The Democratic Reform Alliance draws on a range of transparency ideas already in the public domain and brings them into a coherent Platform. The Platform underpins the Democratic Reform Alliance’s political, electoral, parliamentary, media, and organising strategies.
The Platform is limited, reasonable, realistic, and popular, and places the Democratic Reform Alliance in the middle of the moderate political mainstream.
The Platform contains a limited number of policies grouped into four themes aimed at creating accountability and reducing corruption in the political system and providing greater opportunity for the participation of ordinary Australians in the governing of Australia.
The four themes address:
1. Politicians Entitlements and Accountability
2. Anti-corruption, Transparency, and Integrity
3. Campaign Funding and Expenditure
4. Political Participation
Core Principle 1: Non-Divisive
To be effective the Democratic Reform Alliance is seeking votes from people with opposing political and ideological affiliations.
Given individual Democratic Reform Alliance voters will have widely divergent views on divisive issues (including national security, migration and asylum seekers, education funding, energy reform, tax policy and tax cuts, banking regulation, drug law reform, feminism, free-speech, racism, welfare policy, indigenous affairs, gay marriage, overseas military engagement, the Republic, privatisation, the restructuring of the economy, the environment and carbon tax etc), the Democratic Reform Alliance avoids taking positions or addressing these and other controversial issues.
Adopting policies outside the core transparency agenda will limit the ability of the party to attract sufficient votes to make the party a success. In principle, the Democratic Reform Alliance will not adopt positions, and should not and cannot, adopt positions that divide the potential pool of voters.
This core political strategy is reflected without exception in its political, electoral, parliamentary, media, and organising strategies.
Core Principle 2: Non-controversial and non-partisan
The Democratic Reform Alliance’s Platform is strictly non-controversial; simply meaning it is not political in a partisan or ideological sense. Further, the Democratic Reform Alliance, does not take positions or advocate policies seen traditionally as the preserve of the left or right or the Liberal Party of Australia, the National Party of Australia, or the Australian Labor Party.
To engage with partisan politics will alienate voters and detract from Mission of restoring representation to the Australian people.