The Charter of the Australian Greens

Reflecting an awareness of the interrelatedness of all ecological, social and economic processes the general principles of The Greens are:

  • Ecology
    • a) To ensure that human activity respects the integrity of ecosystems and does not impair biodiversity and ecological resilience of life-supporting systems.
    • b) To encourage the development of a consciousness that respects the value of all life.
  • Democracy
    • a) To increase opportunities for public participation in political, social and economic decision making.
    • b) To break down inequalities of wealth and power which inhibit participatory democracy.
  • Social justice
    • a) To eradicate poverty by developing initiatives that address the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty.
    • b) To provide affirmative action to eliminate discrimination based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, sexuality, or membership of a minority group.
    • c) To introduce measures that redress the imbalance of wealth between rich and poor.
  • Peace
    • a) To adopt and promote the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
    • b) To develop an independent, nonaligned foreign policy and a non-nuclear, defensive, self-reliant defence policy.
  • An ecologically sustainable economy
    • a) To develop economic policies that will ensure greater resource and energy efficiency and development and use of environmentally sustainable technologies.
    • b) To reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and ensure sustainable use of renewable resources.
    • c) To adopt more comprehensive social, environmental and technology assessment practices.
    • d) To facilitate socially and ecologically responsible investment.
  • Meaningful Work
    • a) To encourage, develop and assist work that is safe, fairly paid, socially useful, personally fulfilling and not harmful to the environment.
    • b) To encourage and facilitate more flexible work arrangements (such as job sharing, part-time work, self-employment), on-going education, training and social welfare (including child-care) so that more people can engage in meaningful work.
  • Culture
    • a) To respect and protect ethnic, religious, racial diversity.
    • b) To recognise the cultural requirements of the original Australians and to assist in ensuring the achievement of Aboriginal land rights and self- determination.
  • Information
    • a) To facilitate a free flow of information between citizens and all tiers of government..
    • b) To ensure that Australians have the benefit of a locally responsible, diverse, democratically controlled and independent mass media.
  • Global responsibility

To promote equity between nations and peoples by:

    • a) facilitating fair trading relationships.
    • b) providing for increased development assistance and concerted international action to abolish Third World Debt
    • c) providing increased green technology transfer and skills to developing countries
    • d) opposing human rights abuses and political oppression
    • e) ensuring that Australia plays an active role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability.
  • Long-term future focus
    • a) To avoid action which might risk long-term or irreversible damage to the environment.
    • b) To safeguard the planet's ecological resources and values on behalf of future generations.


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