On Saturday, Australians sent a clear message to our leaders: it’s time to take action to protect our planet and our democracy.
Voters overwhelmingly supported candidates who ran on a platform of integrity reform and climate action. The previous government has faced a reckoning and we’ve seen huge wins for community candidates promising a better, fairer democracy.
This new parliament provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our movements to end the grip that the fossil fuels industry has on our democracy, and claim it back for ourselves. With a strong mandate from voters and an ambitious crossbench, this is a moment we can achieve the strong democratic reforms that we’ve been calling for in the Framework for a Fair Democracy.
The incoming Labor government have committed to legislating a strong federal anti-corruption commission by the end of this year and we’ll be holding them to account on that promise – but importantly, we’ll also be working toward deeper reforms to end corporate capture and build a democracy that works for everyone.
The change we seek is big. The solutions are clear. While Saturday’s results present a significant opportunity, the reforms our democracy needs won’t always be in the interests of those who hold power. So we know we’ll have to work for every step toward our ambitious change agenda.
Together, we’ve worked hard to get integrity reform on the front page. And together, we will continue to build a movement for a fair democracy – one that puts people and the planet at the heart of decision-making.
This year already, thousands of you have taken action for integrity reform, by taking and sharing our community survey, emailing or visiting your MP, and speaking out via letters to the editor and on social media. Together we’ve made a huge splash and we’re just getting started!
To build this shared vision for a strong and healthy democracy, we’ll need all the support we can get. If you’re in a position to, amplify our collective voice for political integrity by donating today.
Watch this space – we’re looking forward to bringing our community together soon to work on a shared strategy to stamp out corruption, end cash for access, and level the playing field in election debates.
Let’s get to work.