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Climate crisis 

The government needs to take the climate science as seriously as it has taken the coronavirus science.  

While we’ve rightly been focused on responding to COVID-19, the climate crisis that drove the devastating bushfires early this year has not gone away.

We are still facing an existential climate crisis that threatens human civilisation and our government must start paying attention. 

We call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency, and you can too. 

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Declaring a climate emergency means recognising that the climate crisis is the fight of our lives, it puts action on climate change at the centre of all government policy and planning decisions and it begins the whole of government and whole of society mobilisation effort required to protect Australia’s people and ecology.

Our plan to tackle the climate crisis: 

  • Lead the world on climate action by phasing out coal stations, exports and legislating against new coal mines.
  • Achieve 100% renewable energy by funding a massive investment in infrastructure that will transform our energy system.
  • 180,000 jobs established by creating new industries, jobs and supply chains right across the economy.
  • Reduce bills by $200 a year by creating a publicly owned energy provider and subsidising investment in solar power and batteries.
  • Build a multi-billion dollar clean energy export industry to replace coal exports.
  • Create a $1 billion fund to retain, upskill and invest in workers and local communities so no one is left behind.

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Protecting our environment 

The Morrison Government is taking a chainsaw to our environment protection laws. Our natural environment is in crisis - logging, mining and climate change are polluting our environment and pushing our native animals to extinction.

But it’s about to get even worse. The Morrison Government is trying to push through new laws that will make it easier for mining companies and big developers to get approval for projects that will damage our environment even more. The government is slashing environment protections so big corporations can make more profits.

The Greens will: 

  • Fund a science-based, national Environmental Protection Agency with strong powers.
  • Pass a new generation of environmental laws.
  • Create an $8 billion Environment Future Fund to save natural heritage.
  • Create the Great Forest National Park right on Melbourne’s doorstep.
  • Grow a domestic recycling industry and phase out single-use plastics to fix the waste crisis 
  • Ensure animal justice by ending live exports, cruel factory farming practices and improve labelling laws for free range products 

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World class public services 

We should all have access to high quality, free health care & education, affordable housing and a strong social safety net that looks after us when we are out of work, as we age or if we have a disability.

But for decades, Liberal and Labor governments have sold us out by giving massive tax handouts and subsidies to their big corporate donors, instead of investing in the public services that we all need. It’s about choices and priorities – and time after time, they’ve let us down by cutting services and making us pay more and more for the things that used to be free.

So while big corporate profits are soaring and 1 in 3 of the largest corporations pay no tax, the rest of us are left paying more or waiting longer to get help. No wonder more and more people across our community are stressed and struggling to make ends meet.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Greens have a plan to: 

  • Introduce Medicare of the future: a truly universal health care system that includes dental and mental health 
  • Make Childcare Free, permanently. 

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  • #RaiseTheRate of JobSeeker, for good. 

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  • Stop uni fee hikes and instead provide free TAFE and Uni. 

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  • Fully fund public schools 
  • Guarantee access to aged care services and ensure there is an aged care workforce for the future 
  • Treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. 

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Tackling inequality 

Standing up for single parents

Adam and the Greens will increase payments to single parents.

  • The Greens will allow single parents to earn more income before having their payments cut.
  • We have a plan to allow single parents to request flexible work

Paid parental leave 

Adam and the Greens have successfully protected existing paid parental leave.

  • We will extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks, paid at higher than the current rate.

Rebuilding the future for young people 

Young people are being hit hard by the economic fallout of COVID-19.

Experts now fear years of debt and unemployment are ahead for the young. And it wasn't like things were easy before. You’ve been locked out of the housing market, you’re paying a million dollars for rent and getting by with only patchy, unreliable work.

Under our plan, people under 30 will be guaranteed:

  • A free place at uni or TAFE, or an apprenticeship or traineeship, so that you can pursue your passion;
  • An income you can actually live on;
  • A secure and decent job if you want one, working on one of our exciting, planet-saving, nation-building programs in the industries that will tackle the climate emergency and build a more creative, and caring society.

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A fairer, more equal community 

All of us deserve to feel safe and to have equal opportunities in life, no matter our background, ability, gender, sexuality, income or postcode.

To ensure a safe, equal world for all, we can’t let a few powerful voices turn us against each other or divide us based on where we come from, who we love or what we look like.

