What would a democratic Australia look like?

Posted: July 27, 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

As I watch one the most lacklustre, disappointing federal elections I’ve ever experienced, I’m very tempted to just throw up my hands and give up. But instead of just moaning about what is happening, I thought it would be interesting to look at what would make a truly democratic Australia. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Lots of small parties, and independents
  • MPs who see their first responsibility is to the people who elected them to Parliament, rather than to their party, or worse the people who made the most donations
  • Publicly funded elections, with political donations made illegal
  • Restructuring our government structure so that most power is at a regional level
  • better use of the internet to make community decision making a reality
  • ensuring there are a range of views at the policy advice level. Perhaps having a parliament where there is a much stronger role for committees and enquiries in the decision making process.

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