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Whereto for politics

Posted on: 7 March 2012

Let me advise that this is a slightly longer version of the article that appeared in this week’s Chronicle Indeed you can now find The Chronicle online at:

Whereto for politics

So the dust of Labor’s political battle has settled? Or has it? And while some Labor Party members think Julia will now lead them to victory at the next election others are of a mind that Julia will lead them to an inglorious defeat by Tony Abbott. Will she? Only time will tell.

While thinking about recent leadership battles within the Federal, State and Territory Labor parties it seems to me that some members deserve membership in the fraternity of executioners, a profession now extinct in most countries. Could it be however, that some might be called on again in the not too distant future to exercise their skills?

Like suicide bombers, many Labor politicians seem to have lost the plot, expecting their actions might make Labor the party of political sunshine. It won’t. Later indeed, some working in the political sun, already know that working in the real world can often be less than sunny, while many of those wondering about the future might also wonder if they should they become political sun lovers.

I make these statements not because of anti-Labor bias, but because many Labor politicians still do not understand why voters might decide to forego their political talents and ditch them.. Indeed they think their ditching would be the action of people without political nous. To use a hackneyed phrase, this would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. The ditching situation would not be without irony inasmuch they do not think the voters reason for ditching them is because they see them as parvenus (sadly the voters are often right), is a good one.

But despite Labor’s many faults people should not forget that more than one party is involved in Australian politics. The Liberal Party must also take a fair share of the blame for the way in which some of their Members of Parliament have abused the voting public. They have been as guilty as Labor of turning Australia’s various Houses of Parliament into what many voters see, not without cause it must be said, not as bastions of democracy but as houses of ill repute.

For a number of years I have hoped that the leaders in our political world would have been so educated by the various melodramas that have taken place in our parliaments (one could never bestow on them the accolade of drama), that they would be doing their utmost to ensure the same mistakes were not repeated. However, as they seem intent on continuing in the same vein simply adds to the poor regard in which many politicians are held.

As a title, the Liberal Party is as much a misnomer as the Labor Party: both seem to have forgotten what they stand for. And both put the same strictures on members even as they say they are broad churches. Both have rules and are led by people who expect their congregations to believe without question. Come election-day however, as voters trundle unwillingly to the polling booths, one hears them grumble continuously about politicians even as candidates make obeisance to them hoping it will result in the voter giving them their vote.

If Labor, Liberal and the many other aspiring parties don’t yet know their end is now in sight, they will during the course of the next few years as their membership drops day by day and month by month. In effect they will become sects constantly preaching out-dated and unwanted dogma in an increasingly global world of new political philosophies that are still in the process of formation.

For a short period of time, the small political Green Church will have some influence but eventually it, too, will become another dwindling political sect in an increasingly global world. Indeed, even as I write, I know of members of all parties who think the days of current parties are numbered and that not too many years from now, new parties with philosophies that better reflect what undoubtedly will be changed cultural, economic and social conditions will be set up mainly by young people around the world who currently are studying at various schools, colleges and universities. They will be exciting parties. I only wish I could be around to see them formed.


15 Responses to "Whereto for politics"

If the Liberals change Leaders, replacing Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull, Labor won’t stand a chance. If that doesn’t happen and voters are once more faced with the choice of Tony or Julia, more Greens and Independents might be elected. This would all be fascinating to watch, if I didn’t have to vote and then live with whatever voters have decided. Until the Libs remove their present Leader, Labor still has a chance of being re-elected, along with an increase in Greens and Independents. Unless, between now and then, someone throws a rock in the duck pond and everything changes. The whole thing looks very unstable to me. And International Finance does not like instability. Which is going to affect Trade and Investment. The near Future is not looking good.

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