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  1. Senate Voting – Only One Dickhead Per State.

This is fairly self-explanatory.  It mainly affects Tasmania and Queensland. So in Tassie’s case, they have to choose between Eric Abetz or Jaquie Lambie. They can’t have both. In Queensland’s case and the Dumb Nation senators, they have to choose either the racist or the scientific illiterate.  Queensland can’t inflict both dickheads on the wider Australian community.

  1. Negative Votes   

At the moment you can only vote for someone. To give better effect to the ideal of “preferential voting”, we should also be allowed to vote against someone.  You would have one negative vote in your electorate and one that can be cast for other electorates within Australia.  This means that voters in the rest of Australia can vote against, say, a George Christensen, Member for Dawson or a Cory Bernardi in South Australia.  In other words, the result is determined by positive votes minus negative votes.  This will help remove the barnacles that are currently attached to the Australian Ship of State.

  1. All Levels of Government – Broken Promise Penalties

At the moment, gross electoral fraud – promising one thing and doing another – escapes any sanction. This is not good enough. In the Federal arena, I suggest the offender loses his or her superannuation. This means that a certain former Prime Minister who proved to be the biggest liar in Australia’s political history isn’t rewarded by the electorate for screwing it over.

This principle applies to other levels of government as well. For example, at the Local Government level, we have Rose Wanchap in Byron or Barry Longland in Tweed, where the gap between what they said to get in, and what they did after they got in, is so huge that it can only be measured with the Hubble Telescope. Here, a proper penalty would seem to be loss of voting privileges (a bit like taking a gun away from a three year old) and they must do something useful such as making cups of tea for the other councillors for the remainder of their term.

  1. Recall Elections

If, say, 500,000 voters say “bollocks to this, we stuffed up”, we can demand a fresh election and not have to wait until the current leader has been knifed by the next leader, and until the new self-serving sleazebag decides to call an election.

  1. Political Sin Bin

Where a Minister engages in either outright lying or just political distraction to avoid the real issue, they can be sin binned.  Take the recent leak of the thousands of emails about the mistreatment of the persons on Nauru. The Minister is more concerned about who leaked the emails rather than what they say, and so should be sin binned on, say, Nauru. For how long? It should be proportionate to the offence. In this case, the Minister must stay on Nauru for the length of time it takes to process the poor bastards who are currently there.

  1. Isolating Political Extremists

We are growing more and more aware of the threat that political extremists pose to our Australian way of life.  I suggest that these extremists – such as religious fundamentalists or readers of The Australian – should be able to be held for up to 7 days without charge and subjected to intense questioning about their understanding of the Australian way of life.  They should be kept in isolation while being held, and subject to close monitoring when they eventually return to the community.

I believe that these reforms would go a long way to restoring the confidence in the political system that has been so eroded in recent years by the lying, incompetent, self-serving dills that currently infest our governments at all levels.  I commend these reforms to the electorate.


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  1. What a fabluous letter Mr Clark
    Even better than the Mungo column this week.
    Infact I wish to nominate it for the echo letter of the year
    Gave me a belly laugh for a full 10 minutes
    I particularily liked the rather origional idea of sending sin binned Minister to Nauru


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