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Beware the potholes on Democracy Road

Posted on: 8 March 2013

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Beware the potholes on Democracy Road

I’ve probably walked the democratic road for many more years than some people today who lay claim to being democrats. Indeed from where I sit, I think that when many of these people consulted the dictionary to find out what democracy meant they often mistook the word dictator for democrat. And clearly they have never had to find out what truth, honesty and integrity meant either or what they meant when accompanied by the words ‘I promise.’

This doesn’t apply only to Australian politicians. A look at politicians around the world shows most of them suffer from the same problems and despite constantly shouting about democracy from the house tops give lttle practical demonstrations of their belief.

Very slowly, democracy is being strangled to death by people in positions of influence who think democracy is absent if what other people think of as democratic does not fit with their agenda. When that happens, they start using their influence to manipulate society usually by legal means to get the latter to accept their version.

Of course most of the latter don’t know their thinking is being manipulated. In every country these people of influence set up organisations ostensibly to inform voters that unless their country meets certain criteria it is likely to fall into dictatorship and deteriorate. In cases where this deterioration has already set in the military has taken charge of government and put politicians in charge who know on which side their bread is buttered.

As yet, Australia is far from this stage but some democrats think our democratic system is under attack and that democracy is not all it is cracked up to be. In turn, that can lead them to thinking that perhaps another system might be better.

This kind of thought would be overcome if greater focus was based on the value of democracy. And whether or not they find these words unpalatable it‘s about time Australian voters shrugged off their apathy about politics and instead of dragging out their casual political clothes at election time continually wore the robes of democracy and voted for politicians of truth, honesty and integrity who promise to work hard at creating a truly democratic society.

Within that society free speech will take a very prominent role because without free speech not only will the voice of democracy be muted it could be silenced completely.

It could be said that, in Australia, the muting of the voices has started already. Take the provisions of the 2008 Fair Work Act. A person who contravenes one of the following provisions can become criminal even if, in anger, unthinkingly comments however mildly disparagingly about a person’s race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical, or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national or social origin.

How on earth can citizens be expected to be conscious of such provisions when involved in an argument? I doubt even the people who produced this legal confection remember them. And I mention only a few provisions. The Fair Work Act has many other provisions that affect almost every aspect of daily life.

This is not an argument that an Act such as this is not necessary; It is simply the expression of an opinion that in some respects the Act seems to lack common sense. In a final comment let me say that common sense also seemed absent in the Canberra Liberal Party brou ha ha about its senate candidate at the next election.

Comments welcome.


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