This election proved to be no exception after all – politics is a battle over small margins, apathy reigns supreme among voters, the particracy rules and democracy is the loser every time.
Just as Game of Thrones seems likely to end with a whimper, leaving someone in charge as corrupted by the process of getting there as the psychopath who crumbled under the weight of the rubble that killed the incumbent – Cersei Lannister – the Game of Votes may well end up proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same…
The franking credits scare campaign is working. Once again, sensible tax reforms is sacrificed on the altar of short-term politics and the absence of a holistic approach. Once again politics gets in the way of policy making. Once again, fear and obfuscation are winning.
First published on Independent Australia
What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed about American politics is equally relevant here. As we enter into what may the last Parliamentary sitting week before the next Federal election, I fear it will descend into more lies, fear and obfuscation than ever.
It is not religious freedom that is under threat. It is the churches that is being threatened by extinction, and that can only be good for the faithful.
We live in a particracy, not a democracy. Party politics have taken democracy hostage and made politics more important than policy while disenfranchising voters.
As we are changing Prime Ministers with the same frequency as Italy, our reputation as a country to be taken seriously on the world stage is at risk. An Italian Job is not good politics!
What the Malcolm Turnbull legacy will be remains to be seen. When he appeared on a special edition of the ABC’s QandA last Thursday, he was as charming, evasive and polite as ever. We didn’t learn much, but is this the end of his political career as he claims, or the beginning of a new chapter?
As the Morrison government stumbles from fumble to bungle on a daily basis, Labor leader Bill Shorten is keeping a low profile. Would this not be his turn to shine, or is he just biding his time?
Democracy reform is long overdue. Is the election of independent Kerryn Phelps at the Wentworth by-election a sign of things to come – an Australian spring – led by independents? Or led by Bill Shorten? Or both.