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Sustainable Prosperity

  • Getting Ready for Peak Oil

    Getting Ready for Peak Oil

    A society where the average family can no longer afford to run a car except on special occasions? An economy where we queue to purchase some of the goods we currently buy without restriction? With the consequences of 'peak oil' - and no government plans for a response - such scenarios could be a mere ten years away... Read more.

  • Towards a Sustainable Population

    Towards a Sustainable Population

    We can meet our international obligations and move towards achieving environmentally sustainable population levels by substantially reducing the numbers entering Australia through our business migration scheme and doubling the numbers in our humanitarian intake ... Read more.

  • Compassion for Asylum Seekers

    Compassion for Asylum Seekers

    We support a non-discriminatory immigration program that gives priority to refugees and family reunion applicants. We oppose mandatory detention and all legislation to repel asylum seekers on the high seas. Australia has a moral responsibility and a duty under international law, to provide haven for refugees and not send people ... Read more.

  • Sustainable Energy

    Sustainable Energy

    A substantial, progressive reduction to well below current levels in fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and across all sectors. The strategic removal of direct and indirect public subsidies to unsustainable and dirty energy production and supply... Read more.

  • Aboriginal Equality - Now

    Aboriginal Equality - Now

    The Howard Government's NT Intervention, expanded by Labor, has been a predictable failure. Child malnutrition rates are up, as are alcohol, substance abuse and drug related incidents. Domestic violence, assault reportage and convictions and reports of child abuse, attempted suicide and self harm have all increased. Read our action plan.


Our Federal Action Plans for 2014


Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy

A substantial, progressive reduction to well below current levels in fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and across all sectors. The strategic removal of direct and indirect public subsidies to unsustainable and dirty energy production and supply... Read more.

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport

Reforming Australia’s transport spending. The Australian Democrats advocate reforming transport spending to reduce use of fossil fuels, decrease pollution and minimise land use while providing fast and efficient transport... Read more.

Population and Immigration

Population and Immigration

A sustainable population for Australia. The Australian democrats policy is to avoid Australia's population getting to an unsustainable level. At the same time we seek to fulfil our international and moral obligations to asylum seekers fleeing persecution elsewhere... Read more.

Progressive, Sustainable Tax Reform

Progressive, Sustainable Tax Reform

Progressive and environmental tax reform. The Australian Democrats advocate shifting taxation from ordinary workers to polluters and commercial land holders. At the same time we seek to simplify taxation by trading the many loopholes and rebates for a lower overall tax rate... Read more.

Protecting our Environment

Protecting our Environment

The Australian Democrats advocate reforming taxation to make the polluters pay and at the same time shifting spending away from fossil fuel subsidies and towards renewable energy. Strong action is also needed to expand environmental protection and cut back on waste... Read more.

Public Education

Public Education

$5 billion per annum extra for public education services funded by taxing exported coal according to its greenhouse impact and reducing excessive funding of wealthy private schools. Provide free and universally available preschool... Read more.

Foreign Aid

Increasing foreign aid to 0.7% of gdp. Australia has failed to meet its un obligations on foreign aid and recently further cut aid in the latest budget. Worse, much of the aid budget is actually used for non-aid purposes such as boosting livestock export and persecuting asylum seekers... Read more.

Raising the bar on Accountability

POLITICAL PARTIES AND DONATIONS: Donations with strings attached and foreign donations banned and full disclosure of third party (clubs, trusts, etc.) donations. A financial cap on all electoral and campaign funding, per political party and per candidate... Read more.

Looking after the welfare of Animals

Animals are sentient beings, deserving of respect and protection from inhumane treatment. They have a worth beyond their usefulness to humans. We should not allow base instincts or material gain to dictate our treatment of them... Read more.

Valuing the Arts

A 'whole of life' approach is crucial to the arts, strengthening artists' legal rights, ensuring they receive royalties for the use of their work over time and broadening funding and employment opportunities. Indigenous art enjoys wide... Read more.

