1. Integrity Pact
The Democratic Reform Alliance will seek to facilitate an Integrity Pact with the minor parties and independents to the effect that no matter who is elected, members of the Integrity Pact will commit to the Democratic Reform Alliance Parliamentary strategy in relation to negotiations with the majority party.
Specifically, Integrity Pact members will provide conditional support to the Government in relation to confidence motions and budget bills in the first 100 days of the Parliament in return for the passage of the transparency and accountability legislative agenda. Independents and minor parties who do not agree to the Pact will be branded as complicit with the major parties.
Preferences may be exchanged with other parties and independents who sign on to the Pact, with electors instructed to vote for their particular party first, Democratic Reform Alliance second, and to put the Liberal or Labor parties last at their discretion.
Democratic Reform Alliance preferences may be directed according to a transparency matrix, on a seat by seat basis, or randomly across the minor parties.
2. Developing new political constituencies
The Democratic Reform Alliance will use social media and modern media to create new connections between people and use the Internet to facilitate stable institutional organisation and political participation.
The Democratic Reform Alliance aims to unite new political constituencies behind the transparency agenda by creating popular narratives critical of the major parties and existing institutional arrangements. Channelling anger at the abuse of politician’s entitlements is the key driver of the discussion. The party aims to be a disruptor of current political practice and a disruptor of the role of money in politics.
Its major negative narrative will focus on the historic abuse of parliamentary entitlements and ethical failings of current and former politicians. Each naming of a particular abuse by a particular politician belonging to a particular party will coalesce into a call for the reforms outlined in the Democratic Reform Alliance Platform.
The Democratic Reform Alliance's target voters include ordinary every day Australians who are disaffected with the direction of politics, including, for example, swinging voters, people who have previously voted for right wing or other micro parties, disaffected Labor and Liberal voters, academics and the liberal intelligentsia, both the gay community and anti-gay right wing Christians, main stream churches, Greens, multicultural Australia, regional and country voters, and union members.
3. Working with civil society organisations and social movements
There are thousands of community groups, civil associations, social movements, unions, churches, businesses, business groups, professional associations, think tanks, blogs, journals, independent news publications, that have no representation through or connection with the major parties and little access to political power but who have a membership database and some access to the media.
The Democratic Reform Alliance’s core mission neither competes with nor contradicts the missions of the social and civil society organisations but complements their public advocacy roles.
The Democratic Reform Alliance seeks to work with these organisations by providing them and their memberships with a complementary parliamentary strategy that would ultimately enhance their respective abilities to influence government policy.
The Democratic Reform Alliance seeks to provide parliamentary leadership to these groups, and the millions of Australians are signed up to them who currently have little representation in the Parliament. The Democratic Reform Alliance seeks to become the parliamentary wing of the social movements, providing a critique of money politics and a viable strategy for overcoming the blockages that prevent organisations from achieving their stated aims.
4. Working with the producers of ideas
The Democratic Reform Alliance would propose to work with academics, the arts industry, journalists and the media to facilitate research into issues close to the Democratic Reform Alliance agenda. The Democratic Reform Alliance will seek to work with authors and publications to commission and coordinate research and articles exploring themes of political corruption and implicitly promote the agenda of the party.
The Democratic Reform Alliance would seek to produce content in the form of media articles and press releases focussing on matters relevant to the narratives and party strategies. The will produce weekly publications emailed to the membership intended to directly foster a “community” of like-minded party members who participate in the intellectual life of the party.