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January 18, 2022

Big political parties have had their day

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A dear friend of mine recently came up with the term ‘The Party  is Over’. This article is dedicated to her hard and selfless work against the corrosive and destructive CSG mining industries.

Keith Williams (Labor Party hopeful) has got to be joking when he attacks the Libs and Nats over CSG. He said (Byron Shire Echo 16 September) that ‘local candidates may moan that they “have concerns” about CSG, but there is no way the Liberals or Nationals will close it down. They are to addicted to the party donations it brings’.

Keith, I don’t know what you did when you were studding environmental science during the 1980s but it sure has given you a very twisted view of politics.

Labor Party MPs,  their political hacks and big business have been in bed with CSG for many years and plumb very highly paid jobs after they leave parliament with a nice fat permanent pension for pocket money just like the Libs and Nats.

Yes the Labor Party is probably not so bad, but and they did (thanks to the Greens) put up some reasonable policies to tinker around the edges of excess hydrocarbons being pumped into he air.

But for you to somehow pretend that because the Labor Party now has a more open policy to be elected to the pig trough, is plainly dishonest and laughable.

Do you really believe the locals are going to elect someone into the Labor Party who can get rid of the rampant, self-serving and corrosive corrupting nature of party politics? (and I include the Greens in that one, being an  ex member who stood for Queensland state parliament on a Bamboo Hemp platform where I doubled the Greens vote from the previous election in Yeerongpilly).

Prior to elections we have the party hopefuls (sometimes honestly) putting forward their hopes and aspirations for their areas of influence. Once elected they are under the control of the party machine: Libs, Labor, Nats, the PUP and even the Greens.

The only way Australia will ever have a decent government is by banning political parties and introducing a system where candidates stand in electorates on issues that effect their constituents.

If elected they  represent the interests of their constituents first and the interests of the nation secondly. If they stuff up, the electors should be able to sack them with  51 per cent of the local vote.

The abolition of state politics and dividing their influence up among the  feds and local elected non-party councilors will see the development of a lot more resilient and economically secure areas where the elected officials are there to  benefit the community not the party.

My question to Keith Williams and Paul Spooner is: how do they think being elected into the Labor Party will help this area?  This is the party that sold off the Commonwealth Bank to the banksters and opened up the Australian economy to so called international competition, in effect monopoly capitalism printing their own money and charging US interest to live here.

The real hope of us turning around global warming and repairing the earth lay in people power represented in local communities where natural wealth is grown on a farms and our water, energy land/food needs are provided locally, ie localisation.

I believe people will vote for candidates with courage who promote community owned and run seed banks to create and build local carbon negative wealth.

We do that by helping farmers grow carbon biomass to replace fossil fuel biomass and develop local economies using that biomass with 3D printers, to print our consumer goods currently made in China.

I would urge readers to support a local non-party person who has the guts to stand up and put local sustainability on the agenda.

Failing that, vote Green (they lack the courage to talk about an alternative green local economy or hemp, but at least their party machine is not corrupted yet and they don’t take corporate donations).

Wayne Wadsworth, Mullumbiumby




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  1. Good luck in getting rid of political parties ! There are countries which have succeeded in this noble aim : Cuba, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, to name but a few. They are called “one party states”. All the pressure groups and “mates’ alliances” all belong to the same party. So all the corruption and underhand deals are hidden from the public, “for the sake of the party” Much energy is expended in suppressing and eliminating opposition in such political systems..
    Multi-party democracy has its faults and weaknesses, but as Winston Churchill once observed, ‘it is way better than the next-best option’. We could improve our system of government immeasurably by banning all political donations (bribes) and lobbyists, funding all politicians solely from the public purse, as in Sweden.


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