There is a deeply concerning perception problem in Australian politics, and this has been the case for some time. Many seem to think that the Labor and Liberal parties are essentially the same. In policy; personnel; propensity to knife a sitting Prime Minister; thousands, if not millions, of Australians believe that they could not be more similar. Only, they're not.
This week we witnessed the collapse of the Liberal Party of Australia. In the most exceptionally stupid display of unhinged arrogance from any Australian government in living memory, Scott Morrison and the Liberals signalled their intent to make Bill Shorten the next Prime Minister.
An Australian Senator invoked the language of THE LITERAL NAZI PARTY to demand a plebiscite on the White Australia policy, 50 years after it was dismantled by Harold Holt and Gough Whitlam.
The 2013 election exposed voters to a concept that was, for many, previously unheard-of: electing small party candidates to the Senate. While independent Senators such as Brian Harradine and Nick Xenophon found success in representing their states, it has always been harder for smaller parties to build a following at a federal level.
How do I know who gets my preferences? Who are the Liberal party are preferencing? What about Labor? Did the Greens really do a preference deal? Is Nick Xenophon still a thing? Does anybody really care about this crap? Here are the facts: PREFERENCE DEALS NO LONGER MATTER
Full disclosure: I am a lapsed foundation member of the Palmer United Party. I became a member on May 22, 2013. I had been seduced by the appeal of Clive Palmer's intellect; his passionate views on immigration; the idea of a party not run by lobbyists; a major alternative that didn't carry the stigma of … Continue reading Don’t Be A Chicken, Palmer
There lies an inherent danger in voting for minority parties in the state election next year. The largest problem is that for many of the small parties in next year's election, their needs would be better served as a lobby group; in fact, the Australian Cyclists Party IS a lobby group, one that is seeking … Continue reading NSW Election 2015: Small Parties, Smaller Minds
What better way to get into the spirit of Easter, than to be spoon-fed outdated and far right-wing views. George Brandis has, this week, reminded us why voting Liberal means voting for yesterday's tomorrow. In an interview with online magazine Spiked! the Attorney-General has described as "medieval, the approach of these true believers in climate change". … Continue reading Sir George, Protector of the Queensland
The election has come and gone. The emotional roller-coaster of the last 3 years has docked itself back at the station and while some have managed to hold on for the next ride, many more are considering the ferris wheel or carousel. Yeah, I had nowhere to go with that carnival metaphor. Moving on. Enough … Continue reading Post Federal Election: A Brave N00b World