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Canberra: a school for wannabe political rulers

Posted on: 15 June 2013

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Canberra: a school for wannabe political rulers

It’s clear from some e-mails I receive that Canberra has many people who think free speech is a privilege available only to a few members of society and that they are one of the chosen few.. Perhaps this occurs because politics is Canberra’s raison d’être and permanent or temporary home to many suffering from the delusion they are born to rule.

Canberra of course, is known as the Bush Capital a definition that when examined makes the claim questionable. The claim is questionable because architecturally, nothing about it suggests any bush connection. Apart from the National Parliament House and an ex Parliament House plus a few other buildings housing national institutions its building infrastructure is nothing to shout about. Subconsciously this does not fit with the ambitions of those who wish to rule because they no wish to rule a Bush Capital because it suggests a capital of lesser quality than say London, Washington or Paris.

That apart, Canberra will have but few residents who remember it as a bush town where residents, male and female, wore clothes suited to the bush unlike the business suits of today’s bureaucrats. But credit where it’s due: when the wind blows down its windy and broad streets bare of people, straying dogs or children playing football, Canberra does resemble some bush towns.

But let me return to politics and Canberra’s raison d’être. Apart from the same mix of political parties that one would expect to find in city where life revolves around politics, it also has individuals who view political parties everywhere – I shall be polite because some of their views might not be printable- as the biggest collections of confidence tricksters in the world.

And here is the list of Parties that stood candidates for the Assembly at the last ACT election.

Three further organisations—Pirate Party Australia, Australian Democrats and No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics stated they intended to nominate candidates to be listed on ballot papers as Independents

With regard to political parties, many voters think most Labor Party MLAs have never Labored in their lives while they wouldn’t leave most business/manager oriented Liberal Party MLAs in charge of a business they owned. And not to forget the Greens, the Party of principles which seems devoted to returning the environment to the state into which it evolved post the Big Bang.

As it turned out the election provided no ruling party with both Labor and Liberal each picking up eight seats Unfortunately the Greens lost two seats and, according to people who trusted them with their vote, when its sole representative decided to throw his lot in with Labor in return for a strings attached ministry so that it could take Government, it also managed to lose its principles.

It is thought that over the centuries politics had changed for the better. However, on the basis of how political life works today it has to be said that, in practice, nothing much has changed. Politicians have only replaced the mediaeval power brokers and still act as rulers who want to govern the big kingdoms; the bigger the better.

And if only to prove that nothing much has changed politicians still make a lot of big promises which are exceeded only by their big mistakes.

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