What is Real Democracy?

The Real Democracy Party was founded in 2015 by a number of like-minded people who believe that the government is responsible for protecting the rights and maximising the well-being of all Australians. We decided Australia needed a new political force after witnessing the appalling performance and behaviour of our current politicians. We don’t believe in politics to feed the egos of careerist politicians, but real and authentic representation of the people’s interests, by people, who truly are for the people – not just before they are elected – but whilst elected.
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Apart from questionable values, priorities and allegiances our politicians seem to be trapped in an ideologically blinkered rut when it comes to the economy and building the sustainable, inclusive and egalitarian society we should be becoming. They insist on perpetuating nonsense about the government needing to reduce its’ spending and balance its budget even though the government can create money at any time. And, they do this just when the economy is suffering from a lack of spending as shown by stubborn levels of unemployment, unacceptable poverty, low growth and an increasingly unfair society.

Regrettably, for decades now, when our political leaders’ policies inevitably fail, they then punish the victims of their policies. The Real Democracy Party believes all decent and fair minded Australians will support waging a war against poverty not the poor.

This is your Party

The power of us - the people - is far more powerful than the people in power. If all of you who visit this website join the Real Democracy Party, there is nothing we cannot achieve together.


How else are we different?

We aim to ensure that ethical and evidence based policy positions should inform public policy development and implementation. From such a starting position, the interests of all Australians – and our common wealth - must be put before the interests of corporations, whose only focus is ever increasing profits and growth irrespective of the human, social and environmental costs.

Currently, we are witnessing a very small section of Australian society becoming so powerful they are instrumental in determining the political agenda and exercising undemocratic and unfair influence over our representatives. It’s time that our representatives of our common wealth put the best interests of all Australians before corporate and vested interests. It is time for representatives to keep their promises to us the people they represent.

New Leadership to Deliver Real Results From and For all Australians

The Way we Roll is Real Democracy

Real Democracy empowers our members with the knowledge, information and infrastructure to engage with truly democratic but responsible policy development. Our structures and processes guarantee that our members’ input into each policy is based on information they need to make informed suggestions. Read More...

The Real Democracy Party aims to start a political revolution that at its very heart aims to help our society become truly open and democratic. We are what we want to become - for our party – our communities - and our country.

This is the way the Real Democracy Party rolls. Real collaborative decision making at all levels of the organisation. It also reflects an authentic commitment to providing members of our party with the responsibility - and democratic right to vote on any policy issue - as long as they understand the issues that inform that policy.

Centralising Political Power in any one Individual – or an Unrepresentative Group - is more likely to be a Corrosive Force and the Basis for Poor Decision Making.

Real Grassroots Democracy:

By providing our members with rights and responsibilities to vote on every policy issue we are supporting a vibrant, robust, open, informed and democratic discussion at local, state / territory and national levels of our party. This internal party policy and system is complimented by the Real Democracy Party truly being inclusive and welcoming Australians who represent positive conservatism, liberal democratic, democratic socialist and independent policy perspectives. The Real Democracy Party is more concerned that its members argue policy issues based on evidence and logic rather than dogma and ideological rhetoric. Our only expectation is that when all members arrive at the end of any policy debate there is a democratic vote and that decision is accepted by all. Read More...

We embrace and celebrate the expression of diverse, but inclusive ideological opinions - as long as they are communicated from an informed position - and debated and discussed in a respectful and tolerant manner – where all participants are ultimately willing - to accept the democratic outcome of the majority of voters - on all decisions. This is the way Real Democracy needs to evolve taking what is good from our old system and improving on that which is not good.

This new and inclusive political philosophy has important benefits for all of our open and democratic institutions right across our country.

It is a model for the way politics must become if open and democratic societies are to have any future at all.

Real Democracy Means New Leadership Models:

There is no one within our party that is simply interested in power for power’s sake. We only want political power to make a positive change. It is that simple! No one person will ever control this power by centralised leadership in the Real Democracy Party. This is because for every role in our party we have multiple people – working as a team – to address the challenges of each role in the party. We know that centralising political power in any one individual is more likely to be a corrosive force and the basis for poor decision making. So, we celebrate having multiple individuals share the responsibilities within each role. This also gives us the ability to provide every person – the opportunity to work from their strengths - that inspire and motivate their passion to do the work we have ahead of us – as well as delivering better results. Read More...

For these reasons, we have constructed and continue to encourage new models of leadership across all levels of our party. We believe in distributed power and collaborative decision making because we know the truly big challenges facing us all need a fresh approach – predicated upon building a shared vision, understanding and better decision making.

The Real Democracy Party delivers empowered, but responsible and democratic policy development – for all members.

Acknowledging our First Nation’s People’s

The Real Democracy Party is comprised of ordinary Aussies who believe that enough of our civil liberties and socially just public policies have been eroded for us to draw a line in the sand and say:

“It’s time for positive change!”
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We believe that before positive change can occur we should acknowledge the historical and legal fact that our First Nations Peoples have never ceded sovereignty. We acknowledge the inalienable rights of the First Nations Peoples.

So we need to resolve this issue for us to move forward positively – as one nation - because it is the oldest and most persistent injustice in our country. And, we do not want this unrectified injustice to continue to have a corrosive influence on our society.

The Real Democracy Party recognises that this is not about blaming but rather being honest, taking responsibility for past wrongs and moving forward positively and respectfully together as one nation.

For these reasons acknowledging our First Nations Peoples defines our commitment to building a forward looking and socially just Australia where diversity is celebrated and respected. A place where our First Nations Peoples’ tribes and clans are an important part of who we are as Aussies.