But both Liberal and Labor governments have cynically pitted members of our community against each other. They’ve introduced and aggressively championed policies that exclude or vilify people just because of who they are - divisive policies like allowing schools to discriminate against gay teachers, unbelievably cruel policies like locking refugee children up in offshore detention indefinitely, or discriminatory policies that result in First Nations children locked up in jail at ten times the rate of non-Indigenous children. They’ve eroded everyone’s fundamental rights, including our right to privacy and digital freedoms.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Greens will always advocate  for our rights, champion diversity and call out discrimination, bias and bigotry. We will make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a good life, free from discrimination.

Our plan: 

  • Work with First Nations Peoples, to establish a path for sovereignty and treaties and to close the gap · 
  • Close offshore detention and create a safe pathway for people who seek our help 
  • Champion diversity in our communities
  • Ensure equality for women in all aspects of society, including at work 
  • Stamp out systemic racism and hate speech
  • Make Australia accessible and fully fund the NDIS 
  • Ensure LGBTIQ+ people have full equality under the law and in our communities 
  • Create a charter of rights 
  • Make Australia a good global citizen, by supporting peace and demilitarisation 

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A home for all

What we love about Melbourne is increasingly coming under threat. Inequality is rising. Most of us can’t afford to buy a home and renters are getting squeezed out. It’s time to fight to keep Melbourne liveable.

Our plan: 

  • Sensible planning: growth in Melbourne must be appropriate and planned. Adam has worked with residents to stop inappropriate development. 
  • Affordable housing: Federal and state governments have dropped the ball on affordable housing, leaving millions of Australians battling with increased costs. 
  • Public housing for all: build 500,000 new public and community housing dwellings to tackle the public housing wait list and create new jobs 
  • Renters rights: cap rents and increase renters’ rights, including European-style long term leases 
  • Tackle homelessness: The Greens will build affordable homes and provide $500 million per year for transitional housing and crisis services. 
  • Make our buildings safe: we’ll keep up the pressure to ensure urgent action to fix deadly flammable cladding. 

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World class public transport

Fixing Melbourne's Transport infographic

For decades, dysfunctional Liberal and Labor governments have failed to plan ahead and meet the demands of our growing city. Rather than build public transport infrastructure to meet community need, our city and transport options are being decided by corporations and big toll road companies, whose donations corrupt the policies of the major parties. 

Our plan prioritises clean, safe, affordable public and active transport.

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Public ownership not privatisation 

Privatisation has failed us. It’s led to huge profits for big corporations but less reliable services and increased costs for the rest of us.

Our plan will ensure everyone has access to the services they need, stop you getting ripped off by big corporations, immediately reduce your bills, make services more reliable and kick off a rapid, planned transition to renewable energy to tackle climate change.

  • Create a not-for-profit energy retailer to kick off the transition to renewable energy 
  • Cap power prices and buy back essential electricity infrastructure 
  • Create a not-for-profit bank to end the rorts and bring down prices 
  • Break up the big banks and cap executive pay 
  • Oppose the sell-off of the NBN and upgrade it to the best technology for fast and reliable services 
  • Reverse the privatisation of the public sector and restore public service jobs 

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Jobs and training of the future

All of us should have access to meaningful, secure work so we don’t struggle to make ends meet and we have the freedom to do more of the things we love. And while most of us have to work to live, we should never be living just to work. 

Employment in Australia is changing rapidly. Some of us are stuck working too many hours, while many of us can’t find enough work. Jobs are less secure, wages are flatlining and small businesses are getting squeezed by big business and their mates in the government.

To protect your rights at work, the Greens will: 

  • Increase the minimum wage to a living wage of at least 60% of the median wage
  • Tackle job insecurity and the challenge of automation, casualisation and the gig economy
  • Reverse penalty rate cuts and enshrine penalty rates in law
  • Support small and medium-sized businesses to lower their energy costs and ensure small business pays less tax than big business

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Respect research

Melbourne is home to world-leading science and research. However, governments routinely threaten funding cuts to this vital industry.

The Greens will:

  • Secure and boost research funding to 4% of GDP 
  • Support women in science
  • Reverse Labor and Liberal cuts to universities and research programs
  • Increase funding for STEM education

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Make tax fair

Right now our economy doesn’t work for us. Big corporations are using their influence and their political donations to gain more and more for themselves, while many people across our communities are struggling to afford a roof over their head or to put food on the table.

