What is sovereignty?

Sovereignty can be defined as "the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory", while a "sovereign" can be defined as "the supreme lawmaking authority within its jurisdiction". Wikipedia defines sovereignty as follows:

For centuries past, the idea that a state could be sovereign was always connected to its ability to guarantee the best interests of its own citizens. Thus, if a state could not act in the best interests of its own citizens, it could not be thought of as a sovereign state.

The ASP intends for Australia to reclaim its status as a sovereign state - whereby it acts in the best interests of its people, and not in the interests of "special interest groups" or foreign agencies such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation or the International Monetary Fund. When the framers of the Australian constitution commented on the sovereignty of the Australian people, they said:

For the truth is, the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable authority remains with the people.

The ASP envisions a nation where the people are governed in a fair and just manner, and where the authority of the government finds its source with the people. Our rights do not flow from the government - the government is only there to protect our rights, liberty and property. The government must be our agent, and as such it has no authority to act outside the scope of its mandate.

We (the founding members of the ASP) hold dear to the concept of sovereignty - and that is why we call ourselves the Australian Sovereignty Party. We believe our policies will enshrine this concept at both the national and personal level.