Possible Threats to our Democracy

1.    Party Politics

  • Defined parties can put the voter in a little box at the expense of their individuality.
  • If member is voted in on a party ticket, is their loyalty to the party or the electorate?
  • Despite the claim of greater stability in Government, the two party duopoly is restricting the scope of choices available.

2.    Parliamentary Integrity

  • Conflicts of interest, rorting entitlements and the like encourage cynicism and dissuade involvement.

3.    Lobbyists.

  • A majority of lobbying is done on the behalf of community and corporate interests. It is dividual that have the vote not groups.
  • Lobbyists generally lobby only those in power. This reduces contrary and critical analysis of the issue at hand.

4.    Election funding.

  • Funding on the basis of voting from the prior election is paid to a party not the elected representative.
  • Plutocracy and elected oligarchy are not democracy.

5.    Compromised Senate Independence

  • The Senate is primarily a check on excesses of power and protecting State Rights. Having senators have portfolios reduces the independence of the Senate.
  • The enate is supposed to reflect the needs of the States, not the composition of the Lower House.

6.    Electorate Polarisation

  • The polarisation of the electorate reduces the accountability of the parliament and reduces the need for negotiation /debate around Bills. Resulting bills are in danger of not being best tested.

7.    Portfolio Responsibilities

  • The level of representation of an individual electorate can be compromised by the added responsibility of a Portfolio place on a Member.

8.    Parliamentary Performance

  • Key Performance  Indicators should be available to the electorate in an ongoing manner, not just at election time.
  • If a member is ejected from Parliament then the electorate loses representation during that period.

9.    Political appointments

  • A meritocracy is a better Quality Assurance system than a gotyourarseary.   🙂

10.   Media concentration

  • A balance of ideas, or a wider range of  perspectives will strengthen any legislation and reduce the frequency of review or revision.

11.   The encroachment into Judicial/Legal/ Law enforcement responsibilities.

  • Parliaments need to remain focused to ensure the quality of legislation.

12.   Misuse of Authority

  • Power is the granting of responsibility with the authority to discharge that responsibility. Power is not authority without responsibility.

13.    Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.

  • Parliament makes the decisions on how elections are run. The ALP and NLP essentially can work together to try and restrict the emergence of Independents and new parties.

2 thoughts on “Possible Threats to our Democracy

  1. Good stuff mate.
    I’d add the actions of that scared weird little guy, Campbell Newman. His bikie laws will more than likely spread to all states.

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