As a coalition of independents seeking representation in the Upper Houses of Parliament the AIM believes it is important not to appeal to, or represent, any sectional interest. Misuse of Parliament in this way by Independents with a single issue agenda and the major parties has diminished Parliament’s function.
The AIM is open to everyone to support it on the basis of its purposes and spirit. The more universal its character the wider will be its appeal and the richer its contribution. Bearing in mind the social, ethnic, religious and racial make-up of Australian society, it is only appropriate that support be drawn from a variety of different communities and from all sections of the social spectrum. In particular indigenous Australians need to be listened to and included.
The AIM seeks the support of all who are disillusioned with current political options, who feel in some way remote from our parliaments and political processes, and who would respond to a new force in politics which offers independence and integrity.
The AIM is not another party. Membership carries no fixed duties or financial obligations and primarily is an expression of support. Members of the AIM are free to belong concurrently to any other political group. As the AIM does not pursue detailed policies but rather seeks to enhance the political process, the effect for some members will be to encourage them to get actively involved in the party of their choice. Membership of the AIM does not carry any sense of exclusivity, or of being ‘against’ any currently existing political grouping or organisation.
The membership will play an essential role in the political process. They will determine selection of AIM candidates, and stand as resource persons for reviewing legislation, and will be kept included on all issues before the Parliament.
Local debate and initiative is fundamental, and is really democracy in action. It is important to stress that the function of the AIM primarily is not to get any particular person into Parliament, but to heighten political responsibility in all people. As such, it is hoped local initiatives will be taken at the grassroots level outside the Parliament in addition to any initiative inside the Parliament. The parliamentary initiative is to serve more as a focus for such aspirations; it is not to be seen as an end in itself.