SECURITY, PRIVACY & GOVERNANCE
Australia should provide for the security of its citizens, while maintaining respect for privacy and transparent governance.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:
- Provide legislative power and sufficient resources to keep Australians safe, by detecting and preventing terrorist attacks before they occur.
- Adopt strong counter-radicalisation strategies, to help prevent religious and political extremism.
- Include sunset clauses on all national security legislation requiring re-passage of legislation after ten (10) years.
- Ensure the reasonable privacy and rights of citizens to freedom of speech, movement, religion, commerce, employment, internet usage and association, and protect ordinary Australians from abuse by governments and businesses.
- Establish an independent Federal Commission to monitor and expose corruption and misconduct by federal politicians and officials, and equivalent bodies in all states and territories.
- Cap political donations and contributions.
- Require more timely disclosure of political donations.
- Adopt more transparent reporting of political lobbying and all financial contributions, including the requirement for politicians to declare any time they spend with registered lobbyists.
- Ban ex-politicians from employment with registered lobbying organisations for at least 12 months from the date of leaving office.
- Remove the four per cent threshold for public funding of political parties and independents, so that all candidates attract the same public funding level per vote.
- Allow citizens to directly petition Federal Parliament via electronic/online method, asking for action to be taken on an issue.
- Enable citizen initiated referenda or plebiscites upon the parliament receiving a petition containing the signatures of one per cent or more of the total of all electors.
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