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EQUALITY IS FOR EVERYONE

The Greens care about people – that’s why we want to protect human rights and introduce stronger legal protections for all Australians.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • People should not be fired, expelled or bullied because of who they are but Australia’s anti-discrimination laws are horribly out of date. 
  • Fathers and mothers can still lose their jobs because of family responsibilities. A woman can be refused accommodation because she's a victim of domestic violence and schools can also refuse to enrol a child because her parents are gay.
  • The Greens are the only party committed to fixing these laws so all people here have the same legal protection against discrimination regardless of their personal circumstances.
  • Australia is also falling behind other nations in protecting human rights for people in detention and people wrongfully convicted of crimes.
  • The Greens would ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) immediately to prevent the mistreatment of people in detention and introduce compensation for people wrongfully convicted of federal crimes.

HELPING REFUGEES WITH COMPASSION

Only the Greens are a voice for compassion in this debate.

In their rush to the right, both old parties have committed to sending refugees into danger instead of giving them safer pathways to a new home where they can rebuild their lives.

CLEAN ENERGY ROADMAP

We need to do more to encourage clean energy investment in Australia. The Greens' plan to get to a 100% renewable Australia.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

The Greens have a plan to make Australia the best place in the world to build renewable energy.

The Greens' Clean Energy Roadmap sets out a framework to build an Australia powered by the wind, sun and waves.

ONE DOLLAR BET LIMIT

The Greens $1 bet limits policy is the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to reduce the harm to problem gamblers and the community from poker machines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Australians are the world’s most prolific gamblers. We spend a remarkable $1200 per capita every year on bets.
  •  Of the $19 billion gambled by Australians every year, 60% (or $12 billion) goes into poker machines. About 4% of the adult population, or 600,000 people, play pokies at least weekly. Up to 15% of the people who gamble weekly are considered "problem gamblers" who have difficulty controlling their play and expenditure. These problem gamblers account for about 40% of all pokies losses. This means that those who can least afford it are losing the most.
  • Because of the potential for harm caused by the high loss rate of Australian machines, the Greens will limit bet rates on all pokies to bring losses under control.
  • By ensuring that all poker machines are limited to "low-intensity" losses of around $100 per hour, the need for mandatory pre-commitment technology is removed and the costs of implementation become negligible. Limiting machines to lower intensity is a simple reform that won’t affect most players, but will help problem gamblers limit their losses.

BETTER PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

The Greens are standing up for working women and families by treating paid parental leave as a workplace right, not a welfare handout.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • The Greens’ plan for paid parental leave is more generous, achievable and equitable.
  • We will provide six months of paid leave at 100% replacement wage up to $100,000 per annum and superannuation contributions to ensure women are not disadvantaged later in life.
  • Two additional weeks of leave for dads and partners at 100% of their regular wage, capped at $100,000 per annum, which means the second parent, often dads, will have secure family time with their new child.

HELP FARMERS SELL DIRECT

The Greens’ $85 million plan to help farmers bypass the big two supermarkets will make it easier to get healthy food, help our farmers get a fair price, and create local jobs.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

  • More than ever Australians want to “know their farmer” and buy food direct from local growers, but under the old parties, Australia has developed one of the most highly centralised food retail sectors in the world.
  • The Greens have a costed plan to give seed funding to projects that help farmers sell directly to consumers — and go around the Big Two supermarkets.
  • Farmers markets and community food box schemes will help more communities buy direct from their farmers and increase access to local affordable healthy food.

HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT

KEEPING HEALTH COSTS DOWN

 

The Greens will invest an extra $664 million in Medicare to keep out-of-pocket health costs down for everyone.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Health care costs are already rising in Australia and we have an obligation to keep our public health system accessible.
  • While the old parties are willing to make cuts to essential services like Medicare, the Greens are committing to increased spending on health.
  • The Greens will invest $664m in extra funding for Medicare over the next four years. This is a sorely needed top-up to the health system that reverses cuts to Medicare made by Labor in the last Budget and supported by the Coalition.

GETTING SMART ON CRIME

It is time for new thinking on criminal justice in Australia. Justice reinvestment reduces crime by building stronger communities. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The tired, old “tough on crime” mantra has actually been tough on budgets. In Australia we spend more than $3 billion dollars each year just running our jails.
  • We can pour billions of dollars into dealing with the consequences of crime after the damage has been done – or save billions by addressing the underlining causes.
  • Justice Reinvestment builds stronger communities by re-directing funding from prison budgets to targeted programs in areas with high numbers of offenders.
  • Justice Reinvestment is a new but proven approach to criminal justice spending. It has been remarkably successful in the United States and shows it is possible to have both fewer people in prison and less crime.
  • If we want safer communities, it’s high time for new thinking in Australia. The Australian Greens are standing up for a smarter, safer future.

INVESTING IN EDUCATION

INVESTING IN UNIVERSITIES

 

Our future needs a world-class higher education system. The Greens are calling for a 10 per cent increase in university base funding.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

  • Australia's universities are under increasing pressure from decades of underfunding by both Labor and the Coalition.
  • Australia ranks near the bottom of the OECD countries for public investment in universities.  We should be near the top.
  • Over the past twenty years student debt has risen and class sizes have blown out.
  • University staff workloads have increased, there are more casual teachers, and many courses and schools have faced cuts.
  • A 10 per cent increase in base funding per student will reverse the downward trend and protect the future quality of higher education.
  • The 10 per cent base funding increase should accompany reversing Labor's $2.3 billion higher education budget cuts in this year’s budget.