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Does the adage a change is as good as a rest also apply to politics?

Posted on: 19 June 2011

Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose best describes the recent changes to the ACT Assembly. Not unhappily, ACT members of the Australian Labor Party occupying seats in the Assembly personally hope the situation does not change for a long time and that their party retains a majority of seats. On the other hand Liberal Members Party hope the situation will change in the future and that they will secure a majority of seats.

Once upon a time the names Labor and Liberal might reasonably have described what was the ethos of each party while today many people find it hard to determine if they have a different ethos.   

And then there are the Greens. What is their ethos? While some members of The Greens seem truly interested in the environment, the issue that spurred its formation, since it became a political party one would hesitate to say today that seems to be its main motivation. Today it seems that some Greens don’t know whether they’re Artha or Martha, while others seem well to the left of left wing Labor but lack the conviction to declare themselves as such, lest they be seen as deep red rather than green.

Naturally, none of the parties agree with any of these propositions.

But apart from the foregoing parties, Canberra has other parties that the local media has relegated to the political sidelines. Indeed in a sense it has even relegated the Liberals to the political sidelines perhaps because of bias or dislike of its national image.

Other relegated parties are, the Community Alliance Party and the ACT Democrats, both of which contested the last election and will, I understand, also contest the next election. And while I don’t know, perhaps other parties that contested the last election will again be throwing their hats in the ring at the next election.

Despite their use of ‘community’ in their names, it seems to me that with regard to these parties, local media act like mushroom growers by keeping the community in the dark about these parties. Is that because they know more about politics than the community? If they do could they please explain how they gained their expertise?

But perhaps it’s not politics but popularity that interests them, which is why they publish and broadcast constantly rumour of internal party squabbling between people who seem more interested in acquiring office, like people who squabble over an estate they think they are entitled to, leaving constituents forgotten until the squabbling is over.


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