Who We Are

Who We Are

The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is a unique grassroots advocacy & activist organisation comprised of over 75,000 members dedicated to standing up for hardworking Australian taxpayers. We oppose the high taxes, wasteful spending, and crippling red tape that is hurting Aussie families and businesses, and provide a voice for everyone who opposes the big-government agenda.

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We are  also advised by our Academic Fellows and our Board of Advisers

Vision Statement

The vision of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance is to transform Australia into the low-tax, small-government, market-based economy needed for continued personal, national and international prosperity.

What We Believe

  • Australians pay too much tax just to prop up wasteful government spending

  • Aussie businesses are being crippled by over-regulation, costing tens of thousands of jobs.

  • Our huge bureaucracy means entrepreneurs can’t get a fair go

  • A free economy is the best way to achieve economic prosperity

  • We need to slash the size of government and return power to Australians

  • We need transparency to know how the government is spending our money.

  • We need to give power back to actual workers, not union bosses or government bureaucrats

 

What We Do

  • Spread the message of small government, individual freedom, and free markets to the Australian people through traditional and new media techniques of civic engagement

  • Run grassroots online campaigns to lobby governments to achieve policy objectives

  • Run events throughout Australia including panel discussions, conferences, special guest presentations, and social functions

  • Educate Australians of the benefits of a lean government as opposed to the counterproductive effects of a bloated government and cronyism

  • Create a positive, identifiable vision of a prosperous Australia to inspire people to take action to achieve this future.

  • Identify examples of the colossal waste of taxpayer dollars by government and expose them to the general public through media campaigns

  • Identify, educate, and mobilise centre-right Australians to effectively engage in activities to influence the Australian political agenda and provide the necessary support, development, training

  • Provide a powerful voice for taxpayers in the political process

  • We are also the umbrella body for a number of affiliate organisations you can see here.



Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance?

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) is an innovative activist organisation, dedicated to fighting Australia’s crippling levels of taxation, over-regulation, and government waste through the creation of an empowered and highly-mobilised grassroots movement.

Why is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance needed?

Political discourse in Australia is been dominated by numerous highly vocal left-wing astroturf groups such as GetUp!, with no activists challenging them or providing open support for good public policy. As a result, the Australian economy is being strangled by high taxation, excessive regulation, and government waste, and unless we change course, Australia faces long term economic disaster. The ATA is critical in educating, activating and mobilising Australians to support sound policy, and provide the momentum necessary to convert this into legislative reform.

How is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance different from the CIS or the IPA?

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is not a think tank: it is a do tank!  Rather than focusing on conducting research, or influencing opinion leaders, the activities of the ATA are directed towards educating and activating everyday Australians, thereby creating an effective grassroots movement for change.

Is this a right-wing GetUp?

No! In contrast to the out-dated command-and-control style micromanagement structure of GetUp!, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is a decentralised network designed to empower individuals to take action in their own communities, and create their own ‘franchises’ within an appropriate framework. As such, ATA activities are directed through the demonstratively more-effective ‘bottom-up’ method, in contrast to the out-dated top-down approach used by GetUp. This key difference ensures that the ATA can be considerably more effective than GetUp!, while requiring less resources.

Why the name Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance?

Australian taxpayers are presently unrepresented in political debate where special interest groups and ‘rent seekers’ dominate. As such, hard-working Australian taxpayers must have a voice in political discourse. Furthermore, with the decentralised structure of the ATA, numerous subsidiaries have been established under the overall ATA framework, providing further opportunities for special projects and demographic micro-targeting.

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