The Australian Greens believe that:
- All citizens have the right and the responsibility to participate in and to equally access the processes of government.
- An egalitarian democracy requires that all people are treated equally.
- The Constitution must recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia's first peoples and their rights as owners, and their enduring connections between lands, water and culture of Australia, and acknowledge the past injustices that have been done since European occupation.
- The Constitution should express our aspirations as a community and define our rights and responsibilities as individuals and as members of the community.
- Parliament is the central authority of representative and responsible government.
- The composition of Parliament should reflect the diversity of opinion within society.
- Government decisions should, where appropriate, be made by the level of government that is closest to the people affected.
- Australia should become a republic with an Australian head of state.
The Australian Greens want:
- Our rights and responsibilities to be set out in, and protected by, law.
- An Australian Bill of Rights.
- Constitutional recognition of Australia's cultural diversity, and the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original and ongoing residents of Australia and their rights as the traditional owners of the land.
- Constitutional recognition of the powers and responsibilities of local government.
- Parliament to be more democratic and representative of the Australian population.
- A strong Senate that can always act as a house of review.
- Increased independence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.
- Electoral reforms that would enable:
- all Australian citizens over the age of 16, including those who are incarcerated, to be eligible to vote;
- proportional representation in the House of Representatives and local government;
- fixed terms of Parliament;
- amendment of section 44 of the Constitution to allow any public servant who has no conflict of interest, and Australian citizens with dual nationality, to stand for election to Federal Parliament; and
- electoral funding reform that provides for:
- public funding of political parties and candidates for election campaigns and for the administration of political parties, to be set at a level that ensures proper democratic participation by voters and reduces corporate influence on political decisions; and
- bans on political donations from for-profit corporations and caps on individual political donations, excluding bequests, and donations from not for profit organisations; and
- caps on electoral expenditure by parties and candidates and strict limits on third party expenditure: and
- prompt, comprehensive public disclosure of political donations and funding on a public website.
- For a period of at least two years following their term, Ministers not to be engaged in a private enterprise which raises a conflict or particular benefit from their role and connections developed as a Minister.
- A reduction in the deposit required to stand for election to Parliament to remove financial barriers to democratic participation.