I hate to sound ignorant but I'm not really up on Australian politics.
I enjoyed reading about The Australian Party in the link you provided.
I must say it's all very familiar and pretty similar to the Labour / Conservative Party scenario we have here in the UK.
Very little difference between the two party's nowadays and they both seem hell bent on maintaining the status quo.
In the last election here in the UK many people thought they were voting for change when they voted for the LibDems, how wrong they've been proved to
be as their leader Clegg sold his soul, and his parties integrity, for 30 pieces of silver and a couple of minor Cabinet positions.
The Lib Dems have had no effect whatsoever on Tory policy and this administration is more repressive than any I have known and as such the LibDems are
complicit in dragging the UK backwards towards the 19th Century.
I don't know how likely it would be but I sincerely hope you don't end up with a hung parliament like we did.
Which leads me to point out that maybe the problem doesn't really lie with the party's as such but rather the root cause is the restrictive and
dogmatic nature of the party political system as a whole.
Certainly in the UK this has led to a situation where adherence to party line and political dogma takes precedence over the interest's and wishes of
I suspect that thing's may not be too dissimilar in Australia.
Urgent and drastic reform of both the electoral and parliamentary processes are required.
Personally I see no reason why some form of Direct Democracy can not be introduced including devolved power to the regions, increased use of
referendums on both local and national issues, the power of recall etc can not be implemented.
This would result in the people having a real and genuine say in the governing of their own countries.
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