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Political Independents have value

Posted on: 30 May 2012


Also posted: http://www.chronicleonline.com.au Wednesday, May 30

Because the campaign race for seats in the ACT Legislative is starting earlier and earlier so too is the job of making an assessment of the runners. But making a difficult job even more difficult however, is the fact that runners from minor parties and Independents, handicapped by lack of resources but not necessarily ideas, won’t enter the race until shortly before it gets under way on Saturday 20th October.

The early starters are Greens, Labor and Liberal Party candidates some of whom currently sit as MLAs. However, the candidates who interest me most are new candidates because if sitting members in four years in four years and in some cases an even longer period of time, haven’t managed to project themselves as worthy representatives of the people, it would be a waste of time and effort to write about them and more importantly a waste of a vote in re-electing them. So if you think your vote is a valuable asset why squander it on someone you don’t think capable of using it wisely?

But what will be will be interesting is finding out from current MLAs how many of the hopes and aspirations they had when elected had been realised and what are their new hopes and aspirations. More interesting still will be what are the hopes and aspirations of new candidates
But perhaps some really interesting revelations will come later from old parties such as the Community Alliance if they decide to contest the election again or parties contesting the election for the first time and not to forget Independent candidates.

With regard to the latter, depending on your view of happenings in the Federal Parliament, perhaps you might think politics and the community would be better served if no Independent candidates were elected, no doubt a position the Greens, Labor and Liberals would agree with. However I doubt it would meet with the agreement of former Independent MLA Michael Moore. That said I also believe the voice of independence should always be heard.

In defence of small parties and Independents let it be said that current parties did not start as major parties but as small parties. The Labor party sprang from a small group of men and women whose ideals resonated with many in Australia’s workforce although it still took many years for it to become a major political force. Two big questions: do those earlier Labor ideals still resonate strongly within the workforce today?

The Liberal Party, a younger party than Labor, sprang from disaffected members of the United Australia Party. As a party its philosophy had much in common with the early Liberal Party in Britain. But just as I questioned whether or not the Labor Party still adhered to the ideals on which it was founded, like Labor it needs to answer the same questions: is it still a Liberal Party and are its early ideals but dim memories?

The origin of the Greens is different. It was formed when various Green Movements across Australia, decided to bury their differences and join together as one party. While of recent origin they still need to answer whether or not those differences still exist or if their ideals are also becoming dim memories.

While the old parties have already declared their starters in the election race rumours continually swirl round about new parties. I have no idea if the rumours have substance. Suffice to say, that no matter how much I feel tempted I am not inclined to indulge in idle speculation about who might, or might not, be thinking of entering the race. However let me say to those people who can often be heard saying they could make a better fist of being an MLAs than current holders of the office to put their hat in the ring and show voters what they’re made of.

Between now and October 2O candidates will be heard saying much about what should be done and given the opportunity what they will do to ensure that Canberra will be a city that continues to progress and make its residents feel confident about the future for themselves and their families.
dca@netspeed.com.au.
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