Policy at Net Effect is formed a little differently from the usual Australian political parties. Our policy platform is a living, breathing entity, decided on by all the Members of Net Effect, not just a small caucus.
We have only one stipulation at Net Effect - policy must be in line with the Party Constitution, our most important document and the one that defines us as a political party. We aim to be an open, tolerant party and as such have no time for those who would seek to disrupt those ideals.
Here is a list of our broad policies as they currently stand in our Constitution. For the latest policy decisions you are best served by visiting our forum and seeing our policy formation in action.
All Australians should have universal access to timely, medically necessary health services, regardless of financial status.
All Australians should have free access to primary and secondary education, and all Australians should have access to tertiary education based solely on merit.
We endorse the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and will work to ensure they are upheld by our national laws.
We will make no distinction in law to any person regarding, but not limited to, race, colour, sex, sexuality, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or any other status.
We support the development of clean, renewable energy sources as a primary focus of our energy based society.
We will use as little non-renewable resources as possible in disseminating our documentation, keeping it in electronic format to save paper except where absolutely necessary.
We discourage paper based letters and petitions, and will provide online alternatives to facilitate communication between the public and the Party wherever practical.
We support the maintenance of a well equipped defensive military force for the protection of our national territories and sovereign interests.
We oppose unilateral armed action by our defence forces unless needed to actively defend our soil from invading forces. We will only support overseas action on the basis of United Nations resolutions that also adhere to our laws of armed combat.
We oppose any law that discriminates between the online and digital media rights of citizens compared to their existing offline rights.
We support the retention of the telecommunications infrastructure in public hands so that all may benefit equally from this important resource.
We believe that all Australians should have access to the Internet where practical, regardless of financial status.
We believe that government business should, where possible, be conducted using open and public standards to assist in the free interchange of information.
We support the right of all citizens to be anonymous online and explicitly reject any attempt to track citizen behaviour not consistent with existing offline laws concerning privacy.
We are against censorship of all media, speech and expression. We recognise the right of the individual to see and hear what they wish, free of government or public influence.
We aim to preserve a fair and independent voice in all forms of media, and ensure that corporate or government interests do not result in the suppression of dissenting views.
We oppose any one person or company controlling a majority stake of any form of media, or having influences across more than one medium.
We specifically forbid the government from attempting to exert any editorial influence over the media.
We support full freedom of information in all government business not meeting any national security criteria, and where national security is concerned, we advocate an independent government oversight committee with the necessary clearances and strong powers to examine all classified material and report back to the public any breaches of law.