News

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Good public health is good economics

    There has been no shortage of lobbying by business interests in Victoria against the coronavirus lockdown of the past few months. Certainly the lockdown has been tough on many businesses, and it has involved a lot of sacrifice on the part of Victorians.

  • MEDIA: The Age - Esme Johnston house granted permanent heritage protection

    An idiosyncratic Tudor Revival house in Brighton that was afforded no heritage protection by the local council has been saved following a community campaign to stop it being bulldozed... Meanwhile a parliamentary inquiry will be held into heritage protection in Victoria after the Legislative Council passed a proposal by Sustainable Australia Party MP Clifford Hayes.

  • MEDIA: Herald Sun - Push for a Parliamentary investigation into Victoria’s ‘lost’ heritage homes and buildings

    A state MP wants an inquiry to look at the “lost” heritage homes and buildings of Melbourne. Sustainable Australia Party MLC Clifford Hayes is pushing for a Parliamentary investigation amid concern that Victorian heritage laws are too weak.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Crown Casinos, like Universities, cashes in on foreign visa free-for-all

    For years both the left and right of politics have been busy pushing “open borders” and trying to banish debate about the size of Australia’s population from the public square. Instead of sensible debate we have had name calling (“anti-immigration, xenophobic, selfish”) and media de-platforming.

  • MEDIA: RiotACT - A fairer distribution of electoral funding

    Independent candidates and political parties who get more than 4 per cent of first preference votes at this election will receive $8.62 per vote from the ACT Electoral Commission.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Environmental cost of urban consolidation

    The Age reported on 16 October that ecologists are increasingly recognising the importance of green urban areas in Australia’s major cities for threatened species.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Regressive and corrupt ACT election funding system must be reformed

    Despite the constant assertions from the ACT Labor-Green alliance that they run a ‘progressive’ government, one simple fact undermines this – the ACT election funding system.

  • MEDIA: The West Australian - Party to tap coast campaign

    An east-coast community-focused political party will use the Preserve Gnarabup campaign as part of its drive to contest seats in the South West at next year’s WA election.

  • NEWSLETTER: Clifford Hayes MP - Here's what I've been working on recently

    Dear supporters and Sustainable Australia Party members,

    I hope my letter finds you and your loved ones well.

    I hope you are all staying strong during extremely difficult circumstances. This unprecedented pandemic is undermining the social and economic fabric of our state. 

    As you will be aware, the past month has been dominated by the State Government's push to extend Victoria's State of Emergency.

    I will touch on that, and many other issues, in this newsletter. 

    Regards, 

    Clifford Hayes MP

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: CSL coronavirus work continues a long tradition

    This week it has been reported that the Australian biotechnology company CSL has reached an agreement with the Australian Government to supply up to 51 million doses of a University of Queensland developed coronavirus vaccine to be available from mid next year if it proves safe and effective.

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Sustainable Australia Party welcomes anti-corruption Bills

    The Sustainable Australia Party welcomes the introduction of two anti-corruption Bills into the House of Representatives by the Independent Member for the Victorian Electorate of Indi, Helen Haines.

  • MEDIA: Business News - WA needs a more transparent and democratic planning system

    Transparent and democratic urban planning is essential in underpinning good environmental and social outcomes and delivering liveable cities. This is particularly the case with large and complex cities like Perth.

  • MEDIA: The Age - Mission impossible: Andrews' emergency power play looks doomed

    The state government's plan to extend its power to make new COVID-19 state of emergency declarations looks doomed as opposition and crossbench MPs accuse Labor of overreach.

  • MEDIA: ABC - Victorian Government faces Upper House battle to extend coronavirus state of emergency powers

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has defended the need to extend the state of emergency by another year, describing the measure as an "insurance policy".

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Don't just flatten the curve - Eliminate coronavirus!

    In the first couple of months both the Federal and State Governments seemed to be doing a great job of protecting Australians from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • KELVIN'S BLOG: Economists say lower immigration will lift wages

    A lot of pre coronavirus economic commentary was to the effect that the Australian economy has been struggling due to a lack of wages growth. Essentially wages have been stagnant for years.

  • 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.