RepresentUs Australia, (the think tank) exists to support a political movement, the RepresentUs - Australia - Movement, which in the first instance will focus on facilitating Independent Community Representatives in our Common Wealth Parliament. Independent Community Representative candidates who are committed to a shared and sustainable national policy vision that nurtures our open and democratic society for the greater good. Independent Community Representatives who truly believe in representing their communities - not vested interests or narrow personal or ideological agendas - that have the welfare of our families, our communities, our nation - and our planet - at heart.
RepresentUs Australia will achieve this objective by facilitating the development of independent representative state and territory organisations, which the RepresentUs - Australia - Movement is comprised of. These independent state and territory organisations will in turn provide the necessary infrastructure - and support - for Independent Community Representative candidates to effectively campaign for representative roles in our Common Wealth Parliament. Each Independent Community Representative will have its own infrastructure, organisation and volunteeers to support their candidate. After this first stage of the movement has been successfully launched at the next Federal election, the RepresentUs movement aims to expand into state and territory and local government campaigns.
Australia is a wealthy country. Yet we have millions of Aussies living in poverty and hundreds of thousands of them being kids under fifteen. RepresentUs Australia is here to draw a line in the sand - to actively support the rights of all Australians - to a fair go. RepresentUs Australia aims to make sure that ALL Australians are authentically independently represented, including those communities that have been lied to, ignored, violated, damaged - and beaten down - by successive major political parties that have failed to represent them.
Our current and past representatives in our common wealth government and their policies have amounted to waging a war against the poor. The INDEPENDENT representatives, (who are central to the RepresentUs Movement) will be in our Common Wealth Parliament to wage a war on poverty not the poor and Aussie battlers. They are united by this core objective along with a number of other important public policy goals which you can see if you click here
The power of us - the people - is far more powerful than the people in power. If all of you who visit this website join the RepresentUs Movement, there is nothing we cannot achieve together.
Our community believes that our representatives in our Common Wealth Parliament should be fearless champions of open and democratic society. They should be wise stewards of our common wealth and tireless in rejecting corruption of any form - in any place - including Canberra. Our elected representatives should be independent of any vested interests other than the people that voted for them to be their representatives. RepresentUs Australia also believes our independent representatives should be united by a shared positive vision of the future - based on what is best for the families and the communities they represent - and our nation.
Economics is a contested discipline. Economists cannot agree on how the economy really works and over the last 100 years they have changed their mind about how the economy works and how to manage it. Fortunately there are a global group of economists who are not ideologically blinkered, who stick to the data and the facts of how a modern economy works, to understand it, and manage it more effectively. This school of economics is called Modern Monetary Theory and it is the intellectual counter punch to neoliberal mythology.
MMT economists have charted a clear way for the economy to be managed for the benefit of all.
The body of knowledge the global MMT school of economists have produced allows us to reject the blatantly false and self-serving Neoliberal theory foisted upon a trusting public by our so-called representatives. This ideologically driven Neoliberal mis-representation includes the absurd notion that a government that issues – or creates - its own currency is budget constrained – it isn’t.
What would you do if you learned that the government's budget does not decide how much it can spend? What would you do?
The RepresentUs Movement acknowledges the inalienable rights of the First Nations Peoples and the fact that they never ceded sovereignty over their land.