OUR PROMISE

Proven broker of good sense

Reason is unashamedly non-partisan, working with both sides of the aisle to be a genuine broker of good sense and Reason in politics.

Our position on the crossbench is one of immense responsibility and we refuse to play political games, instead focussing on how we can make real positive change in our community.

Effective, positive social change

Reason has a proven track record of getting things done when it comes to effective, positive, social change.

From Voluntary Assisted Dying giving people options when they previously had none, to Medically Supervised Injecting rooms treating drug addiction as a medical issue – not a crime. Reason is making an impact in our community by implementing policy that makes a real difference in peoples lives.

Protect kids and leave adults alone

Reason supports a person’s freedom to choose their own lifestyle and way of living, so long as personal choices do not harm others, and respect others’ human rights.

This includes freedom from discrimination and exploitation on the basis of race or nationality, disability, sexuality or gender, religion or belief;  freedom of expression and the right to decide what you do with your own body.

Money where it’s needed

Governments need to be responsible with your money, it’s as simple as that. This doesn’t mean slashing funding from essential services only for us to have to pay it back with interest later on and it doesn’t mean pork-barrelling funds into swing seats while the rest of the state is left to dry.

Reason believes that responsible fiscal spending should be executed where it will make the biggest difference, not buy the most votes.

OUR POLICIES

Evidence-based drug policy, founded on early treatment and harm reduction

  • Treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue
  • Legalise, regulate and tax cannabis
  • Trial prescription hydromorphone (analogue of heroin) to break the link between heroin addiction and crime
  • More high quality medically supervised injecting centres
  • Reform laws to allow front-of-house drug checking (‘pill testing’) facilities in areas of need including music festivals and other events
  • Legalise electronic vaporisers and liquid nicotine as recognised treatments for smoking

Major investment in mental health interventions and support

  • Significant recurrent investment in early interventions for young people at risk
  • Greatly reduce waiting times for mental health services and admissions
  • Provide mental health services as part of the response to homelessness
  • Increased training for health professionals to identify and support mental illness
  • Expand and integrate (via dual diagnosis) mental health and drug treatment services

 MPs required to act in the public interest

  • All politicians to be legally bound and required to act in the public interest
  • Place a cap on electoral spending and report political donations in real time
  • Establish and enforce MPs expenses rules, and remove vague entitlements
  • Extend powers of IBAC to investigate misuse of public funds
  • Ban retiring MPs from working as lobbyists for at least two years

Religious organisations that are open and transparent about their activities

  • Remove tax exemptions from for-profit businesses owned by religious institutions, while protecting their charitable activities
  • Reform equal opportunity laws to prevent religious organisations from discriminating
  • Remove religious oaths from parliamentary proceedings
  • Extend mandatory reporting laws to religious institutions
  • End exemptions for admissions disclosed in religious confessions

Investment in small business and innovation as the drivers of our future economy

  • Decrease regulatory burdens and taxes on small business, including increasing the PAYE tax threshold
  • Cut red tape via a dedicated parliamentary committee
  • Establish a strategy to respond to the impact of Artificial Intelligence and automation on the economy and the workplace, including consideration of robot taxes.
  • Increase investment in med-tech and pharmaceuticals sectors
  • Prioritise local businesses in government procurement
  • Foster advanced manufacturing in Victoria

A modern approach to adult industries

  • Decriminalise sex-work, with best practice sex industry regulation
  • Make it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their profession or calling
  • Adjust Victorian censorship laws to facilitate responsible adult freedoms while protecting children
  • Provide age–appropriate relationship and sex education in school curricular

Build on evidence-based ‘smart-on-crime’ approaches, proven to reduce offending

  • Focus on the causes of crime to prevent it from occurring
  • Gaols focused on reducing reoffending, not just warehousing criminals
  • Provide family violence education programs in workplaces across Victoria
  • Train and equip police better around de-escalation, mental health and cultural competency
  • Make it easier for sex offences to be reported and prosecuted
  • Ensure the criminal justice system protects and supports victims of crime

A plan for our aging population and its economic implications

  • Fully funded state-wide Aged Care Strategy for Victoria
  • Appoint an Ombudsman for Aged Care and Retirement Housing
  • Foster aged care services and facilities that enhance independence and dignity
  • Cater for the needs of minority groups and people with disabilities in aged care facilities
  • State-wide promotion of  age-friendly  and dementia-friendly community planning

Workable and rational approaches to dramatically increase housing affordability

  • Permit reasonable increases to density in inner and middle suburbs
  • Remove tax barriers to build-to-rent and rent-to-buy schemes
  • Adopt more ambitious targets for the Public/Community Housing Renewal Plan
  • Reduce Stamp Duty on investment in social housing
  • Greater security for long-term renters.

