Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Claytons Government....We have to have

Australias Political Government system is based on the Westminster British form of Government. Commonly known as Federalism. This gives us 3 levels of government, and two major political parties. It is broken down like this:

Local Government (councils)

State government Labor or Liberal Parties

Federal Government Labor or Liberal Parties

There are also other parties which can hold seats within the Government such as Independent members which do not belong to a party, Democrates, Greens, Family first, but none cannot hold Power...ie only a liberal or Labor party leader can become State Premiere or Prime Minister. At an election we can vote for anyone from any party on the ballot slip, however these none Labor and liberal members must give their vote to one of the major parties and this can quite often give one of the major parties power to govern.

The problem we are seeing at present is suido opposition party in Government. The Prime Minister John Howard leader af the Australian Liberal Party is loosing popularity at a steam train rate with as a consequence the opposition leader Kevin Rudds increasing. Something which is striking me more and more often is the blurring of the line between the two parties....

John Howard is slipping he is old, out of touch, and seemingly more and more concerned for the wealthfair of big business....this is no surprise the Liberal Party has always been pro business, where the confusion starts is the Labor Party and Kevin Rudd's similar interests, the Labor Party has traditionally been the workers party fighting for fairness in the work place, social change and equality etc.. it was founded by and still has a large number of Union Representives. Rudd seems to be distancing himself on any and all issues which promote this. Following in many cases Howards lead on issue and agreeing if not fully then in the most part with his views and policies.

With People such Peter Garrett, yes the former Midnight Oil lead singer, protest leader, Environment Warrior, joining the Federal Labor Party we were given the impression of yes finally someone to get the message out there but like so many of the these well meaning people they are falsed to follow the party lines and unfortunatly his hands have been tied and his mouth gagged on the issue he was once famous for.

This is not the case in all areas of policies but it does seem to be in the vast majority of them...
So I ask you when we go to vote this year for our new Prime Minister will it make any difference who we get.....
Howard lies and out of touch messages ... or Rudds Yes Sir mentallity....


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4 comments:

GAY BIPOLAR GUY said...

You write that only the two parties can pick the PM. But if a third or fourth got enough votes to prevent either gaining a majority, then then big two have to negotiate to get a functioning majority. Yes? Well, wouldn't it be best if a third party campaigned for the popular vote specifically for the purpose of forcing the big two to make popular concessions? Here, in the US, there are only two parties. Sure, there are fringe parties, but they never get votes worth counting. But the
Republicans, aka evil bastards, and the Democrats, really nice crooks who share the spoils with the
masses, are poles apart. There's no mistaking a bastard from a crook.

GAY BIPOLAR GUY said...

Anyway, you folks in Australia just don't come across as bone head hopelessly going crazy down-hill sado-masochistic world killers in the name of Jesus USA. The only good thing that's going on is the patient wait for the shrub to vacate Washington.

aussiecynic said...

G'Day..matey... you are correct in the fact that we can vote for who ever is on the ballot, but these smaller parties must give there votes to one of the major parties, the smaller party or independent do gain a seat as a member of parliament within the house of Representatives (government), but they must vote for or against what ever the party in government want. This leads to a You scratch my back I scratch yours situations.... we vote for Government every 3 years
There is also the senate which is the lower house and must approve all changes to legislation and law and is also filled with members which are voted for every 7 years... unfortunately we last voted for the senate at the last federal election 3 years ago and the Liberal party won a majority there too.... so the Government which makes the laws are Liberal and the Senate which approves the laws is Liberal hence any changes the government wants the Government gets. If Labor wins the next election all policy changes must be approved through the senate.... The Senate being run by Liberal will not approve any change. This will undermine the Labor government and at the next election when we vote for Government we will also vote for the Senate this wil be in 3- 4 years..... but the senate will have damaged the credibilty of the Labor Party bringing the Liberals back to power.....

GAY BIPOLAR GUY said...

Oh, the machinations of the powerful. . . . .