I was thinking about Australia's political parties and how so many Australians don't believe a single thing any one of the politicians within them say. I feel like everyone could be provided for, our most intelligent people as well funded scientists, our doctors with more staff, The Murry and the rivers attached to it addressed, recognition that renewable energy is both not more expensive or less effective (more actually) than fossil fuels. That whistle-blowers could exist and not go to jail whether they are from politics, big corporations or taking care of refugees getting the truth out there, to the odd union which isn't the representation of the workers it is supposed to be. But no matter what is said and what action is or isn't taken the political parties are treated as identical.
You know neither Paul Keating or John Howard won by votes in 1996? John Howard got a small majority of a vote within his own government. What bullcrap is that? People were really pissed then and this stuff wasn't as public as it is now. This has happened less obviously with seats not won by votes and still happens, an undercover electrol college if you will.
the entire political system - quite globally - is rotten & corrupted to the core, due to the reality of multinational corporations manipulating the puppets, errh, politicians.
the one certain way out of this is by razing the system to the ground & growing something fresh & new on that compost, grassroots-style.
i am with the yellow vests, btw - vive la revolucion!
Of course. I see no hope unless the labor party abandons electoralism, focus group politics, right wing discredited economics, and factionalism based on right wing unions, and embraces a truly progressive agenda, not dressed up focus group based targetted short term policies, and think longer than winning an election and enjoying the lurks and perks of office. The Hawke Keating ideological gutting of the ALP continues to this day. They have forgotten how to be a party of the Left, so corrupted by 'New Left' thinking of the 80s and 90s that has been ruinous to working people. As for the parties of the right, they have only one goal, and that is to protect and enhance the power of Capital. That will never change.
Consider the myth - we live in a democracy held to be at the forefront of enabling citizens - compulsory voting, white women vote - long ago, First Nation's People's votes fifty years ago, freedom of speech supposedly guaranteed under the 117-year-old Constitution.
How true is this when you cannot vote on your ballot paper that none of the presenting candidates is fit to represent you?
We recently had a person present for council election. That person should have been registered as a person unfit to hold directorships / public office and placed on a ban for ten years. That government corruption is such that the regulatory bodies are emasculated through lack of funds and cannot apply the law of the land to large conglomerates let alone pissant parochial country organisations is further indictment of the failure. Needless to say the Electoral Commission did nothing with the evidence when it was presented to them and even allowed the person to be given highly paid office.
I am reminded of a very large American bank that I once worked for. They employed a system of rated inspections to determine the effectiveness of each operating unit. This was recorded in a weighty report. For many years Hong Kong operated way above company expectations then one day an employee defrauded a large sum of money. The glowing reports like the operation reported on were written on rice paper and dissolved at the first downpour.
So it is with democracies and their governments. Party members are rarely allowed to vote according to their electorates wishes but have to follow party mandate. A mandate usually driven by monetary donations to the party, religious advocacy in a secular country or the minority squeaking the shrillest.