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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    people what voting system they would prefer my view is that the people are now very dissatisfied with the two party system The adversarialism is experienced as increasingly counter productive and often childish Moreover voters do want meaningful choices The choice that they have now in reality is between tweedledee and tweedledum Compulsory voting has made this even more dictatorial Voters basically have to vote for either the one or the other major party The widespread disenchantment is indirectly reflected in the very low public esteem of politicians Opinion polls have certainly demonstrated that It is hard to believe that Twomey and Green apparently don t see a connection Green s argument that the more representative and active Senate in recent years elected on the basis of proportional representation since 1949 is adequate compensation for the disenchantment with the House of representatives is disingenuous to say the least Certainly the time has come to poll the voters specifically on this issue and ask the appropriate questions Obviously major parties will not commission such polls but the Internet does provide the opportunity now And this Blog provides an opportunity as well The Stevenson article appears to have been prompted by the recent conundrum in the UK which first generated an editorial on electoral reform SMH 13th May The editor recommended that the new British PM Cameron would do wise to opt for the preferential voting system used for the Australian House of Representatives instead of proportional representation My letter in reply SMH 14th May pointed out that this was very bad advice as the effect of the introduction of preferential voting in Australia in 1919 has been that minor parties and Independent candidates were virtually ruled out from representation in Parliament after that The apparent acceptance of Lib Dem leader Nick

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/5/17/do-australian-voters-care-what-voting-systems-they-have.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    governance reform to support an informal alliance to that end Possible reforms are contained in our limited platform for a Republic see Home Page The most important of these is support for proportional representation followed by the replacement of federation by a more effective and decentralised system However other options were and are available to the PM If he wanted to avoid a Double Dissolution why he could have very profitably accepted the Green s Plan B a compromise which is actually superior to the existing ETS Paddy Manning writing in the SMH of May 1 2 explains their apparently misunderstood position The Greens offered a market based climate policy with an interim carbon price starting at 23 a tonne of carbon dioxide Consistent with the Garnaut Report s original proposal their idea was is for a transition period that a fixed carbon price would increase at 4 plus the consumer price index each year until the target date Based on a 2020 target date that would reflect a significant contribution in terms of the Copenhagen target of keeping the global temperature increase down to 2 It would also show moral and green leadership in world affairs Meanwhile a CPRS agreement could be reached ending the interim period If not reached the carbon tax scheme would continue to operate Some observers believe that Rudd did not want the Greens to take the credit for negotiating such a compromise but given that he has claimed several times that this is the most important issue of our time so what It would still be his decision Now he has postponed the urgent issue for THREE YEARS is referred to as a coward and his credibility is in tatters Given that around 70 of the voters are in favour of the ETS it

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/5/2/two-party-system-blocks-ets-why-not-accept-the-greens-propos.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    some obscure reason A report by the Head of the RTA to the Premier apparently did not provide a satisfactory explanation He was stood aside pending further investigations The opposition leader called for the sacking of the Transport Minister as the personal ultimately responsible He refused to go a position supported by the Premier Ms Kristina Keneally Should the transport minister be responsible for the RTA failure resulting in scandalous traffic delays Of course not This is an operational matter However according to Westminster practice he should But this practice is almost never followed in Australia and for very good practical reasons It rarely makes sense There are other features with the Westminster system that Australia could happily throw out of the window First of all Ministers have to be in and of the Parliament meaning elected Result Ministers are functional amateurs because they have to be selected from a very small group of elected politicians instead of from the entire society That is the way other non Westminster systems are organised in fact the overwhelming majority In Tasmania they hardly have enough politicians to fill the Ministerial positions Secondly the fusion between the political executive and the legislature This

