We live in a particracy, not a democracy. Party politics have taken democracy hostage and made politics more important than policy while disenfranchising voters.
Politics and ethics don’t often seem to go together. But it is where the democracy reform process needs to start: demanding that our elected representatives are committed to a minimum set of ethical standards.
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.
The Ghosts of Eureka are still haunting us. Terra Australis has come a long way since the rebellions of 1854, but that last crucial step to becoming a fully independent nation again remains elusive.
As trust in our political leaders continue to decline, writings and commentary decrying the malaise in which our democracy finds itself in is booming, including Facebook-, Murdoch- and ABC-bashing, lamenting populism, trashing Trump-ism and generally blaming all the other ‘ism’s’ except one’s own.
I love the infectious laughter of the Kookaburra. It is the epitome not just of the Australian bush, but of the larrikin Australian. The ones that don’t take themselves too seriously. But lately the joke is on us, our politicians are making a laughing stock of our country, and for all the wrong reasons.
The game of musical chairs played in Canberra reveals yet again one of the fundamental problems with our political system – the lack of leadership.
Seeing the self-destruction of a political opponent is, of course, more important than taking action against the destruction of our planet. Party politics is failing democracy in Australia.
The latest poll shows that the two major parties combined now only have support from two thirds of voters. The latest in an endless series of leadership ructions is part of the problem. Voters just don’t trust politicians and it is the party system that is to blame.
Party politics has been allowed to take control over the political discourse at all levels. The voters are disillusioned and disengaged. How do we break the Gordian Knot of partisan control over democracy?