One coalition for
One term for
Destabilising Australia’s two-party dictatorship.
You probably know that most Australians don’t like either the Labor or Liberal parties. You’ve probably even wondered why those parties keep getting voted back in despite public dislike for them. If Australia is a democracy then people and parties that Australians actually support should be elected, not the ones who are the least bad of two distasteful alternatives.
What you might not know is that there are many systems in place that support this undemocratic situation (compulsory preferential voting, single representative constituencies, media coverage, the physical layout of parliament, the two parties in power choosing who has power, etc). And because democratic change is not valued knowledge in school, like those three Rs and STEM majors are, you probably don’t appreciate that those systems can be changed. So when you think about politics and government you might feel a crushing sense of powerlessness.
With a little bit of understanding about our democracy and with a lot of votes it is possible to change that. It’s possible that one day an upcoming election will make you smile and feel a core of confidence because you know that you can vote for a representative whom you like and believe will effectively champion what you care about.
Can you imagine influencing how Australia is governed?
Imagine all of the minor parties and independents forming a coalition, for the one purpose of removing the systems which reinforce the two-party deadlock. (Not removing those parties completely mind you, they’d still be around after the ‘one term for one purpose,’ but they’d be in power in proportion to the support they have from voters, not support from established systems.)
All this imagined coalition would need to do is gain more than 50% of seats in the House of Representatives for one term. Then they could make the necessary changes. What would result would be a system much more adaptive to public will, which is after all what democracy is about. A system where it is much harder for any party to gain the semi-permanence that Labor and Liberal have developed. A system where representatives must negotiate for the best possible outcome rather than simply voting along party lines. A system that would be much easier for you to influence.
Would you vote for a member of that coalition? Would you vote for someone who has made the commitment to be part of that one coalition, for one term, for the one purpose of removing the two-party bias? Would you choose to take Australia that way?