Our Beliefs and Values
The Liberal Party of Western Australia believes in:
- ln Australia, its people and its future.
- ln the innate worth of the individual, in the right to be independent, to own property and to achieve, and in the need to encourage initiative and personal responsibility.
- ln the basic freedoms of thought, worship, speech, association and choice.
- ln equality of opportunity, with all Australians having the opportunity to reach their full potential in a tolerant national community.
- ln a just and humane society, where those who cannot provide for themselves can live in dignity.
- In the family as the primary institution for fostering the values on which a cohesive society is built.
- ln the creation of wealth and in competitive enterprise, consumer choice and reward for effort as the Proven means of providing prosperity for all Australians.
- ln the principle of mutual obligation, whereby those in receipt of government benefits make some form of contribution to the community in return, where this is appropriate.
- ln the importance of voluntary effort and voluntary organisations.
- ln parliamentary democracy as the best system for the expression and fulfilment of the aspirations of a free people.
- ln the separation and distribution of powers as the best protection for the democratic process.
- ln a federal system of government and the decentralisation of power, with local decisions being made at the local level.
- ln a constitutional head of state as a symbol of unity and continuity.
- In Government being sufficiently responsive so that it can meet its proper obligations to its citizens.
- ln Government keeping to its core business and not competing with the private sector.
- ln the rule of law and justice, giving all citizens equal rights under the law, responsibilities to maintain it, and the freedom to change it.
- In Australia playing a constructive role in the pursuit and maintenance of international peace in alliance with other free nations and in assisting Iess advantaged peoples.
- ln Liberalism, with its emphasis on the individual and enterprise, as the political philosophy best able to meet the demands and challenges of the 2lst century.