We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history.
We pay respect to the elders past and present and extend our respect to their descendants.
Non-partisan citizens’ marches and rallies around Australian to protest against government decisions that are against the common good of our nation.
This signifies a ‘people’s vote of no confidence’ in government policies and decisions that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness, social justice and equity, democratic governance, responsible global citizenship and conserving our natural heritage.
Many Australians are deeply concerned with the way our country is being governed. Not just at the present moment, but in general. They are concerned over issues which directly affect them, their families, and indeed all Australians. They are concerned about the policies and behaviour of all Australian political parties. They are concerned with the direction in which Australia’s great civil society is heading.
Democracy doesn’t end at the ballot box. It is the right, if not duty, of all Australians to hold our elected representatives to account; to remind them that they are, above all else, public servants. We must inform them regularly, daily if need be, of our concerns with the issues that affect all Australians. We must participate directly in our democracy in order for it to be truly representative.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
We know that a majority of Australians expect their government to:
– Respect our Nations First People and the true history of our nations birth.
– Respect the diversity of Australian families.
– Respect expert opinion in science, technology and education
– Respect Australia’s resources and heritage, now and for future generations.
Key policy areas that are covered by these four principles include:
Science and technology.
Trade and finance.
Within each of these areas there are dozens of specific issues that affect all Australians, now and for generations to come. It is on these issues that we must raise our voices. We all want what’s best for Australia; let’s tell our elected representatives directly how we want that to happen.
Australians united for better government.