Active citizens make politicians work for them
“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle merite.
Every country has the government it deserves.”
(Josephe de Maistre , Lettres et Opuscules Inedites (1851) vol.1, letter 53 (15 August 1811)
There needs to a be a large educational change to create a new generation of Australians who are taught about the operation of government from an early age, with that understanding increased over time with practical applications. A graduate from the education system should know exactly how to engage with government institutions at every level to achieve the results they require. This would in turn create a new culture of activism that would create new political organizations and motivations to build the diversity of opinion a healthy democracy needs to function. This process would drive us away from a two party system to a multi-party democracy where the final outcome is likely to far more balanced and actually work for the benefit of the people.
This education, however, needs to start with the current population who never received this knowledge and experience at school and need to be brought up to speed to bring our political parties into line.
Change the political game from schoolyard fights to visionary leadership
To manage the changes described in this document, we need transformational leaders, not transactional administrators. The world is not good the way it as and we need massive change now. Demanding the changes we need is the beginning of changing the politicians we will support. Holding them to account for their statements and actions should be a matter of personal pride for every Australian. Ignoring their attempts at distraction to keep them focused on the real policies that the nation demands will drive the kind of leaders we need. The purely power hungry will need to change their ambitions to suit the nation, or be soundly dumped and left on the sidelines.
Multi-Party Politics: Make politicians work for your vote.
Australia only has four parties involved in government and opposition who individually attracted more than 8% of the primary vote. The Clive Palmer party with just 5.5% of the primary vote beat the long term National party by over a percent and after that we have a number of parties and independents with 1% or less. The fact that Clive Palmer was able to gain so much support in just one election, with a party that only existed for five months prior to the election is representative of the amount of dissatisfaction country voters feel with the Liberal led coalition.
We need to break up the two old parties to move towards more parties that represent a more diverse range of Australian opinion. An ideal distribution would be about eight parties with 10-15% of the primary vote, with the remainder independent and fringe groups. If more Australians saw the political system in this way, we would see a greater diversity in voting patterns and support for more parties – looking at Australia this way makes the future look much better. We need to break the illusion of the two party system, which the population has almost managed without external assistance and make Australians see we are different to the US and UK populations that continue to support neoliberal regimes.
This level of diversity will force parties to work harder for a vote. This will force the argument to be about policy instead of random distractions and slogans. This will keep them so busy keeping us happy that the corporatocracy is forced out for lack of interest. They would have to bribe large swathes of the population to get their way instead of simply appealing to the selfish greed of the current politicians.