We emailed all minor parties stating our intent to preference transparently and democratically, each party was invited to reply with an invitation to Pirate Party members to preference their party. Explanation of our request, intent and the email we sent, is available in our press release here: https://pirateparty.org.au/2013/07/18/pirate-party-leads-the-way-with-transparent-preferencing/
Note: This response was submitted in Word .doc format. We have attempted to replicate the formatting below, however a PDF generated from the Word document is available here.
|Email response from the Australian Greens Party (Dated 23 July 2013)|
2013 FEDERAL ELECTION
The Pirate Party has requested any message or offer with regard to preference arrangements for the federal election. The Australian Greens request that the Pirate Party Australia direct preferences to Australian Greens candidates ahead of the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal Party of Australia and all other parties in Senate seats in all States & Territories and in the lower house electorate of Melbourne.
The Australian Greens have a publicly available policy platform which can be viewed here: http://greens.org.au/
Below we have collated aspects of our policies which overlap with the Pirate Party Australia’s Policy Platform. As the federal election campaign continues, the Australian Greens will release more policy initiatives you can keep in touch with our announcements here: http://greens.org.au/
In June 2013, the Greens tabled a bill on Copyright Reform which sought to remove obstacles for blind and visually impaired Australians accessing works in Braille, audio and large print formats, introduces a fair use defence, removes geocodes and provides a safe harbour for Australian libraries and universities. The Pirate Party issued a press release welcoming this: https://pirateparty.org.au/2013/06/27/pirate-party-supports-greens-fair-go-for-fair-use-bill/
The Greens and the Pirate Party shared a position against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, campaigns that succeeded in part due to solidarity among organisations, corporations and parties willing to acknowledge principles that are fundamental to both of our parties.
We are also supportive of various ways to increase the usage of generic medicines. This includes taking action against abuse of our patent system to extend protections on medicines – evergreening – and taking action in court to recover costs to the Commonwealth where evergreening has unfairly delayed the introduction of a generic medicine.
The Greens are active across the country on national days of action such as the 6 July PRISMbreak / pro-privacy demonstrations.
The Australian Greens believe that if a data breach occurs, the victim of that breach must be notified in order to minimise the harm caused and to restore the individual’s control over their personal information. The Greens also believe that all organisations which collect personal data must be transparent in their handling of data breaches and that mandatory notification scheme should be enforced so that non-compliance would be judged as an “interference with privacy” which would enable the individual who has suffered the breach and lack of notification to take remedial action if necessary.
The Australian Greens believe that privacy intrusive behaviour of social media services should be regulated to protect the individual’s privacy. Senator Ludlam objected to Google reading users email transactions in order to sell targeted advertising displayed alongside individuals Gmail accounts during the 2011 Greens-led inquiry into online privacy.
Just as warrants are required to enter your house, warrants should be required to access private information collected via computer networks and mobile phones. Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies, local governments and a wide variety of other agencies are accessing vast amounts of private data without a warrant. This information includes data about telephone calls that you have made, emails you have sent, information that you have accessed online, and detailed information about the location of your mobile telephone.
The Greens’ Telecommunications Amendment (Get A Warrant) Bill returns us to the normal warrant procedures which have served us well for decades.
Reform of democratic institutions (whistleblowers, FOI, political donations, electoral participation, petitions)
Freedom of Information
The Greens, and in particular former Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown, have been long term advocates of freedom of information reform. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has run a spirited campaign to include intelligence agencies within the scope of FOI legislation. He also successfully amended the National Broadband Network legislation to allow freedom of information requests to be made of the company running the network.
Ideally government agencies should be making more information publicly available as a matter of course. There is widespread community support for broad FOI laws that ensure accountability and transparency of government.
It is the policy of the Australian Greens that the current exemption granted to intelligence agencies from FOI legislation be repealed. In June, the old parties rejected a Greens amendment to define what information is subject to FOI, including salaries for MPs, electorate allowances, superannuation and services and facilities to support parliamentarians.
The Australian Greens agree that there should be prompt, comprehensive public disclosure of political donations and funding on a public website.
Digital Liberties (net neutrality, data retention, censorship)
In February 2013, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam tabled a petition by the Pirate Party on proposed changes to national security laws, including retention of data on Australians for up to two years. The Greens and the Pirate Party issued a joint press release on this occasion: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/data-retention-goes-back-underground-campaign-turns-heat
Both Parties concur that the struggle against data retention is delayed and not yet won. While it's ultimate defeat will again require collaborative approaches, efforts undertaken to highlight the human rights and civil liberties implications of the inquiry of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security have created the coalitions and awareness required for an ultimately successful campaign on the joint goal of preventing data retention.
The Australian Greens believe that the regulation of the Internet must be transparent, accountable and protective of privacy, freedom of speech and access to information. There is a fine line between ensuring cyber security and the regulation of illegal or dangerous content and jeopardising civil liberties and human rights - both online freedom and online security must be balanced carefully, otherwise both will be jeopardised.
