Tuesday, 18 November 2014

4 Pillars, Policies and MPs

Greens Pillars, Policies and MPs

The Greens run on a platform of four pillars:

- Social Justice

- Ecological Sustainability

- Peace and non-violence

- Grassroots democracy

What exactly does this mean?

Social Justice

The Greens believe in justice for all and no discrimination.  We work to ensure the strong cannot abuse the weak and that all gain a fair go irrespective of financial status, religion, sexual preference or gender,

Policies including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderseducation, juvenile justiceolder peoplewomen and social equality fit under the social justice pillar.

In the State Election 2015 we'll be highlighting items such as a 'Fair Go' for TAFE.  We oppose cuts to TAFE funding and the plans to redirect TAFE money to private providers,  We also believe in the Gonski recommendations and we'll stand up to the Federal Government to ensure they are delivered in NSW.  We very much support the retention of public assets and we would like to see more support of local food producers, local industries and small business. We also support our local health services, particularly emergency departments and services for rural residents.  Public transport has not been forgotten with a need for improved services for residents that rely on public services.

Ecological sustainability.
There is no planet B and The Greens are firm believers in the philosophy of ensuring we maintain our environment in a sustainable way that protects species, including the human race.  The suggestion that the economy and environment are somehow separate is really totally illogical.  Without an environment there is no economy.

Policies in this area include air qualitybiodiversity and wetlands.


The Nationals like to suggest The Greens are anti forestry, fishing and mining.  This isn't the case.  What The Greens are for is sustainable industries and that communities are heard about what they want with regard to the environments they live in.

In the State Election 2015 we'll be working towards a 'Fair Go' for Future Generations and our environment.  We feel CSG mining is simply too risky and that other forms of mining need to be responsible and not affect the sensitive environment and agricultural areas around Coffs Harbour.  We want to see our existing marine reserves protected and we want to see an end to unsustainable deforestation.

Peace and non-violence
The Greens do not believe that violence is a solution to any issue.  Over the years Ghandi and also The Quaker movement have figured in discussions in this area.  The Greens prefer to find diplomatic solutions to war and to reduce the proliferation of weapons as a means to reduce violence in the world.

Policies include firearms

In the State Election 2015 we believe addressing social inequality with a 'Fair Go' for all may assist towards reductions in domestic violence and ultimately violence in society as a whole. Supporting the vulnerable and, of course, prioritising refuge and housing, along with health and education opportunities etc. are critical for empowering people and subsequently providing all members of our community alternatives to crime and violence to survive and prosper as part of a more cohesive community.

Grassroots democracy
Though Christine Milne is seen as the leader of The Greens at a federal level, have you noticed that we have no specific leader in NSW?  At all levels we have spokespeople for various areas.  The philosophy of The Greens is to keep the power at the grassroots level, rather than it accumulating in the leadership. As a local member you can have a real say in our direction.

Policies include democracy, participation and elections

In our State campaign we'll be highlighting the need for a 'fair go' for clean politics!  Only The Greens are free of the influence of corporate donations. We'd like to see an end to politicians rorts and favours for mates as well as securing the future for ICAC.  We need to restore integrity and confidence in Government.  Greens Charter of Clean Politics

Our candidate, Craig Christie has endorsed Planning for People.  We would like to see the excessive influence of developers removed from local council decisions.

NSW Greens MPs

The Greens have 6 MPs at a state level, Jan BarhamJeremy BuckinghamMehreen Faruqi,John Kaye and David Shoebridge in the upper house and Jamie Parker, member for Balmain in the lower house.  Learn which speaks for which area here:
http://nsw.greens.org.au/nsw-mps for more information about each and the areas they speak for.

See all the NSW Greens policies here.
NSW Greens Policies