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  Australian Democrats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Support for the Democrats historically tended to fluctuate between about 5 and 10 percent of the population and was geographically concentrated around the wealthy dense urban neighbourhoods (known in Australia as the "inner-suburbs and CBD") of the capital cities (especially Adelaide).
However, the rise of the Australian Greens and internal bickering in the early 2000s changed this, and the Democrats are now in heavy decline - receiving 1.24% nationally, and less than 3% of the vote at all but a handful of booths, even in their Adelaide heartland.
With the Australian Greens picking up many of their voters on the left, and some voters from the centre returning to the Liberals, the Democrats are facing their greatest crisis to date.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_Democrats   (1809 words)

 Australian Progressive Alliance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The party was formed by Senator Meg Lees, the former leader of the Australian Democrats, in April 2003.
She resigned from the Democrats in July 2002 after having been deposed as the party's leader in April 2001.
A number of other prominent former members of the Democrats joined the APA, including former Queensland Senator John Woodley, who was the party's president, and Elisabeth Kirkby, a former member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_Progressive_Alliance   (423 words)

 PWHCE: Discord in the Australian Democrats
The Australian Democrats were formally launched in June 1977 and this fledging political party gained publicity and finance from the public meetings that were held across the country, in which Chipp, as keynote speaker was often the main draw card.
The Australian Democrats' policies were socially liberal and in keeping with the legacy of the defunct Australia Party; the only real issue that distinguished the party from the political mainstream was its opposition to Australia's alliance with the United States and its advocacy of a ban on uranium mining.
During her tenure as Australian Democrats leader Haines (1986 to 1990) gave a lot of leeway to individual Australian Democrat Senators to the point that she seemed to be a figurehead.
www.pwhce.org /discord.html   (4247 words)

 History of the Australian Democrats
The first Democrat to enter the Senate was Janine Haines, who was chosen by the Parliament of South Australia in December 1977 to succeed the Liberal Movement Senator Steele Hall after his resignation.
The Australian Democrats polled well at the December 1977 Federal election, obtaining 11.1% nationally, and electing two Australian Democrat Senators - Don Chipp in Victoria and Colin Mason in New South Wales.
The Australian Democrats have transformed the Senate and no longer is it merely a rubber stamp of government.
www.australianpolitics.com /parties/democrats/history.shtml   (1040 words)

 Australian Democrats Northern Territory
The Australian Democrats Solomon candidate Duncan Dean today announced that his party policy on Child Care is to provide for at least 30 hours free childcare for parents in work and education and 10 hours free childcare for families with a non-working parent.
“Democrats insisting on additional funding to more childcare places for under two year olds and children with special needs under a Howard, or Latham, government is also an issue the Australian Democrats will continue to address after this election is well over,” said Mr Dean.
“The Democrats position of balance in the Senate, and my Democrat position in the House of Representatives as an ambassador for development in the Northern Territory will, on this childcare issue, and hopefully on many others issues, be a winning combination for Territorians”.
www.nt.democrats.org.au /html/print.php?sid=54   (255 words)

 Australian Democrats rescue Howard government Consumption tax will hurt workers, students, pensioners and the poor
The Australian Democrats claimed to reduce the regressive impact of the GST by exempting “fresh food” from the 10 percent impost.
Such is the Democrats' vision (shared by the government) for Australia: a country where students and the rest of the poor, including pensioners, welfare recipients and low-wage families have to make do with second-hand goods from charity stores.
As for the Democrats, they have jettisoned their claims to be a socially progressive alternative to the major parties.
www.wsws.org /articles/1999/jun1999/gst-j03.shtml   (1486 words)

 Australian Democrats : Carter Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It is about the minority of Australians who oppose voluntary euthanasia and who do so largely because of their belief in God—however they define him or her—as being the only arbiter of who lives and dies, and their desire to remove that personal right from people who may want to decide that for themselves.
This arrogant view ignores the fact that many Australians hold dearly to the view that if they are in uncontrollable pain or suffering, that if life has become unbearable and that no amount of medical help will alleviate this, then they will want the option to choose the right to die with dignity.
Australian and international research has repeatedly shown that harassment, discrimination, intolerance and prejudice aimed at young people who are homosexual, or presumed to be so and victimised for it, is a key reason for youth suicide.
www.carter.democrats.org.au /html/print.php?sid=259   (2164 words)

