William Bourke

  • published Candidates in Get Involved 2018-02-05 15:40:09 +1100


    Established as an independent party from the common-sense political centre, we aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

    To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, including the following policy priorities:

    • Secure jobs
    • Affordable housing
    • Better planning
    • A sustainable environment and population

    We are federally registered (for federal elections and by-elections), and also registered for State/Territory elections in the ACT and NSW. In 2018 we will register for VIC State elections, followed by other states in 2019+.

    Application process

    Successful candidates must be federal members of our party and demonstrate:

    • A commitment to our party core values: CLICK HERE
    • A full understanding of our key messages and current (20+) policy suite: CLICK HERE

    We also regard the following criteria as relevant:

    • A demonstrated commitment to the party, including involvement in our monthly meet-ups and grassroots activities
    • A full understanding of our policies
    • Strong interpersonal and public communication skills
    • The ability and discipline to communicate our key messages
    • Local, state and/or national community involvement and profile
    • Residence in, and/or a strong connection to, the electorate
    • A positive and constructive attitude
    • Ability to work well in a team
    • A record of integrity and reliability
    • Fundraising capacity including nomination fees


    To express interest in candidature, please contact us by email through our website. In your initial contact, please nominate your State and Federal electorate and summarise in under 100 words why you would be an appropriate candidate to represent Sustainable Australia. We will review and advise whether you will progress to receiving the official application form.

    Remember, you must be a member of our party (and no other party) before applying. Join here.

    Minor parties require funding from candidates to help cover costs. Some minor parties charge $1000 application fee and $20,000 in campaign costs.

    Candidates are expected to contribute financially as follows:

    • Nomination application fee - $250
    • Election nomination fees (e.g. $2,000 for federal Senate, $1000 for federal lower house seat, $100-$1000 for State/Territory upper and lower house seats)
    • Campaign costs (minimum $1,500 for a basic package including design, printing, flyers, signage, t-shirts)

    Fundraising is an important political skill. Potential candidates can either self-fund or seek funding via 'go fund me', social media, family, friends, etc.

    Candidates that achieve a primary vote of 4 per cent or more will have their contribution refunded.

    Contact Us: CLICK HERE

  • commented on Local Networking - Newcastle (NSW) 2018-02-01 12:59:37 +1100
    Thanks to everyone for a positive and enjoyable chat last night. Thanks to John for organising, and Marie for offering to find the next venue (which will ideally include a bit of letterboxing after a coffee, etc).
    Remember, there’s no monthly meet-up on the first Sunday of Feb due to last night’s event… next is first Sunday of March (4th), at a venue to be determined and noted here by Marie. Cheers, William

  • commented on Local Networking - Tamworth (NSW) 2017-10-28 11:14:35 +1100
    Very casual. Anywhere in central Tamworth, such as a pub, where we can reserve a decent sized table (say, in a corner) and be able to hear each other… and has a little space to join a couple of table together if we get more than 10 people.

  • commented on Local Networking - Blue Mountains (NSW) 2018-03-26 14:58:16 +1100
    Hi All, I’ll be joining the Blue Mountains meet-up at 3pm on 8/4 @ Panthers Glenbrook. See you there! William

  • commented on Statement from Sustainable Australia major donors 2017-02-01 14:49:06 +1100
    Yes, great difficulty in achieving fair media coverage from the MSM… and we had to put up with this disgraceful SBS smear:

  • commented on Local Networking - Perth (WA) 2017-01-15 18:01:30 +1100
    Make that Deague STREET :)

  • commented on Local Networking - Hobart (TAS) 2016-11-11 09:43:42 +1100
    Dear Sustainables in Tassie… a message from Susan…

    Social Event | Sustainable Living Festival

    Sustainable Living Tasmania is holding the annual Sustainable Living Festival in Hobart this weekend.


    Come along and check out cooking demonstrations, informative talks, practical workshops, live music, art installations, kids activities and exhibits from local businesses and community groups…

    We’ll also find time to have a coffee and chat about the proposed launch of Sustainable Australia (TAS) in 2017 to contest the 2018 Tasmanian election…

    When: 11am, Saturday 12 November
    Where: Princes Wharf 1 on the Hobart waterfront. Meet at the pavilion entrance.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Please use the ‘Contact Us’ link or reply to this email if you have any questions such as a contact number for the day.

