Corporate influence is undermining our democracy

When #OurDemocracy is fair, all of us can thrive.

The #OurDemocracy campaign is a nation-wide movement of people and organisations who want a healthy Australian democracy which works for all of us, not just for the powerful few.

Where do the parties and candidates stand?

Integrity and the influence of big money in Australian politics is shaping up to be a huge issue in the upcoming election – so many of us want to see our elected leaders take the actions that will make our whole political system more fair, open, participatory and accountable.

What makes for good integrity policy? And where do the parties and candidates vying for your vote stand? 

National Integrity Survey

We asked our communities for their views on political integrity issues and together we collected 10,375 surveys from people in all 151 electorates across the country.

The responses paint a clear picture: there is widespread support for reforms to control the influence of big money and lobbying in our political system.

What is state capture?

We’ve put together two ground-breaking new reports with our partners Australian Democracy Network and Human Rights Law Centre.

With case studies across the tobacco, gambling, military weapons and fossil fuel industries, the reports bring together the most comprehensive assessment of the ways in which harmful industries exercise control over our state and federal governments, as well as solutions for how to break this vicious cycle of state capture.

What’s the Big Deal?

We’ve been working with the team behind this new film that digs into the influence of money and big business on our democracy, and what we can do about it.

Here’s how we win:

We need to reset the rules of our democracy so it will work better for all of us.

Through significant legislative reform and the building of a powerful movement of concerned Australians, we’ll show that our democracy must put people first, not corporate profits.

The Framework

Our Framework for a Fair Democracy outlines a series of common sense, comprehensive reforms that would break the cycle of corporate donations and cosy relationships with our elected representatives.

People Power

Together, we will take action demanding political support for the Framework for a Fair Democracy, creating a political problem for any party, MP or candidate that does the wrong thing.

Expose the problem

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. We’ll expose all the ways in which our political leaders are selling us out, and hold those who do the wrong thing to account, and we are going to remind them that they work for us, their voters.