Modern Government

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                                                                                                                            JFK

  • We propose a single house parliament as a more effective and democratic way of representation. The two-chamber parliament is a symbol of inequality, dating back to the old times when aristocrats did not mix with (& listen to) commoners. We don’t think senators are any different than other elected MP’s, and we can’t justify the time and expense to have any bill approved or quashed by them. If we elect our representatives they shall be all equal, the same as we are. Single house parliament (having similar number of seats as the combined Senate and House of Representatives) means equality and improved efficiency.
  • Another way to streamline our legislature is to gradually abolish our state governments. One century after Federation is the right time to make another step forward and accept the reality. In global terms our nation is far too small (e.g. smaller than Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico city...) to justify the relevance of more than half a dozen state governments and parliaments, each representing just a handful  of people on a limited number of issues. We are all Australians and do not need different laws in each state. Such a system is much like our railroads – too many different gauges can’t make transport easier. We need one standard gauge for the whole country, and one government for all states. We don’t have to waste our time and resources for another bunch of bickering state politicians, elections, campaigns, etc.
  • Living in a marginal electorate often offers many benefits which other Australians may only dream for. Industry, employment, schools, hospitals, streets, parks, etc. can be much better than those in “devoted” electorates where one party alone attracts the majority of votes. We shall improve the current system and guarantee equality to all voters by reforming the electoral laws as follows:

    1. States and state elections shall be abandoned and all responsibilities shall be transferrd to the federal government.

    2. In line with our proposed longer government terms federal/national elections shall be held once every 5 years.

    3. The number of single-member electorates (also called divisions, seats or constituencies) shall be equal to the number of seats in the new single chamber parliament (i.e. 226)  

    4. The number of people (i.e. the population quota) in each electorate shall be approximately the same (around 100 000 or population / seats). Population changes shall be taken into account by regular electoral redistributions which shall take place every decade.

    5. Votes shall be counted on electoral and national basis. Each party shall receive a number of seats corresponding to its national vote share. Electoral count shall only be used for seat allocation as outlined in the following example:

    If party “A” wins 46% of the votes (not for a particular electorate but on a national level) then it shall have 226(see above) x 0.46 = 104 seats. These seats shall be allocated as follows:

    In electorates where party “A” candidates are local winners (at electoral level) they shall be included in the total number of 104.

    Party “A” may win on a local level in more than 104 electorates but shall not have more than 104 seats.

    If party “A” is a local winner in less than 104 electorates its best performing candidates (those with most votes) shall fill the remaining seats (where party “A” is not a local winner) in the 104 seat quota.

    The winning party (or coalition) shall have the choice to nominate its seats first (again based on the above principles). The second choice shall belong to the second best party, etc.

  • We shall put an end to compulsory voting. If no party is good enough to deserve your vote it is your right to enjoy your time elsewhere (and not get fined for doing it). Australia is one of a few countries in the world where this system is employed and we can not see any benefit of it. Compulsory voting is only camouflage hiding the real interest of the public in our political parties. On the opposite - election turnout is a measure how relevant our political system is.
  • We shall introduce new standards of honesty, responsibility and transparency at all government levels. Everyone dealing with any government institution shall be able to trace her/his actions (if receipt is requested) and expect an answer or outcome within a specified time.
  • There will be no “closed door” activities in any government branch – media (and public wherever possible) will be allowed to attend any event, as long as they wish (except for police investigations, which shall be available for public/media scrutiny after the end of legal proceedings or specified period of time after the case is closed)
  • We shall allow public and media access to all government archives - past and present. There would be no more state secrets – new or old!  We firmly believe that the public has the right to know the truth, whatever it is.
  • Our governments are elected for a mere 3 year term and compared with many other democracies have a short life span. In many cases 3 years are not long enough to carry out any serious reform, great project or long term plan. This short term planning and governance results in political shortsightedness and enormous waste of public money, time, effort and votes. We shall endeavor to extend the government terms to 5 years and ensure that your election vote is not wasted to elect another government who had no time to implement the reforms you voted for. We shall also outlaw the “snap elections” practice and make certain that our (and every other) government doesn’t abuse electoral process (i.e. get another term in office exactly when the public opinion is most favorable...) and waste millions of hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars.
  • Modern communication technology makes life easier and we believe there is no longer a need to have the entire government in one place any longer. Many government offices and departments shall be gradually decentralized - scattered (and equally distributed) around the country rather than concentrated in Canberra where they currently are.
  • We shall democratize our parliamentary protocols and ceremonies (incl. oath of allegiance) by removing all references to religion and royalty. Our representatives and government officials (senators, parliamentarians, ministers, etc.) are elected to serve our people and their loyalty and devotion shall no longer belong to overseas royalties or deities.       
  • Political parties shall represent the interests of ordinary people, and not tycoons or businesses. Many politicians are elected with the "generous" support  from such powerful corporations & individuals and defend not our but their interests. We shall end this practice by introducing $1000 limit on all political donations.

Also see: Republic, Information and Media

 

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