(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
The results of the Australian Federal Election held on 9 October 2004, again highlighted the inequality and discriminatory nature of current Legislation under which the Australian Electoral Commission must conduct Federal Elections.
Australian men and women of integrity, seeking election as Independents, and whose SOLE aim is to improve the 'quality of life' of their fellow Australians, are treated with contempt by the entrenched two-party system.
Because Independents, supported by their fellow Australians, are concerned at the direction in which Australia is being driven by the party politicians, who are, undoubtedly, controlled by the non-elected hierarchy of their chosen 'party machine'.
Australia's two-party preferred, compulsory and preferential voting system, has been manipulated into being the instrument that guarantees the major parties as being the only holders of POWER.
Independents are NOT interested in power. Independents are ONLY interested in PEOPLE.
Independent candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate, contesting the next Federal election, now have the opportunity to access electoral research material, exchange ideas and, discuss common concerns of their respective electorates.
The Federal candidates have now been joined by a number of State and Local government Independent candidates.
Credible Independents, when elected, will have the added advantage of collectively 'representing the expressed majority will' of their electorates on issues of common ground, following a clear indication from fellow Australians, that the political parties have 'little regard' or ‘accountability’ to the Australian people.
We are all too aware that the Queensland political party's branch executive comes under pressure from influences emulating from their party's hierarchy based in southern states, hence Queensland tends to be regarded as being backward or a political backwater. Independents will change that.
An Independent has one, and only one, responsibility... to ensure that the expressed majority 'WILL of the PEOPLE' of his or her Electorate, is conveyed to the Government of the day, without fear or favour.
Independents have the prerequisite of total flexibility without the constraints of the party structure.
Parliamentary Representatives have many advantages, being the only sensible
alternative to the ageing party system, for the following reasons:
disadvantages of an Independent
major parties drag out the same tired old
denouncing that there
are three (3) perceived concerns with electing an Independent,
1) and 2) are easily determined by a close appraisal of the candidate’s
background and stated strategies on issues, as would be revealed by pre-election
public scrutiny, media releases, and responses to electorate questions.
third is the most important... and the most controversial.
Independent Parliamentary Representatives have exactly the same responsibilities
as party politicians, responsibilities that they perform in most instances, more
competently than the party politicians.
Because the community expects a
better performance from Independents!
South Wales Independent, Ted Mack, prior to retiring from Federal Parliament in
1993 made known his opposition to “fundamentalist economic rationalism;
unilateral tariff removal policies; the sale of taxpayer assets; the sale of the
Commonwealth Bank; the GST; the nuclear industry and limitations on free
South Wales Independent, Peter Andren, since being elected to the Federal
Parliament in 1996 has also made political history by introducing two (2)
'Private Member Bills' to have the Parliamentary Superannuation Scheme
Tasmanian Independent Brian Harradine has secured more Federal funding than any other Australian party politician… because he is an Independent!
The major parties are paranoid over the successes of credible Independents, as it is the Independent parliamentary representatives who are seen by the electorate as being conscientious in their diligence toward the issues that affect them.
Can an Independent work for you… ABSOLUTELY!
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870