A government ‘White Paper’ is a universally recognised national government report document outlining the government’s proposed policy for a selected socio-economic portfolio. A White Paper is made available to the nation’s people for their review and comment to encourage widespread national discussion, debate and analysis. A ‘Defence White Paper’ is a classic example.
White Papers originate in governments, and many point to the Churchill White Paper of 1922 as the earliest well-known example. White Papers are tools of participatory democracy.
White Papers typically outline government preferences prior to introducing legislation, and so serve to enable a government to gauge public sentiment especially about controversial policy issues and the probable impact of proposed legislation. White Papers are not an unalterable policy commitment by the government. After the public discourse process, many changes are usually made between the original White Paper and the eventual government policy and resulting Bills and legislation.
In contrast, ‘Green Papers’ are preliminary white papers which loosely discuss proposed policy ideas to which a government seeks public views and opinion.
In the European Union, the United Kingdom, Commonwealth, Hong Kong and the United States a green paper is a tentative government report and consultation document of policy proposals for debate and discussion, without any commitment to action; the first step in changing the law.
So what is a ‘Blue Paper’ ?
A ‘Blue Paper‘ is a draft policy framework for socio-economic initiatives to realign government to a nation’s nationalist priorities. The first Blue Paper was formulated by the Australia First Party in Australia in 2013 out of the true blue spirit of Traditional Australians and our historic struggles for independent nationhood.
Like green papers, blue papers are consultation documents that outline policy framework proposals under the umbrella of particular portfolio such as Defence, Industry, Border Protection and Immigration. Blue Papers go beyond white papers. A Blue Paper is a summary report outlining a proposed national policy overhaul to change national laws within a given socio-economic portfolio. They necessarily invite the views and reviews of the citizens of the nation and so are a tool of participatory democracy of a nation.
Blue Papers may include proposals for implementation and legislative drafting to make effect to the policy framework. They can mean a radical change from the status quo of a nation’s governmental structure.
- Conditional Citizenship
- Australian Values Standard
- Nation State Democracy
- Society’s Dirt Dozen
- Australian National Taxi
- Uniform Pensions Bill
- National Wealth Fund
- National Decent Workplace
- National Redirection 2013