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.
- 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.