Monday, 3 June 2013

A Week in Politics

This week was quite funny. Well I thought so.  Some background, Tony Abbot has said that he wants an open and transparent government. The ALP apparently have funding problems. This week it was announced the "political donation bill" where $50m of tax payers money would be hived off to pay for party administration and political campaigns. The public and independent MP's stated this bill was immoral. Julia Gillard and Tony Abbot seemed surprised at this attitude. Lets look at this. A deal was done in secret, is this seems normal for the ALP re the mining bill, but seem hipocritical of Tony Abbot! The budget stated that the Australian bank account was "overdrawn" but several billion dollars and they want to take some more out of the pot.  I could go on.
The fact that Tony Abbot has withdrawn his support of the bill shows he listens!
They (the party leasers) say there is democracy in Australia, I'd say it a strangled version of it. Democracy has two main caviats, choice and dissemination of power - to allow the local community to govern themselves. In Australia there is a lack of choice in that there is compulsory voting and two party preference.  And they wonder why the young are not registering to vote! And for the dissemination for power is nonexistent in that all the power is slowly heading to the centre. Its almost a feudal system. The main difference between here and Zimbabwe is that we can still vote for our dictator!   
What needs to be done? Get rid of two party politics, the two party preferences and clear the way for smaller parties to have their say and bring in accountability. The government has racked up huge debt but it is us who'll have to pay it off. Where is the accountability? This is just the start, I could go on. Have you read The Prince by Machiavelli? Well worth the read!

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