IS DEMOCRACY DEAD IN AUSTRALIA?

 

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When are Australia’s politicians going to realise that they are there because they represent us, Australians. Their private beliefs are not really relevant in the scope of their job as politicians. They are there to represent our wishes, not their own personal interests.

If Australia wants gay marriage legalised, then our beloved politicians should do as we say. Again, they should do what we say, not what they want.

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 27, 2016 by reporter Matthew Knott.

“A split has opened within the Coalition over same-sex marriage, with conservative senators warning they may vote against allowing gays and lesbians to marry even if the Australian public backs the change at a national plebiscite.”

What’s a national plebiscite? From www.dictionary.com

noun
1. a direct vote by the electorate of a state, region, etc, on some question of usually national importance, such as union with another state or acceptance of a government programme

2.any expression or determination of public opinion on some matter

Synonyms – election, polling, referendum. from www.thesaurus.com


The report goes on to state that, “Senator Eric Abetz said he would not necessarily vote with the majority while fellow senator Cory Bernardi went further by saying he would definitely not vote in favour of same-sex marriage, regardless of the public’s verdict.”

Then, “Liberal National MP Warren Entsch, a leading advocate of same-sex marriage, slammed the senators’ stance as “bizarre” and “extraordinary.”

The report goes on to say that these senators will vote against same-sex marriage regardless of what you and I want and vote for in the plebiscite (referendum). My question is, “When did the Australian people elect a senator to act on his or her own opinions and not the will of the people? In my opinion, the Liberal National MP, Warren Entsch should have slammed the fact that the senators intend to vote according to their personal beliefs, not necessarily the will of the people.

Tell me again, why we have politicians? Why we have elections? And what those elections actually do other than put people in parliament that make decisions for us?

For far too long, Australia’s (and probably the rest of the world’s) politicians have made decisions for us and those decisions are not always in our best interest. It’s time we stopped them from doing it.

Why do we vote?

I don’t know about you, but I vote for the candidates that seem to best represent my views and beliefs. Maybe that should stop. Maybe we should have a referendum on each major issue and our politicians take our collective votes, debate them in parliament and represent our ideals and ideas.

And, why do we still have compulsory voting?

Compulsory voting does not represent the true concerns of those who want to vote and make a difference. I don’t know what the results of elections would be if compulsory voting was abolished, but I would be more confident that the results were a more accurate picture of what Australia wants as far as political representation if compulsory voting was abolished.

As far as I know, this would eliminate the donkey or informal vote which is allocated to the current or outgoing party. If enough people voted informal, then we could essentially retain a government that was not performing.

On many occasions, I have witnessed complete apathy from some people who don’t care who gets into power. I have often heard, “What does it matter? They are all the same anyway. It’s too hard to tell them apart anymore.” I say to them, “Then vote thoughtfully. Evaluate the representatives and vote for the one that will represent what you believe in. We have relied for far too long on what the political commentators tell us to think.

Let’s make a difference at our next Federal election which will be later this year.

What are the big issues for you? Let’s get them into the arena to be discussed.

 

Sources: Sydney Morning Heraldwww.dictionary.comwww.thesaurus.com

Darryl Bothe

Writer, Business Man, Politician, Friend. http://darrylbothe.com/about-me/

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