthening of civil society.

Make a donation to The Heart and Soul of Australia here.

We are conducting a series of public consultations on policy ideas and strategies for the development of a large, broad, community-based political movement that can represent the Heart and Soul of Australia.

Our first two consultations have been on:

The Concentration of Economic Power in Australia What should be done in Banking, Retailing, Media, and Mining? How can we develop a Widespread Ownership of Capital?

Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Time for a New National Consensus
 

 
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The focus of our work is the federal electorate, of which there are 150 around Australia. Each has about 150,000 people, and 100,000 voters.

Participants will meet in each federal electorate (online and in person) to work locally to influence policy and opinion, through local initiatives, events, discussion and local media activities.

In each electorate we will appoint a Convenor. When you join up, consider offering to act as a Convenor in your electorate.

My federal electorate is: 

CLICK HERE to find which electorate you are in.
 


Read Tony Fitzgerald's account of what's wrong with our 'polluted politics'.

Read Noel Pearson's agenda-defining statement on indigenous self-help and self-determination.

Read Peter Shergold's Devolve power to the People. It outlines the importance of devolving power to individuals and communities.

Read Phillip Blond's Our political bankruptcy demands a renewed political idealism, following his visit from the UK to Australia in August 2012. Blond is the founder of the UK think tank Respublica.

 
We are conducting a series of public consultations on policy ideas and strategies for the development of a large, broad, community-based political movement that can represent the Heart and Soul of Australia.

Our first two consultations have been on:

The Concentration of Economic Power in Australia What should be done in Banking, Retailing, Media, and Mining? How can we develop a Widespread Ownership of Capital?

Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Time for a New National Consensus

Answers are anonymous unless you indicate otherwise.