15 Goals of Australian Real Progressives

As we said yesterday, it’s about issues, not the cult of personality or cult of party partisanship.  Any politician or party that moves towards one or more of our goals will receive our support.


1. A Federal Job Guarantee to act as a safety net – an end to underemployment and insecure employment. The FJG also serves as a superior stabilisation and counter-inflationary mechanism, if it is designed appropriately;

2. An explicit target to reduce inequality by providing Housing Security, Energy Security, Food Security, Social & Retirement Security, Health Security, Childcare Security and Job Security and Communication Security (telecommunications: phone, mobile, Internet);

3. Major public housing investments and re-orientating the housing market to prioritize owner-occupiers over speculative property investments;

4. Increasing and extending the state pension;

5. Zero fee training and higher education;

6. Cancellation of student debt;

7. A Commonwealth Employment Service (CES), charged with anticipating and planning for changes in regional economies, providing input into an industrial policy aimed at maintaining similar jobs;

8. A re-regulated banking system;

9. A rethinking of fiscal and monetary policy an explicit reliance on fiscal policy for stabilisation, supported by the FJG.

10. Massive public investment in renewables;

11. Phasing out of coal, but with a just transition for workers (see FJG);

12. Construction of fast rail between all eastern capital cities;

13. Major investment in public transport;

14. A rapid transition to electric vehicles; and

15. A regulation-based, and public-ownership based, approach to a much more rapid reduction in carbon emissions

All these together help Australians improve their Well-being, Inclusion and Social and Emotional engagement with other Australians.  It balances, enhances and restores the Australian principle of mateship and the fair go.  It is a WISE idea.

What is an Australian Real Progressive?

We have been at this for a while now and in case it was unclear what better day to show what Australian Real Progressives is all about – on May Day – global labour day.

You might be an Australian Real Progressive if:

You understand that the system as it is today does not work for most Australians.

You understand that to “have a go to get a go” means that millions will be left behind. It is the exact opposite of what a real progressive is.

You realised it’s about issues, not the cult of personality or cult of party partisanship.

You understand it’s not about going along with the crowd.

You understand that if we don’t speak out no one will.

You care more about what you do than what you say.

We have a stomach for the truth.

Major Issues we believe:

  • We believe Healthcare is a right – including dental care;

  • We believe education is a right;

  • We believe in taking care of the environment;

  • We believe in taking care of our weakest citizens;

  • We believe everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment;

  • We believe in war as a very last resort;

  • We believe in due process;

  • We believe in deterrent and rehabilitation not punishment for punishment’s sake;

  • We believe in not letting corporations take over our country;

  • We stand against the drug war;

  • We believe that everyone should be able to use their voice;

  • We don’t tear people down, we build them up;

  • We believe in a system of justice that works for everyone;

  • We believe ALL people are equal and that no discrimination should exist;

  • We believe in making amends with the First Nations people;

  • We believe in participating in democracy;

  • We believe in living, learning and understanding;

  • We believe in better

You can see this in our motto and mantra:

courage, compassion and connection!

Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.