Political Integrity – the Australian Independents Movement


5 Tests for Integrity

The AIM supports the Ulhuru Statement calling for truth-telling, a voice, and Treaty.

What is needed in politics? …

… political integrity 

– redefining the purpose of politics.  aim4integrity.com seeks a political process that has integrity, is sustainable, is fair to all, deals with historical injustice and encourages community – the five key challenges facing Australia, and five ‘tests’ needed for all legislation.

… grassroots democracy

– redefining the nature of power in politics. Democracy is more than Canberra. Democracy is all of us. Democracy ‘starts with me’ – the power of one in community to make a difference.

… thinking adequate to the challenges

– redefining the parameters of political debate.  Government versus the ‘Opposition’, left versus right, ‘free market’ versus ‘planned’ – rather the real context for debate is a sustainable future for our children.

… the Senate as a genuine House of Review

– redefining the position of the Upper Houses in the political process.  The Senate was never meant to be a rubber stamp for the party in power. The Senate should operate above party politics, as an independent house of review.

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Five Challenges facing Australia and Five Tests for all legislation:

Integrity in the political process

…the challenge of loss of confidence

A sustainable future

…the challenge of policy short-termism

A truly fair society

…the challenge of wealth-shift

Addressing historical injustices

…the challenge of denial

Creating community

…the challenge of narrow self-interest

 

The AIM for political integrity (aim4integrity.com) is designed to offer Independent candidates and others a simple framework for making decisions – the 5 tests.

The AIM also at times supports exceptional Independent candidates in their campaign. An example is Yingiya Mark Guyula, an independent member of the Northern Territory parliament for the seat of Mulka in north-east Arnhem Land. He previously represented Nhulunbuy from 2016 to 2020. The only independent Indigenous member of the NT parliament, he campaigned on a platform of self-determination for Yolŋu people.

The AIM has also run directly in Upper House elections under Australian Independents Coalition for political integrity, (ACIP), initially in the 1995 NSW State elections where it achieved 57,000 votes, missing out only on preferences. This website spells out the political basis for the ACIP.