The Australian Parliament is made up of 150 Members of the House of Representatives and 76 Senators. These 226 parliamentarians are supposed to be elected by and are supposed to represent and advocate the interests and wishes of their constitutents.
But who do they really represent?
Every Representative and every Senator is a puppet, representing and obeying the interests of a political party. They rubber stamp the wishes of the unelected bureaucracy, political parties and ruling elites. Representatives and Senators are meant to be elected to oversee the way that the bulk of government is run by unelected bureaucrats and judges and lawyers. They are meant to serve and protect the people.
But they’ve forgotten that.
Instead of leading the government, instead of protecting citizens from tyranny and abuse from bureaucrats, judges and lawyers, today’s parliamentarians are little more than pre-selected puppets. They are the servants, instead of masters, of political parties, bureaucrats and ruling elites. None of Australia’s sitting Representatives or Senators deserves your Vote. None of them. Not even one. Every one of them has been pre-selected by one or the other of the dominant political parties. More than 90% of them are lawyers.
Generally, it makes no difference which political party team the majority of these (lawyers) Representatives and Senators plays for. Can you really say that the represent or do different things, different ideas? Whichever political party has the most team players in the house will just do the things that the unelected bureaucrats and other establishment elites want them to do. And each of those players primary concern is to be re-elected rather than to serve and to protect the public.
Loyalty and service to the public gives way to loyalty and service to the bureaucracy, to political parties, to political mates, and to powerful establishment interests. Career parliamentary ambitions (often running in families and spanning generations) give rise to cronyism and corruption – the greater empowerment of the governmentocrats and the greater enslavement of the people.
A parliament full of political party, bureaucratic and establishment elite puppets makes the parliament irrelevant to the operations of government. Or, by combining parliamentary power with bureaucratic power, makes the government crueller towards the people than having no parliament at all.
But don’t despair
Our political system (built, owned and operated for more than a century by and for lawyers, political parties and powerful ruling class elites) is fragile, damaged, contrived and sabotaged. Political party pre-selections, compulsory voting, preference redistributions, “above-the-line” and other gerrymandering practices all serve to maintain the establishment status quo.
But there is an Answer.
It’s called the ballot box. Next time you vote, whether at an Australian Federal or State election, think before you vote for the lawyer playing for the political party team that you always vote for. They don’t deserve your vote. Once elected, they serve interests that are opposite to the interests of the people.
“Always vote the incumbent Representatives and Senators last”, no matter where your traditional political party loyalties lie. Then, and only then, will Representatives and Senators have an incentive to serve and obey the interests of the people, rather than serving their re-election interests by serving the interests of their own ruling class elites.
Only a small percentage of voters need to apply this strategy – less than 10%, the same percentage who lodged ”donkey votes” at the 2010 Australian federal election.
Only a small percentage of voters, and the strategy will work. It makes no difference which political party has the most (lawyers) players in the House.
In time “always vote the incumbents last” might trigger more democratising reforms to the government’s shabby electoral practices. And, in time, it might inspire more representative parliaments, more genuine, non-lawyer, non-political party candidates to run for the House or for the Senate.
Authorised by James Johnson,
Independent Candidate for the Federal Electorate of Lalor