Policy ideas

In the long term, you will be able to develop and submit your own bills and decisions. However, this is an experiment, we have to do it step-by-step to ensure it works. In the beginning, MPs, senators and councillors will continue to submit bills and decisions in parliaments and councils. You will be able to vote on the bills and decisions, and People Decide MPs, senators and councillors are contracted to vote with you on them. People Decide MPs, senators and councillors have ideas on what they may like to submit to parliaments and councils. You do not have to agree with them. At the end of the day, they are contracted to vote with you in parliaments and councils. These are some of Karel Boele's policy ideas.

Participatory democracy
Bill of Rights
Royal Commission into the Iraq war

Participatory democracy

People Decide's vision is to make a more representative, effective, efficient and stable form of government.

It's aim is to do this by using a mix of representative, deliberative and direct democracy.

The method consists of developing a well-researched, long term, step-by-step model and plan, and refine it as results and user participation are evaluated after elected.

See How it works and FAQ.

Plan table

Bill of Rights

People Decide and Karel Boele support a Bill of Rights enshrined in the Australian Constitution to ensure human rights are upheld. Participatory democracy can improve human rights but it is not fail-safe.

The Australian government has passed legislation that has not considered the impact on human rights on many occasions. There is no legal framework that gives it pause for thought to do so. The Australian Constitution protects some rights, such as: ensuring people are free to exercise any religion, but it is not comprehensive.

A Bill of Rights will do this.

Switzerland which has had direct democracy since the later Middle Ages has showed people vote in the best interests for society above their own, for example, when the need presented clearly the people raised taxes.

However, a Bill of Rights or the protection in Australian Constitution for freedom of religion, may have stopped Switzerland banning minarets on Mosques in 2009. Other religions are still free to build structures to celebrate their religion. This is arguably against the basic human right for freedom of religion and discriminates against one particular group.

It's likely Switzerland also broke its obligations under international law. People Decide has a mechanism in place to stop such a thing happening.

For further information see Karel's response to Black Lives Matter, Dallas police shootings, Bastille attack and the coup in Turkey

Royal Commission into the Iraq war

Killing 100,000s people directly or indirectly not in self-defence is illegal, it is mass murder. By doing it under the name of democracy you deceive others into thinking it is ok. This is even worse. The Chilcot Report found "there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein", Andrew Wilkie MP resigned from the Office of National Assessments in protest over the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Howard ignored advice. Wilkie states that the invasion of Iraq contributed to the eventual emergence of IS.

If we stand by democracy and justice we need to accept it ourselves. This event is of such magnitude we need a Royal Commission into it with a terms of reference to allow the International Criminal Court to investigate if Howard or any other officials are culpable. This is the first step we need to make to help bring peace to the Middle East otherwise we have no authority and are just hypocritical. People Decide MPs and Senators will vote no to any pre-emptive attack when in Parliament.

We will do what we can in our position in Parliament to establish a Royal Commission into the Iraq war.

For further information see Karel's response to Black Lives Matter, Dallas police shootings, Bastille attack and the coup in Turkey