Peace, Security and Defence

Australia must support the United Nations, as the key forum for international cooperation, in its role of promoting peace and security and will be bound by the United Nations charter. The Democrats are committed to Australia acting diplomatically... Read more.

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Welcome to the official national website of the Australian Democrats.

National President, Darren Churchill
National President, Darren Churchill

The Australian Democrats are a small political party, which seeks to bring about a fairer, sustainable Australia by balancing a 'Triple Bottom Line' of social justice, the environment and the economy. We are the only political party in which all members have an equal say in determining our policies through policy ballots.

For almost 31 years from 1977 to 2008, we had Democrats Senators in the Australian Parliament and representatives in the South Australian, Tasmanian, NSW, Western Australian and ACT parliaments and often held the balance of power, which one of our best known founders, Don Chipp, referred to as a "balance of reason," using our influence to deliver fair outcomes in legislation. We are working to reclaim that position.

Our strength lies, as it always has, in our members and their participation.

I invite you to explore what the Australian Democrats stand for on our website. Please take the time to have a look at our 23 Party Objectives and our Member Balloted Policies. If you share our values and vision, we invite you to join the Australian Democrats.

On behalf of the Australian Democrats, I thank you for your interest in our party.

Kind regards,

Darren Churchill

Darren Churchill
National President, Australian Democrats
0412 196 473


Why you need the Australian Democrats

While we are famously known - in the words of former Democrats leader, Don Chipp - for "keeping the bastards honest", we're also on about giving them a few good ideas as well.

Founded with a slogan of "honesty, tolerance and compassion", we're the original party of fair go and equality, looking for what's best for the nation, rather than any particular interest group.

Because we have always acknowledged the fragility and uniqueness of our planet, we were ahead of the rest in defending the environment when it wasn't trendy to do so.

Our thinking has always been long term, something that is largely missing from politics. In parliaments we have used our position of balance of power/reason, not to block legislation but to negotiate to produce the best achievable outcomes.

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Getting Ready for Peak Oil

Getting Ready for Peak Oil

A society where the average family can no longer afford to run a car except on special occasions? An economy where we queue to purchase some of the goods we currently buy without restriction? With the consequences of 'peak oil' - and no government plans for a response - such scenarios could be a mere ten years away ... Read more.

Towards a Sustainable Population

Towards a Sustainable Population

We can meet our international obligations and move towards achieving environmentally sustainable population levels by substantially reducing the numbers entering Australia through our business migration scheme and doubling the numbers in our humanitarian intake ... Read more.

Compassion for refugees

Compassion for Refugees

We support a non-discriminatory immigration program that gives priority to refugees and family reunion applicants. We oppose mandatory detention and all legislation to repel asylum seekers on the high seas. Australia has a moral responsibility and a duty under international law, to provide haven for refugees and not send people ... Read more.

Facing Up To Bullying

Facing Up To Bullying

The Australian Democrats are committed to ensuring fairness, equality and tolerance in our society and so the insidious rise of bullying must come under the microscope. Former Australian Democrats Parliamentary Leader, Lyn Allison, negotiated a National Safe Schools Framework which can in part address the issue ... Read more.

Aboriginal equality - now

Aboriginal equality - now

The Howard Government's NT Intervention, expanded by Labor, has been a predictable failure. Child malnutrition rates are up, as are alcohol, substance abuse and drug related incidents. Domestic violence, assault reportage and convictions and reports of child abuse, attempted suicide and self harm have all increased. Read our action plan.

Do you want a fair go for everyone?

If you believe Australia needs a genuinely independent political force at all levels of government advocating for solutions based on compassion, fairness, justice and equality, join us. You can make a difference.

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Australian Democrats 30 Years Book

30 Years of the Australian Democrats

A fascinating insight into the people, the victories and battles the party faced and the people who fought them. Just $9 plus postage.

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