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Selwyn Johnston



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What is a Political Party?

If you will but pause to think deeply and seriously you will find that a political party, despite its propaganda, constitutions, fine words and phrases, eventually becomes an organisation in the form of a pyramid with final power in the apex of that pyramid. The mass at the base being subject to manipulation by those in the apex, or by those who control the apex from outside of the party organisation.

It is not an unreasonable contention that those who finally win through to the apex of the pyramid, both organisational and parliamentary, have to become manipulators of their fellows if they wish to hold their place of power at the top.

A political party, by the very nature of its pyramidal structure, is not, and cannot be, a democratic organisation, and the many years of party politics in Australia since Federation, proves that it is not democratic, despite beautifully worded constitutions, platforms, policies, and philosophies.

Here it might be wise to pause for a moment to define that much used, and much abused, word " democracy". Consensus has it that "democracy" is "Government of the people, by the people, for the people". However, whilst Lincoln's definition, with its tremendous emotive tones, sounds and reads well, experience has shown that in application this concept produces the opposite result " Government of the many by the few in the apex".

It is suggested here that a far more practical definition of "democracy" would be that it is:

'The administration of the affairs of the country, is to produce the specific results that the people request, not what politicians promise they will give if elected to power'.

In the light of the long experience of Australian party politics, it becomes indisputable that political parties are incompatible with this new definition; that the continued domination and control of the Parliamentary machine by party politics must inevitably end in the wrecking of that machine, and the transfer of power to party manipulators. The evidence for this is becoming more painfully obvious each day.

The Australian history of parties demonstrates that every new party comes into being on the claim that existing parties have become dictatorships and that the new party is the only party capable of governing in the name of democracy. However, once its candidates enter a House of Parliament the new party quickly develops in the same mould as those it strove to replace.

Thus, we find the breaking-up and reforming, or splintering, of party groupings, as people foolishly seek to overcome the party pyramidal structure and manipulation by replacing it with the same device and mechanism clothed in fine emotive words and phrases. People do not stop seriously to examine the Constitutions of the Commonwealth and the States, and the court interpretations thereof, to find the real nature of the Constitution and legal powers that the Australian people possess to obtain the specific results they want from their Parliaments and Parliamentarians.

In discussions with politicians and others, the existence of faults in the party system will be admitted, to be immediately followed by the claim that the people traditionally vote on party lines; that the people vote for the party system because the people want the party system.

It is legally unchallengeable that the party system exists and operates ONLY because the Australian people have been deliberately misled into believing that, other than by a dictatorship, there is no other way that Parliament could function effectively and efficiently; that despite its many faults the party system is the only effective and efficient democratic way of governing the country.

This is Constitutionally and legally false!

The sole role of a political party, like any other lawful organisation, is simply to recommend to the electors that "so and so" would be a good parliamentary representative and would faithfully carry out the judicially defined legal function and duty of a parliamentarian. Should the electors accept the party's recommendation and elect that person then the party has no further legal vested interest in that elected person.

Once the Australian people are given the opportunity to learn and grasp that their Commonwealth and State Constitutions, and judicial interpretations thereof, provide the people with a practical legal alternative to the party system to democratically (as defined previously) operate the seven Australian Parliaments then, save those with a vested interest in the party system and its manipulation, the electors will cease to use the party system.

It is a matter of the printed evidence in the Hansards of all Australian Parliaments that the most honest debating and voting only takes place, with the rarest of exceptions, when the leaders of the parties agree that a certain Bill shall be debated on non-party lines; that their party parliamentarians shall be allowed to speak and vote absolutely freely according to their individual conscience. All other debates and votes must be on STRICTLY party lines.

To summarise, the answer to the question... 'What is a political party?'

A political party, in fact, and in experience, is a device or mechanism designed to enable manipulators, either elected or non-elected, to obtain and exercise the maximum direct control over the destiny of the people, clichés notwithstanding, in accordance with the will of the manipulators and controllers.

Source:  Arthur A. Chresby © 1979 (Research Analyst in Constitutional Law)


Political parties' are NOT about right or wrong
Political parties' are about POWER... and most
Political parties' are funded by multinationals.

... SJ

'Power tends to corrupt and
absolute Power, corrupts absolutely.'

... Sir J. E. E. Dalberg

'The World is run by very intelligent people who are having us on, or
by imbeciles who mean what they say.'

... Mark Twain

'What Government is best'?
'That which teaches us to govern ourselves'.

... Goethe

Beware of the political party that promises a package of
cleverly wrapped policies... but when the wrapping is removed,
the package is empty.

... SJ

"Government is not reason, or eloquence. 

It's force, like fire, government is a dangerous servant and fearful master."

... George Washington

Democracy and Justice is for ALL; or none!

... SJ

'All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed; then it is violently opposed; finally, it is accepted as self-evident.'


Political parties have a virtual monopoly over the election of 'Members of Parliament'. 

The ONLY exception is with genuine and credible Independents.

... SJ

'One hundred men united and working in unison can move a mighty stone...'

... Unknown

'Facts are the rarest commodities in the World...'

... SJ

"Bureaucracy, the rule of no-one, has become the modern form of despotism".

Mary McCarthy (1958)

When the People fear the Government, you have tyranny
When the Government fear the People, you have liberty. 

... Thomas Jefferson

‘Politicians cannot help being clowns
Political activity is essentially absurd
The hopes for it can be held high, the results tragic, 
But the political art itself must lack dignity: 
It can never match our ideals of how such things should be done.’

... King O’Malley

Once your right to freedom is lost,
The cost to regain it will be the blood of your children!

... SJ

The problem with most political jokes is that they still get elected!

... Unknown

'Your work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on Earth'

... Her Majesty - The Queen Mother (1900-2002)

'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.'

... Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


When politicians stop lying to us, 
we would then stop telling the truth about them.

... SJ

The public will believe anything… so long as it is not founded on truth.

... Dame Edith Sitwell

The 'right' of voting for a Parliamentary Representative is the 'primary right' by which all other 'rights' are protected.

... Unknown

Politics is ALL about perception!

... SJ

‘Beware not of the enemy without... but within!’

... General Douglas Macarthur

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; 

Who controls the energy can control whole continents; 

Who controls money can control the world." 

... Henry Kissinger

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." 

George Orwell


"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Margaret Thatcher


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