 Australian Democrats - Education - Information - Educational Resources - Encyclopedia - Music
The Democrats' agenda includes interventionist economic policies, commitment to environmental causes, support for reconciliation with Australia's indigenous population through such mechanisms as formal treaties, pacifist approaches to international relations, support for science and the arts, and liberal approaches to social issues such as sexuality and drugs, and constitutional and treaty protections for human rights.
Support for the Democrats has tended to fluctuate between about 5 and 10 percent of the population and is geographically concentrated around the wealthier suburbs of the capital cities (especially Adelaide).
The Democrats are notable for their willingness to elect female and Aboriginal parliamentary leadership.
education.music.us /A/Australian-Democrats.htm   (1378 words)

 Australian Democrats Health Policy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Democrats propose this funding be dedicated to upgrading ageing hospital infrastructure, addressing workforce needs and to delivering appropriate services that keep people out of hospital, particularly in the areas of aged care, mental health and drug and alcohol.
The Democrats initiated a Senate Inquiry, which reported in 1995, and the major recommendations of this are being implemented, including the banning of smoking in many public places.
While affluent Australians have their "tennis elbows" attended to in a matter of days in the private system, people with cancer, heart disease and MS wait weeks if not months for urgent appointments and treatment in the public system.
www.phaa.net.au /policy/Election2001/Democrats.2.htm   (3317 words)

 Kookaburra: Australian Democrats push for Open Source - they are also RSS enabled!
The Australian Democrats (a minority party with no relation to the US Democrats) has started pushing legislation to mandate open source for Government contracts.
And Democrats in NSW, the ACT and federal parliament are drafting open source preference legislation along the lines of upper house member Ian Gilfillan's Bill in South Australia, as part of a campaign to lift the profile of the software.
The Australian Republican Movement doesn't even offer that (they are not like the US Republican Party - they are working to change Australia to being a Republic as opposed to the present Constitutional Monarchy, which has Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as the head of state.
kookaburra.typepad.com /weblog/2003/07/australian_demo.html   (658 words)

 Man of integrity remembered | The Nation | The Australian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Democrats leader Lyn Allison said she and all members of her party were saddened by Mr Chipp's passing.
But the man who abandoned the Liberal Party and formed the Australian Democrats in 1977 with a pledge the Democrats would "keep the bastards honest" would also be remembered for his stances on human rights and social justice.
He resigned from the Liberals in March 1977 and founded the Democrats, successfully winning a Senate seat at the election in December 1977 and led the party until he retired in 1986.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au /story/0,20867,20289760-2702,00.html   (558 words)

 Summary of the Democrats approach to refugees: 1977-2002
The Democrats argued that the bill should be considered after the court had handed down its decision regarding the Cambodians, who claimed they had been illegally detained after arriving in Australia.
Bartlett expressed the Democrats' abhorrence that a policy for temporary visas for refugees that had been widely condemned when proposed by One Nation a few years earlier was now supported in the parliament by not only the Coalition but the ALP as well.
The Democrats believe that, while their claims for refugee status are assessed, families should be in group homes outside of detention centres and unescorted minors should be in the care of community and welfare agencies.
www.safecom.org.au /democrats.htm   (2011 words)

 seven.com.au | Federal Election 04
A breakaway party, the Australian Democrats, was founded in 1977 by former Liberal minister Don Chipp and members of minor liberal parties.
The federal election held in October 1998 resulted in two new Democrats being elected to the Senate - Brian Greig in WA and Aden Ridgeway in NSW - giving the party a total representation of nine, the highest number since inception, and a return to the balance of power.
The key principles of the Democrats: to represent all Australians; be fully democratic; independence; look ahead; to have plans for employment and the workforce; concern for the survival of the planet; concern for foreign policy; to offer equal opportunity for woman and a non-discriminatory immigration program giving priority to refugees and family reunion.
seven.com.au /fedelection04/features_profile_democrats   (193 words)

 Australian Democrats : Carter Network :: Freedom, Fairness and a Future
The Australian Democrats will introduce next week legislation to allow for same-sex marriage, by reversing the 2004 Marriage Act amendments that changed the legal definition of marriage to specifically occurring between a man and a woman.
The Australian Democrats have applauded Victoria's move to establish a charter of human rights, but emphasised a national bill of rights is needed to protect the rights of all Australians.
Australian Democrats' Sexuality spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says the archaic ruling meant that many skilled workers overseas were being discouraged by discriminatory processes that do not apply to married or de facto couples.
www.carter.democrats.org.au /html   (1848 words)

