1. Accountability in institutions

Greater transparency and accountability in institutions. Greater competition for elected positions in federal and state parliaments, municipalities, public companies, trade unions, associations, mutuals, sporting clubs and business organisations.

2. Ethics in public life
The highest standards of ethical conduct in public life. A crackdown on rorting and snouts in the trough. Reduced government dependence on gaming revenue. Restoration of an ethic of service amongst those holding public office.

3. Political reform
Revival of parliament as a legislative body rather than a rubber-stamp for executive decisions. Fewer MPs with fixed four years terms. Opposition to pork-barrelling and vote-buying. An end to the adversarial party system aligned with sectional interests. Opposition to the public funding of political parties and interest groups and greater disclosure of campaign finance.

4. Media Reform
Fearless opposition to the concentration of media ownership and abuse of media power. Opposition to the protection of established players and encouragement of new entrants. More stringent ethical standards on radio and television licence holders. Constitutional enshrinement of free speech and support of a well-resourced and independent ABC.

5. People's capitalism
A wide distribution of property and economic ownership. Encouragement of small shareholders and responsible fund managers. Stronger competition policy to weaken the market power of big corporations and encourage new entrants. An end to corporate welfare. A check on excessive trade union power.

6. Power to consumers
Greater consumer choice in public and private provision. More power to consumers rather than providers and bureaucrats in education, health, welfare and the arts. Support of free and fair trade to maximise competition and choice for consumers.

7. An ethic of self-help
An ethic of self-help and personal responsibility as the basis of social policy. Encouragement of self-help organisations to address regional disadvantage and welfare dependency. Encouragement of social entrepreneurship and partnerships between community organisations, business and governments.

8. Strong civil society
Encouragement of voluntary associations, volunteering, philanthropy and mutual aid. Wage, tax and productivity trade-offs to enable voluntary service leave. Effective responses to crime including personal restitution to victims, offender-victim conferencing, and juvenile mentoring.

9. Limited government
Lower tax. Government expenditures to not exceed the benchmark figure of 30% of GDP.

10. Confident and independent Australia
Support for an Australian republic. Increased immigration. Greater defence self-reliance. A more active role in the region to promote co-operation, free trade, human rights, and government and business transparency.
                  

PEOPLE POWER 2004