Since 2012, both Liberal and Labor governments have taken over $100 million from big corporates and in return, they’ve sold our public assets to those vested interests, protected their record profits and left big loopholes in our tax system, to the point where 1 in 3 of the biggest corporations pay no tax at all.

That’s not good economic management. That’s economic injustice.

Our plan to make the economy work for all of us: 

  • Introduce a super profits tax on the oil, gas and mining giants that operate in uncompetitive markets and with huge tax advantages 
  • End the billions in corporate handouts from government 
  • Make big corporations pay for their pollution, instead of getting government handouts 
  • Close the tax avoidance system, to stop giant multinationals dodging their tax bill 
  • Reverse the big tax cuts to shareholders and the super wealthy 

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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.

The Liberal and Labor parties have taken over $100 million from big corporations since 2012. 

They're incapable of delivering a better future for all of us because they are beholden to the property developers, big banks, and mining giants that hand them donations in return for secret meetings and favourable decisions worth billions, with no transparency or accountability.

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

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Beyond Covid-19 towards a Green New Deal


This wasn't the 2020 most of us had imagined. COVID-19 has knocked us sideways and shut down the global economy.

By working together and listening to scientists and health experts, we’ve held off the health disaster we’ve seen in other countries.

But what we do next will shape our lives for decades to come.  

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were staring down the climate crisis and supercharged economic inequality. For many people, things haven’t been easy for a very long time. 

These problems were being left unaddressed by a government that prioritised profit for big businesses instead of people. But they can’t cut their way out of this pandemic or the climate crisis – that will cause economic damage and make people’s everyday lives harder. 

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Invest in sustainable, productive infrastructure 

The time has come to build our way out of the economic and climate crises we find ourselves in. With large scale investment in productive, sustainable infrastructure and local manufacturing we can create good, steady jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, make sure everyone has a home, while building the green infrastructure to move us to a cleaner economy and a fairer society.

Here’s our plan:

    • 100% renewable energy, setting the course for 100% renewables by 2030
    • High speed rail & better public transport, creating new jobs and kickstarting Australia’s green steel industry 
    • Reboot the waste and recycling industry, creating thousands of jobs and cleaning up our local environment 
    • Nature fund, creating 13,000 jobs while tackling the climate and environment emergencies 

Manufacturing Revival 

It is time for Australia to make things again. We can rebuild manufacturing in Australia, not as it was but as it could be. The Greens would establish a Manufacturing Australia Fund to modernise and expand Australian manufacturing and support the shift to clean, green manufacturing through multiple green industry programs including re-establishing the Clean Technology Innovation Program, scrapped by Tony Abbott. We’d be building the clean energy revolution right here in our backyard.

  • Green steel: The Greens would invest in research and development to find a low-emissions way of making steel 
  • Back Australian made to support Australian manufacturing and grow jobs 
  • Publicly owned vaccines to boost our vaccine capability 

Jobs & Income Guarantee

The Greens will put in place a Jobs and Income Guarantee by:

  • Investing in job-creating industry programs and infrastructure, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of apprenticeships;
  • Keeping the increase to income payments, including JobSeeker and Youth Allowance, and extending eligibility;
  • Extending JobKeeper eligibility and ensuring we don’t cut off funding before the economy is ready; and
  • Putting in place a Next Gen Guarantee for people under 30 that will give you free education, an income you can live on, or a guaranteed, decent job if you want it.

Next Gen Guarantee 

Under our plan, people under 30 will be guaranteed:

  • A free place at uni or TAFE, or an apprenticeship or traineeship, so that you can pursue your passion;
  • An income you can actually live on;
  • A secure and decent job if you want one, working on one of our exciting, planet-saving, nation-building programs in the industries that will tackle the climate emergency and build a more creative, and caring society.

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Grow the care the care economy 

It is critical that Australia grow our care economy and the care and education workforce including in aged care, disability support and childcare. The government desperately needs to recognise the essential role that carers and educators play in our society and our economy. The Greens plan will create at least 105,000 new jobs by investing in: 

  • Universal Childcare
  • Disability Care 
  • First Nations Care 
  • Aged Care 

Invest in people

  • Save Creative Australia with a tailored package for our arts and creative industry 
  • Build Affordable Homes tackling the homelessness crisis while creating new jobs 
  • Invest in skills, education and researc 

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