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Politics and political parties are not fun

Posted on: 16 February 2013

Politics and political parties are not fun

Political parties are collections of individuals who indulge their belief that if they can get into government they will be able to make a suburb, town, city or even a nation a perfect society. As usual with most political collectives members’ thoughts on the subject are as numerous as the stars in the sky and as often far away from reality.

The ACT Assembly has managed to assemble such a collection. No doubts Its 17 members have thoughts in common although I have heard voters say they doubt if all 17 Assembly Members members have any meaningful thoughts. Let me add they think and say the same about members of the federal parliament.

Well, last Tuesday, following the long Christmas break, was the first sitting week of the Assembly in 2013. Unfortunately the long break seemed not to have affected members’ for the better. Same old; same old! That said let me say to those first time Members that voters trust them to deliver on their election promises.

Sadly the early signs are not promising. I get the distinct impression that politics have taken precedence over governance and that the Speaker in the last Assembly is out to take revenge on the current Speaker for the hard time she gave him. I also thought there was a whiff of anti-religious bias in the furore of over the religious service the Speaker tried to mount for the opening of the Assembly. Speaking personally, professing no religious belief, I would be prepared to accept any religious service provided it engendered good government.

That apart it seems to me also that before going ahead with a religious service the Speaker should have consulted every Member of the Assembly as to whether or not they thought the idea of a service acceptable, no use deciding on doing it, then asking them. Nonetheless even though a majority of MLAs did not approve a service went ahead.

One can but hope the animus between Government and Opposition this caused will not turn out to be a permanent obstacle to constructive government or will the Government continue to belabour Speaker and Opposition about it and toss participatory democratic Government to the wolves, dictate policies that fits its own biased agenda without taking the views of voters into consideration.

It has to be said, that governments of all persuasions in Australia seem to be falling into this habit. While elections seem to fulfil the charter of democracy governments elected today seem not unlike the governments in countries accused of being non democratic.

Freedom of speech is under attack and policies introduced that most Australians know nothing about until too late, are reminiscent of governments that dumped democracy on the scrapheap. Unfortunately, Governments in some Australian parliaments still cling to the idea that such systems work best.

In the ACT the Government and many voters remain ever hopeful that the Utopian benevolence once enjoyed by ACT citizens will be restored by electing to power a majority of politicians who share this view. And while I feel sure that some MLAs in the current Government do not share that belief, too few of their colleagues at the last election secured the votes necessary to join them in the Assembly and empower change.           

I confess that being lazy by nature I enjoyed the Utopian benevolence as did many others who, due to the generosity of the wider Australian population, liked being provided with the best health, education, transport and recreation facilities et al, in a bucolic environment?  In other words, we liked being molly-coddled?

Unfortunately our fairy tale existence couldn’t last. But while politics were important in Canberra they were of little import to the average Territorian until the ACT became a self-governing Territory.  It was at then that voters – sadly not enough of them – found out that politics and political parties were not fun.

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