 The Australian
Democrats founder Don Chipp's passing represents the death of small-l liberalism in the Liberal Party
Contrary to your 1798 prediction that the world would face starvation as population outstripped food supply, the greatest consumption problem of the 21st century is that the world is eating too much.
FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer is trying to convince the United Nations that it needs to double the number of Australian troops it keeps on duty in East Timor.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au   (593 words)

 Outsiders - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Some Democrats are unhappy with the media’s coverage of the party in the death of Don Chipp.
Democrats leader Lyn Allison sent an email to the members unhappy that some parts of the media were conflating the death of Chipp with the death of her party.
Senate preselection is underway for the Democrats in Victoria, with sitting senator and party leader Lyn Allison, along with four other contenders, making a pitch for the very winnable number one slot on the Democrats' senate ticket.
www.um.com.au /outsiders   (175 words)

 Target Iraq: No war on Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Democrats' Interim Leader, Senator Brian Greig, said a war against Iraq does not have the support of the Australian people and may not even have the support of the Parliament.
The Australian Democrats believe that a first strike action will create further instability in the region and undermine international law and will not necessarily remove Saddam Hussein or keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists.
As Leader of the Australian Democrats, on behalf of my party I have written to the Prime Minister, John Howard, and to the Leader of the Opposition urging them to oppose a first strike action.
www.oceanbooks.com.au /iraq/articles2/261.html   (684 words)

 Dead or dying, prognosis grim for Democrats - National - theage.com.au
THE Australian Democrats face many problems in trying to revive their party — a major one being that people believe it is dead already.
She said people had told Democrats at polling booths that "they didn't vote for us because they had been told so many times we weren't going to be around after the election".
Saturday's rout, expected to cost the SA Democrats two seats, leaving it with one, was no better than the 2004 federal election, in which the party lost three senators and won in no state.
www.theage.com.au /news/national/prognosis-grim-for-democrats/2006/03/20/1142703289144.html   (1105 words)

 WA Voters Rally to Keep Democrats Registered :: Australian Democrats - WA Division :: A Party of Vision and Ideas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
“The Australian Democrats would like to thank all our members and supporters, new and old, for their efforts to date but we still have a lot of work too do to get the required number of members by Friday’s deadline,” said Mr.
“Without Australian Democrats on the next state ballot paper, Western Australian voters will be denied the opportunity to elect candidates from a party that has a proven track record of holding the balance of power responsibly and of working with the duly elected Government of the day,” Ms Danski said.
Both candidates are calling for people who want to see the Australian Democrats maintain an active presence within the Western Australian political scene to make contact and join the Party before Friday.
www.wa.democrats.org.au /html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=75&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0   (427 words)

 WA Democrats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This was to be achieved by democratic election of officers and use of postal ballots to formulate policy.
Since those events, progressive Australian activists and voters have moved en masse to The Greens with the result that Senate seats lost by the Democrats are expected to gravitate to Greens during the next decade.
How the Australian Democrats became a typical managerial party machine under a national executive on which senators, their spouses and staffers formed a controlling bloc.
members.iinet.net.au /~jenks/wadem.html   (1006 words)

 Democrats founder dies at 81 | The Daily Telegraph   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
THE extraordinary political career of Australian Democrats founder Don Chipp was remembered today by political friends and foes alike, a day after the 81-year-old died of pneumonia in a Melbourne hospital.
The former senator, earned a place in the hearts of Australians for coining the campaign slogan "Keep the bastards honest", which became the catchcry of his middle-ground political party.
He quit the party and founded the Australian Democrats in 1977 "to keep the bastards honest", he said at the time.
www.news.com.au /dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,20288907-5005941,00.html   (757 words)

 National Trust State Election Survey - The Australian Democrats Response
The Australian Democrats believe it is possible to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of significant heritage buildings owned by government agencies through legislated guaranteed funding administered by the Heritage Office.
The Australian Democrats have long campaigned for the protection of public lands through the party’s Upper House MP Arthur Chesterfield-Evans.
The Australian Democrats were the political party instrumental to the establishment of the Commonwealth Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, which now protects around 150 hectares of ex-Defence land on Sydney Harbour.
www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au /austdemocrats.html   (1185 words)

 The Australian Democrats and Greens and the ASIO detention bill
The truth is that the work of representatives from the Australian Democrats and the Australian Greens on the parliamentary committees has made a dramatic difference to this bill.
Brian Grieg of the Australian Democrats was equally pleased to have his party’s efforts recognised.
The Greens and Democrats were quite prepared to pass the legislation but sought modifications to overcome “strong and well-founded community opposition”.
www.wsws.org /articles/2003/jul2003/asio-j14.shtml   (1301 words)

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