The Common Wealth – Fairness

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Other values: Preamble, Community Engagement, Equity, Stewardship, Freedom, An Ethical Culture

Fairness


In all our relations we treat all in this country with fairness – the principle of the 'fair go'.

Examples

Unfair dismissal laws, protection of individual property rights, anti-vilification laws. Particular policy attention to original inhabitants.

Alternative values

Policies guided by fairness and justice encourage 'free rider' behaviour, to the detriment of all. We must give equal weight to the interests of those who pay for the rights of minorities – to the majority interests.


Fairness is also a guiding principle, consistent with enlightened self-interest, in foreign policy, trade and aid.

Examples

Commitment to multilateralism in aid and trade, acceptance of appropriate burden of global citizenship.

Alternative values

Multilateralism has gone as far as it can go, and has failed to meet its expectations.


We are all equal before the law, and are protected by a set of defined human rights.

Examples

Access to affordable and timely justice for all in Australia and its territories.

Alternative values

The law is an expensive luxury.

Bills of rights are meaningless; they do not necessarily result in changed behaviour.


Download The Common Wealth (word) (pdf)

Other values: Preamble, Community Engagement, Equity, Stewardship, Freedom, An Ethical Culture


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