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:
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.
Adam and the Greens are committed to a 21st Century NBN, finished with the best-choice technology.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam and the Greens support a model of cohesive, sustainable and effective high speed internet.
Growth in Melbourne must be appropriate and planned. Adam has worked with residents to stop inappropriate development.
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.