CLEVELAND – It’s very clear that Australia’s political system is fractured and no one has any idea how to fix it.
We’ve been watching the watering down of a new Integrity Commission. Both sides of politics – Labor and Liberal National – conspired to do that. What have they got to hide?
A huge credibility gap seems to have silently snuck up on us old timers.
Anyone born before the 1960's (and maybe the 1970's) has now been superseded by the Gen XYZ's and Millennials bearing apps on smart phones to access the echo chambers of social media and absorb propaganda by as many wings of politics as you can think of.
In order to be able to evaluate and form balanced opinions, people need some education in history and a bit of experience.
These days apparently history isn't taught in most classrooms or, if it is, it presents a very limited view of how and why we got to here.
It feels like we have had our society ripped from under our feet and that those in power are just waiting for us to get out of the way so that they can take control.
What the sheeple don't understand is that they are being collectively managed to become the mindless automatons of George Orwell’s '1984'. No, he’s not on Facebook? He doesn’t have a web page. There’s no app to download.
If it were just us griping about lost opportunities, you could dismiss the whining and whinging of old men whose future is behind them.
Is there no one who will stand up and point out what most people under 50 can't see? Can’t they see what is happening?
By far the worst poison affecting the Australian political system is political donations.
The ability to buy the political decision you want is to hand, and has accelerated the corrosion of transparency that is leading to the demise of our system of government.
Political donations to politicians and political parties must be stopped.
So must be the public funding of political parties according to the number of votes they receive at elections.
That’s our money; there’s a lot of it; and it does more than anything to keep the big parties flush with funds without having to offer anything in return.
Legislate a maximum of two terms in government for all politicians at every level including local government. This would help prevent corruption from becoming entrenched.
Establish a royal commission into the mass media to report on its diversity, fairness, truthfulness and to “enshrine the media’s freedom from government and political parties” as the group Australians for a Murdoch Royal Commission proposes.
Then we need to scrutinise the workings of our system of government to ensure that there is a guaranteed separation of powers between legislature, executive and judiciary.
Not possible? Therein lies the problem.