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/4/17/the-westminster-system-reforms-urgently-required.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    174 Federal Council The Federal Council shall be the supreme governing and executive authority of the Confederation Art 175 Composition and election 1 The Federal Council shall have seven members 2 The members of the Federal Council shall be elected by the Federal Assembly following each general election to the National Council 3 They shall be elected for a term of office of four years from all the Swiss citizens who are eligible for election to the National Council 4 In electing the Federal Council care must be taken to ensure that the various geographical and language regions of the country are appropriately represented Art 176 Presidency 1 The President of the Confederation shall chair the Federal Council 2 The President and the Vice President of the Federal Council shall be elected by the Federal Assembly from the members of the Federal Council for a term of office of one year 3 Re election for the following year is not permitted The President may not be elected Vice President for the following year Art 177 Principle of collegiality and allocation to departments 1 The Federal Council shall reach its decisions as a collegial body 2 For the purposes of preparation and implementation the business of the Federal Council shall be allocated to its individual members according to department 3 Business may be delegated to and directly dealt with by departments or their subordinate administrative units in such cases the right to legal recourse shall be guaranteed It is obvious that the major parties in Australia don t want to know about proportional representration because it would deprive them of seats and total control over the nation if they win an election But isn t it time that this vicious circle is broken by Independents and minor parties who favour proportional

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/4/3/tasmania-and-the-swiss-example.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    hospital funding and administration to the federal government As an afterDinner speaker at the Reform or Rescue Conference organised by Griffith University s Centre for federalism and IPAA in October 2008 which I attended Abbott made a very strong plea for the abolition of states Tony should get his act together and pledge support for the greatest shake up of the Australian constitution which may well have started now If you want to score as an Opposition leader come up with brilliant implementation plans as a former Health Minister he is well placed indeed to do just that The art of competent politicians now is to anticipate this and have proper implementation plans in place for transition towards well worked out alternatives in Health Education and all the rest to follow The hasty roof insulation may well have presented the otherwise pretty cautious Rudd Government with a valuable lesson Implementation must be done properly and cannot be left to those who know little about what they are supposed to do At last this is where COAG could contribute something of real value if re directed and staffed properly Some re direction Cooperation to END federalism instead of cooperative federalism And what about those many who have long argued for alternatives but were steadfastly ignored Clearly Mr Rudd may well have his knickers in a knot here as shying initially away from overriding the states and investing much energy into the COAG exercise an ADVISORY body hardly active under the Howard Government now a growing bureaucracy he now has to turn around the Queen Mary Yes he can but no half measures Mr Rudd The writing has very long been on the wall for the states indeed ever since the centralisation of income tax powers in 1942 It was even predicted

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/3/9/cooperation-to-end-federalism-is-needed-now.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    Republic is still to be established please use this opportunity to provide relevant information 2 There is little coverage of the extensive exploits of Dutch VOC seafarers in the 17th and 18 the century starting in 1606 in the Cape York Peninsula and of several French scientists visiting in that period By 1644 Abel Tasman had sighted and or mapped some 75 of the Australian coastline while James Cook arrived

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/3/9/draft-national-curriculum-history.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    directly an issue of governance in a new Republic at this stage it could become a major issue of state control of education and individuals unless qualified by statutory limitations and other safeguards The ABC published the following transcript from a recent program Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast 24 02 2010 Reporter Tony Jones The Federal Government has announced identity numbers will track children s school performance from year one through to year 12 Transcript TONY JONES PRESENTER For millions of Australian school children official identity will soon be a number not a name The Government s announced that each student will get an identity number to track their progress from year one to year 12 The Opposition calls the plan an Australia card by default and a way to commodify children But the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it ll be very useful for children who move schools and that their privacy will be protected JULIA GILLARD DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER The reason we need the number is so as a Government we don t need the names The number is a privacy protection TONY JONES This Monday Julia Gillard will release the draft of a new national curriculum to

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/2/28/should-students-be-given-a-number.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    have a huge area of policy overlap Politics is NOT football positions on many issues can be very diverse and should be Part of the reason for this appalling situation is the lack knowledge among the voters 1 about the existing political and electoral systems 2 alternatives available to improve on them Efforts for improvement are apparently not part of the education revolution but they should be Educational institutions at all levels including the universities have failed utterly to make people aware of their archaic constitution and the dysfunctional political system The public broadcasters eminently placed to do something about that continue to concentrate on current affairs programs rather than discussions about the systems The media generally are current affairs oriented and publishers heavily concentrate on fiction The two party system actively SUPPRESSES diversity tow the party line is the motto be a team disunity is death we still hear Let s move to a multi party system so that diversity becomes the transparent norm and majorities can be formed on issues as a result of a flexibility that does not exist now For three or four years we all need to put up with one major party program BASICALLY

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/2/26/no-politics-is-not-at-all-like-football-quite-the-opposite.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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