News

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Australian Government should follow Jacinda Ardern’s lead

    MacroBusiness has reported that the New Zealand Ardern Government is acting to ensure that unemployed New Zealanders do not have to compete for jobs with workers from overseas.

  • MEDIA: Herald Sun - Protect our past and safety

    CLIFFORD HAYES MP: What does this State Government want to be remembered for? I imagine the Premier would like his Government to be remembered by his “getting things done” mantra of construction, construction, and even more construction.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Victorian Government must review vertical cruise ships strategy

    Victorians are all deeply troubled by the Victorian Government’s decision to confine public housing tenants in North Melbourne and Kensington to their rooms to try to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Housing affordability for young people could improve

    For many years Australia was internationally renowned as the country where just about everyone could afford a home of their home. It was the Great Australian Dream. But for years now young people in Australia’s cities have struggled to afford a home.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Home renovation plan a wasted opportunity

    The Federal Government’s $25,000 Homebuilder Stimulus scheme is a wasted opportunity.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: World Environment Day - Better habitat protection needed

    The Sustainable Australia Party says that World Environment Day should be a time to reflect on the ongoing destruction of habitat both around the world, and here in Australia, and what we can do to stop it.

  • NEWSLETTER: How did they corrupt our planning systems?

    Dear Member / Supporter --

    How did they corrupt our planning systems?

    We know that the property industry wants our major cities to look like New York. But how could they possibly achieve something so undesirable and detrimental to most Australians?

  • MEDIA: Radio WA - Conversations with Kelvin Thomson of Sustainable Australia Party

    A thought-provoking conversation with Kelvin Thomson from Sustainable Australia Party, recorded during the COVID-19 crisis talking about what environmental and economic sustainability is really about. We also talk about the tourism implications of the current situation.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Population debate requires media balance

    With up to 26 per cent of the entire Australian workforce – or 3.4 million people – set to lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic[1], the Sustainable Australia Party has called for a balanced debate on population and immigration.

  • MEDIA: 10 Daily - What Life In Australia Will Look Like After Coronavirus

    According to Kelvin Thomson - former Labor Party Shadow Minister for the Environment in the Federal Parliament who is the national spokesperson for the Sustainable Australia Party - those gains are likely to reverse as soon as things start returning to normal.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Some welcome coronavirus soul searching

    Those of us who have campaigned for an end to rapid population growth, or even simply defended the role of the nation state, have been subjected to unfounded, snide and false allegations and insinuations of racism and xenophobia.

  • NEWSLETTER: Help register our WA state party

    Dear Member / Supporter --

    Help register our WA state party

    The coronavirus pandemic must be a wake up call about the dangers and limitations of our politicians' obsession with endless growth, and the need to focus more on health and wellbeing.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Herald Sun Editorial “Rebuilding the Nation”

    Today’s Herald Sun Editorial, “Rebuilding the Nation”, is a much needed breath of fresh air in what has been for a long time a very short-sighted debate about globalisation and free trade.

  • MEDIA: 3AW - High density or health?

    The Hon. Kelvin Thomson, Former Federal Member for Wills & adviser for Sustainable Australia Party’s Clifford Hayes, joins Michael for a discussion on high density living in the age of coronavirus.

  • MEDIA: Tasmanian Times - Planning Laws and Institutions Under Attack

    In the 1990s Tasmanian state governments introduced a range of progressive planning and environmental laws including the State Coastal Policy, the Threatened Species Protection Act, the Land Use Planning Act and the establishment of the Resource Planning Development Commission (now the Tasmanian Planning Commission) and the Resource Management Planning and Appeal Tribunal.

  • NEWSLETTER: Who owns our politicians and media?

    Dear Member / Supporter --

    Who owns our politicians and media?

    The coronavirus crisis has helped us to understand the power and influence of the property industry. Consider the following media reports from this week.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Sustainable Australia Party endorses strong coronavirus restrictions

    The Sustainable Australia Party shares the pain and uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts are with all those who are being affected, both directly and indirectly.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Venezuelan President's disastrous call

    The Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is encouraging Venezuelan women to have six children each, claiming this will boost the country. His comments have been criticised by human rights activists who note that Venezuelans are already struggling to provide food, clothes and healthcare for their families.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Government needs to act on deeming

    The latest cut in interest rates by the Reserve Bank to a record low 0.5% will impact negatively on pensioners and retirees, as the Government continues to rob them with a deeming rate far in excess of what they can prudently achieve with their investments.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Mental health focus on prevention is needed

    The massive and rising cost of mental health in Australia has been underscored by proposals from the Victorian Government that the Australian Government increase the Medicare Levy or introduce a new mental health tax.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Retirees and older Australians under attack

    One of the numerous unfortunate consequences of the false narrative that we are facing an "ageing crisis" is that it is used to justify attacks on the assets of retirees and older Australians.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Australia should follow Boris Johnson's lead on EVs

    The announcement by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he will bring forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the United Kingdom to 2035 is very welcome.

  • SUBMISSION: Retirement Income Review

    Sustainable Australia Party has made a submission to the Retirement Income Review via Kelvin Thomson which is now on the Treasury website under 'Retirement Income Review Submissions'.

  • MEDIA: Calls to sack Casey Council amid corruption probe

    Herald Sun: A motion to sack the embattled Casey Council, which is at the centre of one of Victoria’s biggest corruption scandals, will be made in the upper house today as frustration grows over the state government’s inaction. Sustainable Australia's Clifford Hayes MP will make the move in the Victorian Legislative Council today urging the Andrews Government to dismiss the council.

  • FACT CHECK: Sustainable Australia Party's position on population and immigration

    The Hon. Kelvin Thomson:

    When the economist Leith Van Onselen was recently asked on ABC radio whether his support for a substantial cut in Australia’s migration program meant he was xenophobic, he replied that he supported a return of our migration program to the numbers we had when Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, and Bob Hawke were Prime Minister, and that he presumed that they weren’t regarded as xenophobes.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: More 'fake growth'. Just what we need!

    We’ve just had another bout of breathless reporting from journalists, economists and commentators about our economic growth, accompanying the release of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. Remarkably, people who ought to know better continue to talk about GDP, but make no mention of GDP per capita.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Casey Council revelations show need for property developer donation ban

    The Sustainable Australia Party has called for a ban on all property developer donations and contributions to political parties, following revelations yesterday at Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Stakes into the heart of Borneo

    Borneo is a great Indonesian tropical island – the world’s third largest - renowned for its remarkable forests and wildlife. But now that is at stake. 

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: How dare you?

    Congratulations to Sweden’s most famous 16 year old, Greta Thunberg, for telling it like it is at the UN this week. No sugar coating there. “How dare you?” she said, to those selling the “fairytale of endless economic growth”.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Climate strike supported, but won't save the day unless it includes population

    The Sustainable Australia Party supports the Climate Strike, and our Victorian MP Clifford Hayes and National President William Bourke, as well as other Sustainable Australia Party members, will be attending the Melbourne rally.