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Integrity in Government
  21. Integrity in politics

Integrity in Government

21. Integrity in politics

In the event that your Party does not gain a majority in both Houses, will you commit to not trading away your election commitments in any negotiations that might be done with minor parties in forming government?

Liberal National Coalition
Liberal National Coalition [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Coalition]
  • A Liberal-Nationals Coalition does not expect to be involved in negotiations with minor parties over forming government, as the Greens would almost inevitably back Labor.
  • If Victorians want strong, stable, and competent government they need to elect a Coalition government outright.

It has now become clear that Labor has been running a “dirty tricks” campaign to try to attack the Liberal Party about possible “deals” with the Greens, while at the same time themselves in secret negotiations to exchange preferences with the Greens.

Labor have repeatedly given the Greens their second preferences in both State and Federal elections.  They have also entered into a compact with Greens at a Commonwealth level, and have entered into a power sharing agreement with Greens in Tasmania following the most recent State election, despite promising before the election that they would not do so.

We believe it is highly unlikely that the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will be involved in any negotiations with minor parties on forming government post the election.  Experience shows that the Greens will almost inevitably enter an alliance or working arrangement with the ALP if those parties hold a majority between them. 

If Victorians want strong, stable, and competent government they need to elect a Coalition government outright. Any other outcome will result in either an unstable government dragged leftwards into radical Greens social and economic policies, or else more of the same tired, incompetent and manipulative Labor that Victorians are already suffering.

Australian Labor Party of Victoria [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party of Victoria]

We are not countenancing deals with minor parties, because we are aiming to attain majority government at the election. The only way the Greens are likely to win a seat in the lower house in Victoria is by receiving Liberal preferences –exactly what happened in the seat of Melbourne at the Federal election.

Christian Democratic Party
Christian Democratic Party [View responses to all questions from the Christian Democratic Party]
  • The CDP will not compromise its ideals for the sake of governing.
  • As the only up-front Christian party we are committed to being a witness to godliness in the public sphere.
  • This explains the fact that we are a minor party.

Australian Greens
Australian Greens [View responses to all questions from the Australian Greens]
  • The Greens have a strong commitment to our policies and principles.
  • If we gain the balance of power we will certainly seek to influence government as much as we possibly can.
  • That influence is shaped and limited by a number of important factors of course; not least of all, that we do not have a majority in either chamber, and the Coalition and Labor more often vote together on most legislation.
  • Our policies provide for integrity and transparency in politics.

The Greens have had the balance of power in the Victorian upper house since 2006. We have acted responsibly and cooperatively. Our MPs are mature and hard working and work hard on committees.

We offer good suggestions for amending proposed legislation and we introduce legislation we believe is important but which the other parties neglect. 

Democratic Labour Party of Australia
Democratic Labour Party of Australia [View responses to all questions from the Democratic Labour Party of Australia]

The premises that underlie this question are unlikely to apply to the DLP.

Family First
Family First [View responses to all questions from the Family First]
  • It is unlikely that Family First would be in the position of attempting to form a minority government. However, were Family First to gain the balance of power in the upper house, we would negotiate reasonably and in good faith with the major parties to pass legislation consistent with our values and policies.

On the issue of integrity in politics more generally, Family First has a number of policy initiatives we wish to see implemented.

Family First believes Australians are fed up with the major parties and are looking for something different. Australians should be able to respect the nation’s political leaders. They certainly want them to lead by example, instead of behaving like school kids in a playground, or even worse. Victorians deserve better.

Family First recognizes that actions speak louder than words.

Family First wants to restore the public’s faith in politics and politicians and raise the standards in Parliament and public life by sticking to our values. Many visitors to Parliament are appalled by the behavior of politicians and think it is a joke. They should be impressed by the behavior of their lawmakers.

Family First will ensure Ministers take responsibility for decisions of their Departments and are accountable to the public. Too often politicians take the public for granted when the public are the ones who elect them and pay their salaries.

Family First will campaign for stronger Freedom of Information legislation so decision-making in the public service and Government is more open and transparent.

Family First will support the Ombudsman in their job of ensuring the Government is accountable to the public.

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