Government & Media Accountability

 

In order to restore trust and integrity to our political system and wider society, accountability must be achieved for the many failings of government responsibilities, including:

COVID-19 containment failures - these include the abuse of power and conflict created between our States / Territories and Federal layers of government; the focus on physical and financial factors (overstatements); the current and future mental health crisis created; substance abuse, self harm, suicide, mental health treatment and prognosis, relationship failures, domestic violence, divorce rates; public confidence and perceptions of authorities including our Police, Defence Force and Ambulance personnel; the stress and impacts on our front line workers.

  • Mandates that have caused segregation and removed people's freedom of choice and control over their own lives and livelihoods.
  • The application of selective quarantine standards and entry restrictions by State and Territory Governments.

Aged care system failures and the deaths in Victoria caused by Government policy and quarantine implementation failures.

● The Robo-Debt debacle including the impact on mental health and suicide rates.

● The 2019/20 Bushfires crisis, including the recommendations from the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements that have still not been implemented or adequately addressed.

● The handling of the Brereton Report release and the leadership failures by senior ADF commanders.

● Our failed withdrawal from Afghanistan, abandonment of those we have a moral responsibility for, and the ongoing suffering for those Australian citizens and their families caught in this crisis.

The 2022 Floods crisis, including failures in preventative measures and the critical response efforts at all layers of Government.

 

Media accountability measures to address the ongoing trial-by-media persecution endured by those who are unable to afford 'the cost of justice’ required to defend their innocence before guilt by public opinion. This includes greater certification requirements for media organisations and journalists to be permitted their special exemptions under legal legislation, and greater consequences for those who are found to have been negligent in their actions or reporting including causing mental health harm or defamation.

  • Australian taxpayer funded media must adequately service all Australian taxpayers. The AVP will campaign for a review into ABC funding and its national consumer engagement. This will include the assessment of potential taxpayer savings that could also be provided as grants to local and community media programs, and the potential for some ABC programming to be otherwise available as subscription service to their audiences.

 

AVP commits to ensure that each of these critical issues are addressed through public debate, Senate Inquiries, Independent Commissions and if need be, Royal Commissions, in order to bring about transparent accountability and measures to ensure this accountability remains.

 

The Australian Values Party is committed to supporting a Federal ICAC that has the powers and real independence from political interference to provide greater transparency and support greater accountability.

These issues have impacted the mental health and livelihoods of too many Australians, while also damaging our reputation within the international community.

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The purpose of the Australian Values Party is to promote a government with a sense of responsibility and accountability to the Australian people, to protect the Australian values and promote the welfare of our Australian people.

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