Phillip Frazer, ‘Above the line or below….’ Echo March 2, correctly observes that Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir – along with established independents – would be more highly regarded as ‘doing a goodish job’ well ahead of all members of the big parties. This surely implies that a random selection from the citizenry would give us a better set of representatives than the present system does!
Senate voting options are being changed because of gaming by the micro parties of the voting system; but this is superficial compared with the entrenched gaming – via the party pre-selection process – of the major parties for both houses.
In the honored manner of the court jester, Charlie Pickering, in his show of March 9, gives a brilliant expose of how the pre-selection process works; how voter interest’s come about fourth in priority after factional interests, lobbyist’s concerns and branch stacking.
Check it out on ABC TV iView, starts 7 minutes in – it is hugely educational and would be hilarious if not so true.
Colin Cook, Bangalow