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How will my vote influence the Federal Government?

Your vote in the Federal election on May 18 can decide if Parliament will introduce policies that help us or create more barriers in our lives. First Nations and migrant members of Colour Code have voted for a list of policy areas that affect us and our communities - and will be asking every political party and politician whether they are prepared to support them.

Together, we will independently assess their words, actions and policies to let our communities know exactly what voting for them means for us.

First Nations justice

  • Support putting First Nations Affairs in First Nations hands
  • Take action on deaths in custody, starting with a comprehensive audit of the implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations.
  • End the Northern Territory Intervention.
  • End the racist and punitive Community Development Program.
  • Restore critical funding partnerships between state and federal governments for remote Aboriginal community housing.

Calling out racism

  • Oppose associating or partnering with extreme racist groups known for violence against people because of the colour of their skin, or the language they speak such as Reclaim Australia; or – explicit discrimination against migrant groups such as Pauline Hanson's One Nation party (who have called for discrimination against people from China and other backgrounds).
  • Commit to not singling out or targeting our communities on the basis of race, culture, religion, or language.

Supporting multiculturalism

  • Support proper legal protections against racial discrimination at our workplace, in our schools and when we access public services with support for Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act as well as implementing further protections and policies.
  • Commit to multiculturalism and a diverse community.
  • Reverse the changes made that will exclude migrants from accessing vital safety nets like income support, paid parental leave and other support services that are available to all other Australians.
  • Oppose the introduction of expensive and confusing English-language tests and delaying waiting times for Australian citizenship.
  • Implement programs that will ensure fair representation of people from non-English speaking backgrounds in Parliament, Government, and the media.

A fair migration system

  • Ensure that migrant families are allowed family reunion, to stop the separation of parents and children.
  • Reject attempts to introduce or strengthen rules in the Migration Act which will see one punishment applied to those who were born in Australia, and tougher punishments applied to both kids and adults born outside of Australia who have made this country their home.
  • End the exploitative temporary migration program that leaves migrants bouncing from visa to visa, highly vulnerable to unscrupulous employers, underpaid, and unable to reunite with their families - and instead re-introduce the permanent migration program on which Australia's national reputation was built.

Protection for people seeking safety

  • Support and commit to implement the 'Medi-vac Bill' which instituted a process to allow people detained in offshore detention to be transferred to the Australian mainland for medical treatment and assessment at the behest of a panel of Australian doctors.
  • Support the full evacuation of all those refugees and people seeking asylum held on Nauru and Manus Island for over 5 years to safety in Australia or an equivalent third country.

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