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ACT Opinions

Posted on: 9 September 2012

ACT Election thoughts
In electoral terms Friday 14th September is almost as important as Saturday 20th September because it’s the day when all parties and Independent candidates must declare which candidates, if any, they will field at the ACT Election, Saturday 20th October.

While some people will have made up their minds already if, for example, the media gave the Pirate Party some space, some voters might find their policies more attractive than those of ACT Labor Liberals, Greens and other parties.

I am neither Pirate Party member nor a member of any other party. I am but a member of Canberra’s Great Unwashed Party whose members have no affiliation with any party contesting the election many of whom, like me dislike being treated as a political illiterate by self-appointed political experts and commentators of whom many have strong ties to existing political hierarchies.

To come to that conclusion, one need go no further than read newspapers, watch TV news and listen to current affairs radio programmes where, day after day, these self-appointed political experts in the guise of providing information to the public subtly push the political philosophy of the party they support. And while it is said that comparisons are odious, in a sense these experts are to be compared with the people who supported recent political tyrants not to mention those who support the current tyrants still hogging the political stage in many countries around the world.

Sadly, with respect to Canberra, the Community Alliance has decided not contest the next election. On the other hand it is pleasing to note that some of its members still have that revolutionary urge. Indeed keeping the idea of political revolution alive is important. Without revolutionaries, democracy will stagnate and decay as people become comfortable with the reigning status quo.

That said it seems to me democracy in Canberra has stagnated already and now needs a political revolution to bring it alive again. Perhaps this will happen if the Assembly elected on 20th October has enough political revolutionaries to keep voters thinking constantly about how to make democracy work even better. If that happens, perhaps Canberra will become the city it was intended to be, a dynamic city where progressive development and social engineering were in balance.

Perhaps if candidates from the Pirates Party, the AMP, the Social Justice Party or the Liberal Democrats also get elected they will stir their fellow Members and infuse them with energy and ideas that will make Canberra the exemplar to be followed when Australia’s future cities are being built.


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