A fairer, cleaner economy

Tackling Inequality

Inequality is at a 70 year high. Our society is becoming more unequal as the rich get richer and wages growth stagnates. Adam and the Greens are committed to reversing inequality, not making it worse. 

We need to tackle inequality by closing the gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. It’s not fair that the big end of town minimise their tax while working people have to pay more. A lot of government revenue isn’t being spent wisely. If we axe subsidies to polluters, end unfair tax breaks and ask wealthy miners and banks to pay their fair share, we can properly fund services for the many, not just the wealthy few.

The Greens will tackle inequality by:

  • Introduce a progressive business tax that will ensure big corporations and multinationals pay more tax and small business
    pays less.
  • Grow the new economy by redirecting subsidies away from fossil fuels and towards industries like advanced manufacturing, education, tourism and clean energy.
  • Keep supporting social enterprise and small business in Melbourne and around the country.The Greens will support small and medium-sized businesses to lower their energy costs and ensure small business pays less tax then big business.
  • Increasing payments to and flexibility for single parents
  • Lifting youth allowance and Newstart by $75/week
  • Reversing tax cuts that will make inequality worse
  • Closing tax loopholes and taxing big corporations on their super profits to invest directly in improving public services and infrastructure.
  • Making sure the super-rich pay their fair share

Jobs of the future

The old parties wasted the mining boom and have failed to plan for the future as resource investment winds down. Adam and the Greens have a plan to drive innovation, roll out the NBN and tackle job security.

Our future lies with our minds, not our mines. The old parties wasted the resources boom and failed to plan for the future as mining investment winds down. Manufacturing in Australia has been under increasing pressure. Meanwhile, the industries that will sustain us in the future – research, healthcare, education, clean energy – are regularly attacked by the old parties. Melbourne is home to world-leading health and medical research. However, governments routinely threaten funding cuts to this vital area of society and the economy.

Instead of spending the current $12 billion that subsidises the fossil fuel industries of the past, the Greens will use these dollars to back the jobs growth areas of the future. Innovation through research and development is critical for promoting new industries and jobs as well as supporting current employment.

Creating jobs, Driving innovation

  • The Greens' goal is to establish Australia as a world leader in science and research by increasing public and private investment to 4% of GDP by 2030.
  • Providing over $500 million for into research and development to improve energy efficiency, industrial substitution and low emissions steel to assist industry and manufacturers in becoming more energy efficient.

The Greens will:

  • Secure and boost research funding.
  • Reverse Labor and Liberal cuts to universities and research programs.
  • Increase funding for STEM education.
  • Reverse years of funding cuts and prevent further cuts to the CSIRO.
  • Support women in science, providing funding for women in science and research as well as early to mid-career researchers.

Super-fast Broadband

Adam and the Greens are committed to a 21st Century NBN, finished with the best-choice technology.

  • We’ll stop the sell-off of the NBN and increase internet speeds.
  • Adam helped connect public housing tower blocks to the NBN and is pushing for faster roll outs in Melbourne.

Secure jobs

Growing job insecurity has meant that many people, like university workers and teachers, can’t plan their lives, because they don’t know from year to year if they’ll have a job. Adam has introduced legislation to Parliament to tackle job insecurity and continues to fight for job security in and outside of Parliament.

Education

Everyone should have access to high-quality public education, from childcare to schools to tertiary, no matter how much you can pay or where you live.

Education is opportunity, for people and the nation. It is central to a caring and prosperous society. It must be funded from early childhood, through to tertiary and lifelong learning.

The Greens will:

  • Fully implement the Gonski schools funding package, which will resource schools on the basis of need.
  • Invest $20.5 billion over the next 10 years to ensure every public school can meet the needs of all students.
  • Increase funding so schools can focus on the areas where resources are required, such as science, technology and Asian languages.
  • Support anti-bullying programs to ensure we have safe schools.

After years of government neglect, universities and TAFEs are under pressure and desperately need a funding boost.

Adam and the Greens will:

  • Abolish fees and bring back universal free TAFE and undergraduate university.
  • Always oppose any move to cut funding to tertiary institutions or increase costs for students.
  • Support university staff by linking funding to increases in security of their work.

 

More Creative Spaces

Ever noticed how many empty buildings there are? Wouldn't they be great places for a pop-up studio or shopfront? Adam and the Greens have a plan to work with landlords to make these buildings available rent-free as 'creative spaces' until a long-term tenant is found.

Fighting climate change

We are in a climate emergency and global warming threatens our way of life. This is the ‘critical decade’ and we must cut Australia’s emissions by 2030 or we will hit dangerous global warming tipping points.

