The billionaires have had it too good for too long. CEO salaries are up more than 40 percent in a year while living standards for everyone else are getting smashed. Decade after decade, under both major parties, the rich have grown richer while everyone else struggles. And the politicians run Victoria like it’s their own private cash machine.
We have to change things. We’ve got to put politicians on a worker’s wage so that they live like the rest of us. And we’ve got to get socialists into parliament who will fight to make workers richer and billionaires poorer, not the other way around.
Under the business-as-usual politics of Liberal and Labor, Melbourne has become a segregated city: working-class areas are starved of resources while the wealthy suburbs get the best of everything.
The property market has become a casino for speculators interested only in profits, while homes are priced out of reach of an entire generation.
Our gas and electricity infrastructure and services have been sold in the name of “efficiency”. Now we’re paying for it as the energy companies squeeze us for every cent.
Our natural resources – the minerals beneath the ground, the arable land, the forests, the water in our rivers – have been handed to the highest bidder.
The climate emergency gets worse every year as mass extinction events and irreversible biodiversity losses put our future in jeopardy.
Our public schools are the most underfunded in the country and our public health system is in permanent crisis.
Under business-as-usual politics, it’s divide and conquer. Whether it’s the relentless attacks on trans people, the racist panics about “boat people” or “African gangs” or the attacks on Aboriginal sovereignty – all of it is there to divide us and to distract us from the great robbery going on right in front of our eyes.
We need a state that works for everyone. That means taking the power back and building a society that looks after working people and those who have been left behind.
We need to put essential services and infrastructure in public hands again – where they can be used to benefit everyone, rather than just make profits for the few.
We need a socialist society of equality, social justice and environmental sustainability, in which we can organise together to save our planet and reclaim our future.So let’s put a socialist in parliament – to fight for all of us.
No new gas or coal. A zero carbon economy by 2035. Put key polluting industries under government control.
Our schools are in crisis. We need wage increases and improved work conditions to fix the retention crisis, and funding for 10,000 new staff in state schools.
Justice demands that the crimes committed against First Nations people - many of which are ongoing - be addressed, not simply with words, but with deeds.
Overhaul the health system with funding to increase hospital capacity, improve ambulance response times, boost worker numbers and raise wages.
A 5-year freeze on rent increases. Build 150,000 new public housing units over 10 years. Establish a state bank offering low-interest loans on average mortgages.
Victoria must lead the way in the creation of a national, publicly owned power grid that provides cheap, reliable power and leads the transition to an affordable renewable economy.
Politicians are overpaid and out of touch. If elected, we will move legislation to make the basic salary of all MPs no more than a 6th-year nurse ($87,000).
Privatisation of Victoria's transport system has been a total failure, and should be reversed. Public transport should be publicly built, owned and managed.
Stop deregulation and casualisation, and use every means to improve wages and conditions for workers.