Introduction to Sustainability
Sustainability involves the balancing of complex economic, environmental and social demands, but in simple terms means that the Australia (and world) we leave behind is as good as, if not better than, the one we inherited.
Our community movement aims to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.
This means a prosperous economy, healthy environment and better quality of life for all Australians.
Sustainable Australia is a centrist (not ‘left’ or ‘right’) community movement committed to a prosperous, inclusive, democratic and sustainable Australia.
Sustainable Australia policies represent our objectives and core values in action.
Sustainable Australia upholds the following core values:
1. Sustainable Living
Australia should progress economically and socially using resources in ecologically sustainable ways to protect the environment and the natural world. The aim is wellbeing for all Australians, present and future, and to preserve the biodiversity of our ecosystems, with enough space and resources to live well and in balance with each other. Sustainability and environmental impact involves the contribution of population numbers, per capita consumption and technology. A sustainable Australia requires the stabilising of our population, smaller per-person impacts on the environment and the adoption of better technologies.
2. Productive Innovation
We encourage innovation and sustainable development. In economic, environmental, social and cultural fields we advocate renewed investment in education and training, scientific research and entrepreneurship. The objective is a skilled, productive and creative nation, allowing all Australians to fulfil their potential.
3. Egalitarian Democracy
All individuals should have equal opportunity to take part in the democratic process. We are committed to honest governance that prioritises the broader public interest. Public policy should be based on objective evidence-based advice in light of wider social, economic, environmental, national security and cultural concerns.
Public finances and resources should be properly managed and accounted for, so as to ensure Australia lives within its means.
5. Global Vision
Through partnership, example and assistance, Australia should help other nations to develop sustainably and meet the human rights of all citizens.