The Australian Greens strenuously opposed the internet filter proposed by the government in 2010, rejected the scheme because it not only failed to protect children online but would also infringe upon all citizens’ right to privacy, setting a dangerous precedent for possible future internet censorship in Australia. The Australian Greens also definitively reject the data retention proposal for similar reasons.
Although the Greens acknowledge the need to allow intelligence and policing agencies to use data and communication interception methods if an individual is implicated in a crime and there is a warrant to do so, we do not condone the mandatory data retention of all citizens for up to two years, which would treat all Australians like suspects, not citizens. This approach of treating citizens as guilty until proven innocent reflects a broader militarisation of the internet which began after the 2001 September 11 attacks. The Greens believe that it is vital that Australia does not follow America’s lead of continuously reducing civil liberties and the privacy of their citizens in the name of national security.
In February this year Media and Communications spokesperson for the Greens, Senator Scott Ludlam, brought to the attention of the Senate that of the 5,463 submissions to the National Security Inquiry, 98.9% of submissions were decisively against the data retention proposal. Senator Ludlam also presented to the Senate a petition of 1447 signatures demanding the abandonment of the data retention scheme, and called on the government to heed the public’s serious concerns about the proposal.
In June 2013, Senator Ludlam introduced a Private Senators Bill, the Telecommunications Amendment (Get A Warrant) Bill 2013 that would return Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies to normal warrant procedures before accessing a person’s private data. The Australian people have a right to know the extent to which their Government has pursued a scheme for universal round-the-clock monitoring of our communications.
Support for Fibre-to-the-Premises Infrastructure Projects
As Australia transitions away from an economy based on resource-depletion, the Greens believe telecommunications will play an increasingly vital role. We will ensure these issues stay at the forefront in the run to the election, so that the risks of #fraudband remains uppermost in people's minds.
Bill of Rights
Australia is one of the few countries in the world without basic rights protected in the Constitution. This means fundamental human rights like our freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and protection from arbitrary imprisonment risk being trampled on. Enshrining a bill of rights in our Constitution would be a watershed in Australian history and would be an enormous step forward for democracy and progress.
We note that the Government has committed to reviewing the Australian Human Rights Framework in 2014 and urge that the terms of reference of this review include consideration of a Human Rights Act.
It is our policy for the global implementation of an international financial transactions tax (Tobin Tax) to discourage global currency speculation and to provide an independent revenue base to address global issues such as climate change and poverty alleviation.
The Australian Greens have the guts to be the voice of Australia’s poorest families. Our plan for a caring Australia puts the needs of people in poverty ahead of billionaire mining companies. The Greens plan to raise Newstart, reversing cuts to Parenting Payment, and reduce pressure on our most vulnerable families.
Energy (renewable energy grid, CSG)
Abolishing fossil fuel subsidies: In this critical decade of global warming, why are we shovelling more money into fossil fuel companies to make it cheaper to pollute? These billions of dollars are fuelling global warming by helping big mining corporations pay their fuel bills and get special tax treatment for exploration to pay for more fossil fuels.
The Greens are standing with the community, opposing the rapid expansion of coal seam gas.
It is not the time to set up another fossil fuel industry as the fossil fuel era comes to an end. Australia needs to focus on transitioning to renewable energy and away from emissions-intensive, environmentally destructive fossil fuels like coal seam gas.
Only the Australian Greens are prepared to stand up to the big coal and CSG mining companies and act to protect our climate, precious farmland and regional communities.
The Greens are fighting for:
Despite the lack of information about long-term impacts of CSG, Australian farmers still have no right to say no to CSG mining on their land. The Greens have introduced a bill to allow farmers to choose if they want to allow CSG on their property.
The Greens have also introduced a bill to protect water from CSG mining, which would empower the Environment Minister to consider impacts of mining on water when deciding on whether to approve projects under our national environmental laws.
The Greens believe foreign policy should facilitate peaceful relations between countries, increase Australia’s friendships and standing as a middle power and uphold the framework of international law, of which a key element is human rights. Regionally, Australia should help our near neighbours create healthy, educated, ecologically sustainable and democratic societies.
Only the Greens have the integrity and conviction to stand up for an independent foreign policy. Australia, as a wealthy nation, should provide care and support for less developed countries, particularly in our region, and contribute our “fair share” to poverty alleviation and long-term ecologically sustainable development.
The Greens want an independent Australian foreign policy that creates relationships with the rest of the world based on mutual respect. We recognise many of our major challenges will not be solved without unprecedented global cooperation between governments. Australia should act as a responsible global citizen, pursuing a legitimate national interest, not an excessively competitive or unilateral one that is indifferent to global concerns and interests.
The Australian Greens plan includes:
23 July 2013