    Kind regards

    Susan Bowes
    Tasmanian Coordinator
    Sustainable Australia

  • commented on Local Networking - Sunshine Coast (QLD) 2016-11-02 09:39:35 +1100
    Hi SC Sustainables,
    A message from Aaron Webber…

    Sunshine Coast event | 27 November

    Our party is building stronger local networks that can better support future Sustainable Australia campaigns at all three levels of government.

    We are pleased to confirm a social networking event on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 27 November.

    When: 11am-12.30pm, 27 November 2016
    Where: The Coffee Club, Shop 24, Peninsular Resort Apartments, Cnr The Esplanade & Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba QLD
    Why: Tea/coffee/brunch, social networking, SC strategy, merchandise.

    Please RSVP asap by reply email or via the ‘Contact Us’ link above or below.

    I’ll have some party merchandise on our table so you can easily find us.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Kind regards

    Aaron Webber
    Queensland Coordinator
    Sustainable Australia

  • commented on Local Networking - Frankston (VIC) 2018-03-28 08:50:24 +1100
    Hi All, We’re looking to bring Frankston group up to the Melbourne event on 8/4, which will be held on the SE side of the city. Please see the Melbourne page. SA

  • commented on Sustainable Australia (ACT) represented by Indigenous Elder, science father-son 2016-09-23 11:24:10 +1000
    Good luck Team Sustainable!

  • commented on Local Networking - Canberra (ACT) 2016-10-13 18:13:15 +1100

    Dear Sustainables —

    Election night drinks | Saturday, 15 October 2016

    When: 5-7pm, Saturday 15 October
    Where: Old Canberra Inn, Kookaburra room


    All welcome…

    See you there!

  • published Victoria in State Parties 2016-09-13 12:34:03 +1000


    Sustainable Australia (VIC)

    Sustainable Australia is launching a Victorian State party to contest the state election on 24 November 2018. As of March 2018, we only need around 50 more members to reach the necessary 500 (+50 buffer) to register...

    Please join today! Please also ask a family member to join to help us register.


    Sustainable Australia (VIC) will be campaigning on secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning, and a sustainable environment and population. More policy detail here.

    Join today

    Any Victorian that joins our Federal party automatically becomes a member of our State party ('Sustainable Australia (VIC)').


    Complete the Federal party application form online here (we have a special temporary Victorian joining fee of $10 adult and $5 concession).

    First read our Join page information.


    Select your preferred membership type below:

    NB: You must have a unique email address. Not the same as a current member.

    One-off joining fees (subsequent annual membership fees are optional):

    Adult $10

    Concession $5

    Constitution & Officials (Committee)

    Proposed Victorian party constitution: CLICK HERE

    Committee nominees

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

    Please also subscribe to our eNewsletter and register for local networking.

  • commented on Local Networking - Melbourne (VIC) 2018-02-22 11:49:34 +1100
    Dear Melburnians,

    I will be hosting a combined monthly social meet-up and Batman campaign launch on Sunday 4 March in the centre of the Batman electorate. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about our VIC State party plans for the November election.

    Where? The Stolberg, 197 Plenty Rd (corner of Bell St), Preston (Stolberg Room)
    When? 3-5pm

    All welcome. Will you come?

    We will also be emailing (just) our VIC members and supporters early next week to advise how you can get involved in letterboxing in the week commencing 26/3. I’ll have the Voter Van situated in Batman for this purpose.


  • commented on Local Networking - Cairns (QLD) 2016-08-26 15:25:16 +1000
    Hi All, The Sunday event is on at 3pm in Cairns at Bavarian beer house (77 Esplanade). Meet outside on the footpath and head in just after 3 to find a table. Enjoy! William

  • commented on Local Networking - Brisbane (QLD) 2016-08-07 11:45:16 +1000
    Hi Andrew, Yes that would be the plan in major capitals. Let’s get one very casual social event up and running and plan from there. Stay tuned. William

  • commented on Local Networking - Adelaide (SA) 2018-01-08 16:15:04 +1100
    Thanks everyone for a very positive meeting at The Stirling Hotel in the Adelaide Hills yesterday. We talked about another meeting at The Astor next month… but what do people think of meeting in Hahndorf for a coffee instead (first Sunday of the month at 3pm), then doing an hour’s letterboxing in the streets around the town in pairs, possibly followed by a German beer?

William Bourke

Founder of @VoteSustainable | 99%er, Optimist | Bloods, Socceroos fan | Love bushwalking, nature, wildlife | https://t.co/cCjhMFrT3d