OUR PROMISE

Proven broker of good sense

Reason is unashamedly non-partisan, working with both sides of politics to be a genuine broker of good sense and Reason in politics.

Our position on the crossbench is one of immense responsibility and we refuse to play political games, instead focussing on how we can make real positive change in our community.

Effective, positive social change

Reason has a proven track record of getting things done when it comes to effective, positive, social change.

From Voluntary Assisted Dying giving people options when they previously had none, to Medically Supervised Injecting rooms treating drug addiction as a medical issue – not a crime. Reason is making an impact in our community by implementing policy that makes a real difference in peoples lives.

Protect kids and leave adults alone

Reason supports a person’s freedom to choose their own lifestyle and way of living, so long as personal choices do not harm others, and respect others’ human rights.

This includes freedom from discrimination and exploitation on the basis of race or nationality, disability, sexuality or gender, religion or belief;  freedom of expression and the right to decide what you do with your own body.

Money where it’s needed

Governments need to be responsible with your money, it’s as simple as that. This doesn’t mean slashing funding from essential services only for us to have to pay it back with interest later on and it doesn’t mean pork-barrelling funds into swing seats while the rest of the state is left to dry.

Reason believes that responsible fiscal spending should be executed where it will make the biggest difference, not buy the most votes.

OUR POLICIES

Provide for painless assisted dying for people enduring intolerable suffering and improve facilities for and access to palliative care.

  • Legalise Voluntary Assisted Dying
  • Palliative care facilities to be fully funded
  • Effective training for all palliative care staff
  • Provision of innovative, modern and recognised treatments
  • Ensure Advance Care Directives (ACDs) are legally enforceable
  • Hospital staff to be trained in both procedures and legal standing of ACDs
  • ACDs to be registered on a state-wide database for ease of access for medical staff

MPs required to act in the public interest

  • All politicians to be legally bound and required to act in the public interest
  • Place a cap on electoral spending and report political donations in real-time
  • Establish and enforce MPs expenses rules, and remove vague entitlements
  • Insist on evidence, research and expert knowledge in support of proposed policies
  • Facilitate rational, frank, transparent and fearless advice from public servants
  • Support democratic processes for open and honest dialogue with the public, including citizen juries, referendums, and town hall meetings
  • Foster connections between young people and the processes of parliament and government
  • Facilitate bipartisan long-term planning of social and physical infrastructure

Major investment in mental health interventions and support

  • Significant recurrent investment in early interventions for young people at risk
  • Greatly reduce waiting times for mental health services and admissions
  • Provide mental health services as part of the response to homelessness
  • Increased training for health professionals to identify and support mental illness
  • Expand and integrate (via dual diagnosis) mental health and drug treatment services
  • Appoint a ministerial portfolio for loneliness to address the health implications associated with isolation

Evidence-based drug policy, founded on early treatment and harm reduction

  • Treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue (Portuguese model)
  • Legalise, regulate and tax cannabis
  • Trial prescription hydromorphone (analogue of heroin) to break the link between heroin addiction and crime
  • More high quality medically supervised injecting centres
  • Reform laws to allow front-of-house drug checking (‘pill testing’) facilities in areas of need including music festivals and other events
  • Legalise electronic vaporisers and liquid nicotine as recognised treatments for smoking

Remove barriers and improve patient access

  • Amend the Road Safety Act to allow patients to drive
  • Road-side testing for impairment not presence of THC

Religious organisations that are open and transparent about their activities

  • Remove tax exemptions from for-profit businesses owned by religious institutions, while protecting their charitable activities
  • Reform equal opportunity laws to prevent religious organisations from discriminating
  • Remove religious oaths from parliamentary proceedings
  • Extend mandatory reporting laws to religious institutions
  • End exemptions for admissions disclosed in religious confessions

A pragmatic plan to protect our environment while sustaining our economy

  • Audit potential impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events
  • Facilitate and support efficient recycling and a state-wide war on waste
  • Promote and facilitate policies and opportunities for green roofs and spaces
  • Foster new industries focused on plastic and waste repurposing

Investment in small business and innovation as the drivers of our future economy

  • Decrease regulatory burdens and taxes on small business
  • Cut red tape via a dedicated parliamentary committee
  • Establish a strategy to respond to the impact of Artificial Intelligence and automation on the economy and the workplace
  • Increase investment in med-tech and pharmaceuticals sectors
  • Prioritise local businesses in government procurement
  • Foster advanced manufacturing in NSW

Workable and rational approaches to dramatically increase housing affordability

  • Permit reasonable increases to density in inner and middle suburbs
  • Remove tax barriers to build-to-rent and rent-to-buy schemes
  • Adopt more ambitious targets for the Public/Community Housing Renewal Plan
  • Reduce Stamp Duty on investment in social housing
  • Greater security for long-term renters.

Workable and rational approaches to dramatically reduce homelessness

  • Focus on early interventions to identify and support those at risk of homelessness
  • Coordinated, multi-agency, well-funded responses to homelessness
  • Appoint a NSW Commissioner for the Homeless
  • Tackle social isolation for 16-25 year-olds

A plan for our aging population and its economic implications

  • Fully funded state-wide ageing strategy for NSW
  • Appoint an Ombudsman for Aged Care and Retirement Housing
  • Foster aged care services and facilities that enhance independence and dignity
  • Cater for the needs of minority groups and people with disabilities in aged care facilities
  • State-wide promotion of age-friendly and dementia-friendly community planning

Build on evidence-based ‘smart-on-crime’ approaches, proven to reduce offending

  • Focus on the causes of crime to prevent it from occurring
  • Gaols focused on reducing reoffending, not just warehousing criminals
  • Provide family violence education programs in workplaces across NSW
  • Train and equip police better around de-escalation, mental health and cultural competency
  • Make it easier for sex offences to be reported and prosecuted
  • Ensure the criminal justice system protects and supports victims of crime

Improved, accessible public health for all

  • Facilitate and incentivise GP visits to schools and medical services in poorly served areas
  • Establish health hubs, with integration of health centres, schools & other services
  • Focus on evidence-based prevention and early intervention throughout the health system
  • Effectively regulate to prevent over-servicing and unscientific treatments

Expand the choices and opportunities available for students to fully develop as individuals and reorient our school curricular to better fit the future

  • Emphasise social education in schools in order to graduate capable, resilient, ethical adults
  • Invest significantly in the provision of vocational, technical, special needs, and gifted education, and in apprenticeships, to broaden opportunities
  • Replace school chaplaincy programs with qualified youth and social workers
  • Promote renewed focus on science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)
  • Extend STEM to include arts and music (STEAM)
  • Special attention to speech pathology and obesity in primary schools
  • Teach entrepreneurship and life skills in secondary schools

Directly address discrimination in our society

  • Extend racial and religious vilification laws to vilification based on sexuality and gender
  • Pursue gender parity in pay and Board representation, and gender analysis in policy and laws

A pragmatic plan to achieve energy emission targets while sustaining energy affordability

  • Plan transition from existing coal-fired plants, in the context of agreed energy targets
  • Invest in the feasibility of potential sites for pumped hydro-power
  • Increase clean energy and environmental incentives for local businesses
  • Reduce regulations which inhibit the uptake of clean energy by small businesses and residents

Advocacy for self-determination and an effective Treaty

  • Foster opportunities for every Aboriginal child to achieve their full potential
  • Advocate for communities to be strong in their culture
  • Take an integrated approach, and pooled funding from different agencies, to contribute to common goals and outcomes
  • Directly address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system