Introduction | Sustainable Australia Party
Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community party from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. We believe in an evidence-based approach to policy - not a left or right ideology.
Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - i.e. operating within environmental limits.
Unfortunately, due to unsustainable growth in human consumption and population, we are now compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To address this unsustainable growth, we need to think global and act local.
The problem in Australia?
Australia's political system has been corrupted by vested interests.
Our politicians lack long-term policy vision and generally push the folly of unlimited growth and overdevelopment in order to satisfy these vested interests.
Liberal and Labor governments are relying on this unsustainable overdevelopment to provide short-term economic 'growth', creating a "real estate-driven" economy with broader "productivity going backwards" that is "setting the precedents for a significant slowdown.”
It's time to draw a line in the sand.
For starters, SAP is campaigning to protect our environment, stop overdevelopment and stop corruption - via our 'Environment', 'Planning' and 'Governance' policies.
More broadly, through our comprehensive policy platform, we will fight for:
- A sustainable environment and population
- Better planning to stop overdevelopment
- Affordable housing for first home buyers and renters
- Secure jobs via a more diverse economy
NB: As outlined above, SAP strongly believes that population growth is responsible for part of our growing impact on the planet - locally and globally - and that we should address this as part of a holistic approach to sustainability. However, some political ideologues deny that population growth has any role to play in sustainability policy. Two types of modern environmentalists have therefore emerged.
Due to high immigration being responsible for two thirds of Australia's rapid population growth, amongst a broad policy platform SAP strongly advocates for a sustainable population policy that would return Australia's annual immigration level from 200,000 back to historically normal level of 70,000 per year. This would help to protect our environment and stop overdevelopment. Because of this, there has been some misrepresentation of SAP as 'anti-immigration' or worse. Misrepresentations have mainly come from the hard left of The Greens (and to a lesser extent Labor). Former Federal Shadow Minister for the Environment Kelvin Thomson (below) addresses and rejects this myth here.
Join today to help us end the mismanagement of our beautiful, yet arid and ecologically fragile continent - for us and future generations of Australians.
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