Workable and rational approaches to dramatically reduce homelessness

  • Focus on early interventions to identify and support those at risk of homelessness
  • Coordinated, multi-agency, well-funded responses to homelessness
  • Appoint a Victorian Commissioner for the Homeless
  • Tackle social isolation for 16 – 25 year olds

A pragmatic plan to achieve energy emission targets while sustaining energy affordability

  • Extend Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan beyond 2040
  • Plan transition from existing coal-fired plants, in the context of agreed energy targets
  • Invest in the feasibility of Victoria’s potential sites for pumped hydro-power
  • Increase clean energy and environmental incentives for local businesses
  • Reduce regulations which inhibit the uptake of clean energy by small businesses and residents

A pragmatic plan to protect our environment while sustaining our economy

  • Audit potential impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events
  • Facilitate and support efficient recycling and a state-wide war on waste
  • Promote and facilitate policies and opportunities for green roofs and spaces
  • Foster new industries focused on plastic and waste repurposing

Advocacy for self-determination and an effective Treaty

  • Foster opportunities for every Aboriginal child to achieve their full potential
  • Advocate for communities to be strong in their culture
  • Take an integrated approach, and pooled funding from different agencies, to contribute to common goals and outcomes
  • Directly address the over-representation of aboriginal people in the justice system

Pursuit of evidence-based proven measures which increase the health of all children

  • A strong focus on co-locating childcare with health and allied services
  • Promotion of universal checks on health progress in the first 1000 days
  • Public funding of pre-school places for 3-4 year olds
  • Foster easily accessible services to support early parenting

Pursuit of evidence-based interventions to identify and assist youth at risk

  • Urgent responses to meet youth needs in outer high-growth communities
  • Youth justice facilities that address the underpinning causes of offending
  • Youth drug rehabilitation
  • Increase funding for diversion and early intervention in criminal justice
  • Increase leaving out-of-home care age to 21 years

Regulations and processes that enable our representatives to act with integrity

  • Insist on evidence, research and expert knowledge in support of proposed policies
  • Facilitate rational, frank, transparent and fearless advice from public servants
  • Support democratic processes for open and honest dialogue with the public, including citizen juries, referendums, and town hall meetings
  • Foster connections between young people and the processes of parliament and government
  • Facilitate bipartisan long-term planning of social and physical infrastructure

Make all movement around Victoria easier

  • Increase public transport spending in outer high-growth areas
  • Urgently improve train frequency, including new express services
  • Establish new bus routes and timetables to connect trams and trains
  • Prioritise construction of Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stage 2
  • Support for high speed regional transport and services between regional hubs

Directly address discrimination in our society

  • Extend racial and religious vilification laws to vilification based on sexuality and gender
  • Pursue gender parity in pay and Board representation, and gender analysis in policy and laws
  • Strengthen powers of Equal Opportunity Commission to investigate and require compliance
  • Reform surrogacy laws to help those needing assistance to conceive, and adoption laws to help those over 30 wishing to adopt
  • Strengthen the Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities

Greater protection for the safety of the vulnerable and those at most risk

  • Effectively protect children and young people within the foster care and state-run residential programs
  • Recurrent funding and support for interventions to prevent family violence and to increase the safety of women and men after dark
  • Increase funding for temporary safe houses, and for legal and psychological services
  • Better protect and support the homeless and rough sleepers at night

Reorient our school curricular to better fit the future

  • Promote renewed focus on science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)
  • Extend STEM to include arts and music (STEAM)
  • Special attention to speech pathology and obesity in primary schools
  • Teach entrepreneurship and life skills in secondary schools
  • Expand the Lawyers in Schools program

Expand the choices and opportunities available for students to fully develop as individuals

  • Emphasise social education in schools in order to graduate capable, resilient, ethical adults
  • Invest significantly in the provision of vocational, technical, special needs, and gifted education, and in apprenticeships, to broaden opportunities
  • Replace school chaplaincy programs with qualified youth and social workers

Reorient planning and services so that infrastructure keeps up with population  growth

  • Improve traffic management for faster traffic flow and increased capacity
  • Improve planning and access to pharmacies, medical, dental, and allied health services
  • Facilitate access to local employment via local jobs action plans
  • Restrict urban boundaries and urban sprawl

Reduce the negative impacts of poker machines and promote responsible gambling

  • Reduce cashless gaming, and reduce maximum bet per spin to $1
  • Reduce maximum daily trading hours of poker machine venues, and the density of poker machines per electorate
  • Make transparent the lobbying activities of pokies providers and their influence on government
  • Long term planning to decouple the Victorian government from poker machine revenue

Improved, interconnected and safer walking and cycling paths

  • A fully funded state-based cycling strategy, including strategic cycling corridors
  • Invest in safe, direct and continuous bike routes, separated from other forms of traffic
  • Revitalise and expand existing cycling trails
  • Provide bike racks on buses and trams as well as trains.

Improved, accessible public health for all

  • Facilitate and incentivise GP visits to schools and medical services in poorly served areas
  • Establish health hubs, with integration of health centres, schools & other services
  • Focus on evidence-based prevention and early intervention throughout the health system
  • Effectively regulate to prevent over-servicing and unscientific treatments
  • Expand and strengthen dental health services

Greater diversity and stimulation across the arts

  • Acknowledge the benefits of music for human development, and ensure all primary school students have access to basic music education
  • Appoint a Minister for Fashion to promote fashion’s role in arts and the Victorian economy
  • Redistribute 1% from major arts institutions to small and medium institutions
  • Enable affordable public liability insurance for performance artists and musicians
  • Provide learning and travel scholarships for emerging artists, as provided in sport