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THREE: an economy for the people


Australia’s economy serves our people and the planet.

Our government makes decisions that put people first: decisions that are good for nature, lift people out of poverty and fairly share our country’s wealth.

Everyone contributes taxes so we can have the country we want. The system is fair and there are no loopholes; corporations give back to our common wealth too. We all play by the same set of rules, contributing according to our means.

Our governments deliver the things ordinary people care most about. We have peace of mind knowing that all our children can receive a quality education from the local public school. Our universities and TAFEs are there for all students, not just the fortunate. We trust that our health, transport and other essential services are well funded and up to the task.

Those running our essential services are accountable to the public. We respect the role of business, but do not allow government to shirk its responsibility to provide for the common good. Private corporations contribute to our country, they do not own it, or insert a profit motive where none belongs.

Here, everyone has the right to a roof over their heads and food on the table. Strong, respected and well-funded public support systems enforce this right. It is a comfort to know that in good times and in hard times, we can have the essential things we need. People and families struggling to make ends meet are not degraded, diminished, demonised or driven into poverty. We support each other. It is who we are as a nation.