How It All Started
The idea for the Charter for Australia came about when Greg Twemlow became so totally frustrated with and cynical about the way the political class gives priority to their tenure in power rather than what's best for Australians. It seemed to Greg that politicians at all levels operate in a "guidance vacuum". Their decisions often taken in self interest and for special interests rather than transparently for the benefit of the citizenry.
The Charter for Australia doesn't replace the Constitution, which in effect is an opaque and cumbersome document as far as the average citizen is concerned.
The concept id that the Charter for Australia reflects in quite simple and transparent form, what matters to the people of Australia.
Charter for Australia
In 1901 Australia was formed as a Commonwealth and a Federal Constitution was proclaimed. The Constitution of Australia is the supreme law under which the government of the Commonwealth of Australia operates. The Constitution however and very importantly, does not provide a framework or a decision-making model that guides our Governments on decisions taken at all three levels, Federal, State and Local.
Australians deserve and need a Charter that acts as a framework for decisions taken by our elected representatives, corporations and all people whose decisions affect large numbers of Australians.
Acknowledgment, support, protection and promotion of the original culture that developed in Australia over tens of thousands of years along with a formal treaty, modeled on New Zealand's Waitangi Treaty.
Our environment must sustain and be sustainable. No person or group or organizational entity is entitled to do anything that harms our increasingly fragile environment.
Medical, dental and mental health services must be available to all Australians.
Children are protected, loved and given equal opportunities.
A level playing field to ensure we all get to maximize our potential through acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies. Lifelong learning is encouraged and funded.
For those people who enter politics there is a simple test: the decisions you take are transparent and always made to reinforce the Charter for Australia. Failure to declare conflicts of interest result in being banned from involvement in politics.
Policing is conducted to support the principles of the Charter for Australia.
An fundamental right for every Australian.
Corruption is a cancer and is not tolerated.
Exploitation of Australia's finite mineral resources must be on the basis of a substantial monetary contribution being made to Government revenue that is held in trust for future generations.
Australian citizens own their data and do not give any form of automatic rights to companies to exploit or misuse their data. Data privacy must be guaranteed by any person or entity that holds personal information.
Decisions taken by the current generation cannot harm the prospects of future generations. This is based on the fact that future generations have rights to be born into a country espoused in the Charter for Australia.
Strong borders must be maintained.