Their recent ‘Presidential Election‘ failed to get 50% of eligible voters even turn out, a major failure for any democratic system. Despite non-voters being threatened with large fines. Despite voting being open for a full 3 days.
Today’s posts title pretty much sums it up. At last years election the LNP were promising a to contribute $500 toward installing solar at 1,000,000 Australian homes.
Why has this $500,000,000 renewable energy policy been dumped?
I don’t remember seeing them campaign on ‘building more drones’. But there is at least $3,500,000,000 in the budget to buy 7 of them. That’s $500,000,000 per drone.
Sure camera drones help in protecting and keep an eye out for intruders but at the times of global crisis such as global warming and many other things I don’t think spending $500,000,000 per drone makes any sense. I’m happy with the camera drone I have(not comparing, just stating) for which I didn’t have to spend much but the same thing, when applied on a global level, makes no sense.
We do not need drones. We are not in the middle of a global war. We should never EVER ‘expect’ to be involved in such a war again.
Yesterday was the 25 year anniversary of the June 3-4 massacre in Tiananmen Square, China.
The massacre was the Chinese governments response to ongoing protests by students and pro-democracy activists who had been agitating for several years by then.
Students had previously protested in Tiananmen Square on New Years Day in 1987, with 24 ‘troublemakers’ being taken away by police. Then Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang is said to have resigned ‘as a result of the [recent] student demonstrations‘.
It was Hu’s death in 1989 which provided the initial impetus for students to march on Tiananmen Square, beginning on the night of April 15. On the night of April 17 thousands of students met and occupied the square.
To fully understand what follows in this article, you should probably read his first. What Austin proposes represents a pathway toward replacing ‘representative’ democracy with ‘direct’ democratic participation in decision making, through allowing electors to choose positions on actual policy proposals before they are voted on.
While I support direct democratic participation as a desired end-goal I do not believe we are yet at a place in history where we can achieve this, despite rapid technological advancement. On the other hand, contained within Austin’s suggestions are other very practical methods for reforming the way political representation is determined within a parliamentary system, to allow increasing levels of citizen participation and ensure more equitable representation.
Part of this is achieved via making the vote ‘fluid’ – giving the voter the power to change who they support as their representative at their own demand. But that part will become a post of its own.