About Us

Where the National Civic Council stands:

The Primacies

  • The family as the basic unit of society, the foundation of the nation and the most effective provider of welfare to children, the sick or disabled, and the aged.
  • The small unit in agriculture (the family farm), business, government and unions in opposition to monopolies and excessive centralisation.
  • The integrity of the individual, including full legal protection of the right to life for all human beings from fertilisation to natural death.
  • Patriotism, built around the foundations of an independent foreign policy based on the national interest, self-reliance in defence, and insistence on Australia’s sovereignty over financial markets or international agencies.
  • Judeo-Christian values which provide the cement to hold our society together in opposition to the prevailing view which rejects the concept of the common good and makes the difference between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, a matter of personal preference only rather than objective reality.

Therefore we believe in:

  • Accountability of governments to parliaments and parliaments to the people and the equality of all before the law.
  • Rigorous education which
    • a)      Values the acquisition of knowledge as well as the processes of learning and promotes intellectual excellence and disciplines (such as history and philosophy) abandoned by influential educational theorists; and
    • b)      Provides the base of knowledge necessary for every person to participate fully as a member of society.
  • Values. Support for policies which reinforce traditional values and opposition to polices and practices which negate or undermine these values.
  • Individualism. The rejection of polices and ideologies based on individualism which undermine the community and society.
  • Foreign debt. Elimination of the foreign debt which threatens our economic independence.
  • Public assets. Ensuring that ‘selling off the farm’ does not place Australia’s interests effectively in foreign hands.
  • Affordable bank loans for capable small businesses, primary producers and home buyers.
  • Currency controls. The restoration of control over money flowing into and out of Australia to ensure we retain control over our economy.
  • Family support by restoring meaningful economic support to families (i.e. homemaker’s allowance) and ensuring every family has a full-time breadwinner.
  • Parental roles. Recognition of the role and responsibilities of parents, and supporting buttressing that role.
  • Children. Support for policies which recognize the importance of children and enhance their well-being.
  • Divorce. Opposition to easy divorce laws.
  • The family. Support for policies which enhance intact families, rejection of lifestyles which undermine family values.
  • Governments having a positive interventionist role in ensuring economic growth and full employment whilst rejecting the economic rationalist view that society is just a mass of competing individuals whose interest are best served by unbridled free market completion.
  • The disadvantaged. Support for policies to assist those who through no fault of their own are disadvantaged, to live a dignified life and to develop their skills and talent to their potential, but opposition to people taking unfair advantage of the taxpayer and to policies which discourage people from developing their sense of self-worth and their skills and talents.
  • Supporting devolution of responsibility for the provision and delivery of public services to the smallest unit of government possible.
  • Law. Recognition of the supremacy of a single legal system (e.g. Aboriginal customary law does not have the same status as the common law or legislation), and rejection of the idea that all cultures are equal.
  • Encouragement of people to know about their roots, their culture and their origin, but not at public expense.
  • Democracy. Support for the system of government based on an executive (cabinet and the bureaucracy) which is answerable to parliament, rather than an executive which dominates the parliament through the party system and control of party meetings, and an independent judiciary which is responsible for administering and interpreting the law.
  • The environment. Acceptance of our obligation not to squander the resources we have inherited and to leave them in good condition, but opposition to treating trees and animals as being equal to human beings.
  • Foreign policy which is independent but based on Australia’s being part of the Western alliance.
  • Adequate defence which requires a sufficient level of spending. (Currently defence spending is below 2 per cent of GDP at the same time as defence spending in the region is increasing and the technological advantage Australia has enjoyed over nearby countries is being eroded.)