The Greens will transform our energy system and bring down power bills by:

 

MOVING AUSTRALIA TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030.

100% renewables by 2030 isn't just possible, it's absolutely necessary. With 100% renewables we not only stop burning coal at home, but we help other parts of the economy like transport and industry decarbonise as well. 

PHASING OUT THERMAL COAL EXPORTS BY 2030 AND BANNING ALL NEW COAL AND GAS MINES, INCLUDING ADANI.

Australia’s biggest contribution the climate breakdown is coal exports. Approximately 80 per cent of the thermal coal we dig up is exported. All our coal damages our climate – no matter where it is burned. Adam and the Greens' plan will phase out thermal coal by setting a yearly limit on coal exports from 2020 reducing each year until a full-phase out in 2030.

RE-INTRODUCING A CARBON PRICE TO DRIVE DOWN POLLUTION.

Pollution has been continually rising since the carbon price was repealed by Tony Abbott. The Greens want the carbon price to pick up where it was trashed by Tony Abbott, mirroring the European price and driving innovation, clean investment and emissions reductions right across the entire economy.

PUSHING DOWN ENERGY COSTS BY RE-REGULATING POWER PRICES AND ESTABLISHING POWER AUSTRALIA, A PUBLICLY-OWNED ENERGY RETAILER.

The Greens will re-regulate power prices to ensure that price gouging of the energy retailers is brought under control. Some of the cheapest electricity in Australia is in jurisdictions where prices are regulated, not left up to the market.

Adam and the Greens' plan also re-establishes a government-owned public retailer, Power Australia, with a mandate to work in the public interest to deliver low cost energy and drive competition, rather than being just another market player scooping up super profits. By removing the need for profit and excessive advertising, an average family would save around two hundred dollars a year.

SUPPORTING APARTMENT RESIDENTS AND RENTERS TO ACCESS SOLAR POWER WITH NEIGHBOURHOOD SOLAR PROJECTS AND SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN SOLAR BY LANDLORDS.

The $1.2 billion Solar for All program will support landlords and apartment dwellers to install rooftop solar on their property or participate in local solar gardens. This will be a win-win for renters and landlords. People on low incomes and renters will benefit from lower power prices, including from the return on selling excess solar power to the grid.

As Australia floods, dries up and burns simultaneously, our politicians aren’t acting. This is because they protect the fossil fuel industry, an industry that has given them $8.2 million in political donations since 2012. You can trust Adam and the Greens to act on climate change.

 

Environment

The Australian Greens are committed to real protection and restoration of our environment, backed up by solid investment and a plan to make Australia a climate hero, not a climate villain. The environment has been ignored by successive governments. We are seeing mass species extinction, habitat loss and the degradation of our national landscape and waterways. It is time to give the environment the protection and value it deserves.

National Parks

Despite their name, National Parks are not protected by national laws. This means that they are vulnerable to moves by State governments to allow shooting, logging, grazing and development inside park boundaries. The Greens want National Parks protected by national laws.

Great Barrier Reef in peril

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage icon and a national treasure. But it’s under threat like never before: 50% of its coral cover has disappeared in the past 27 years and it is now threatened by climate change, pollution, and proposals for new and expanded coal and gas ports, requiring mass dredging to accommodate large ships. Adam and the Greens have a plan to protect the Reef.

Stronger national environment laws

A new generation of environmental laws will be introduced and overseen by a federal regulatory body with expanded responsibility and with real power to enforce the law. Crucially, this national Environment Protection Agency will operate at arm's length from politicians and lobbyists.

Animal justice

How we treat animals is a key indicator of a caring society. Adam has introduced legislation to end live exports and will continue to pursue this in the next Parliament.

Faster Broadband

Adam and the Greens support a model of cohesive, sustainable and effective high speed internet.

Sensible Planning

Growth in Melbourne must be appropriate and planned. Adam has worked with residents to stop inappropriate development.

Clean Up Politics

It’s time to take our democracy back and get the big corporations out of politics. Adam introduced the first ever bill for a Federal ICAC in the House of Representatives.

To return integrity to politics, Adam and the Greens will:

  • Establish a Federal anti-corruption watchdog (ICAC).
  • Ban political donations from toxic industries like tobacco, big developers and gambling.
  • Limit individual donations to politicians to $1,000 per year.
  • Ban politicians from taking cushy corporate lobbying jobs after they retire.
LABOR AND LIBERAL HAVE TAKEN OVER $100 MILLION FROM BIG CORPORATIONS IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

"UNLIKE THE OLD PARTIES, I CAN’T BE BOUGHT AND I WON’T SELL OUT."
– Adam Bandt