An end to political donations?

A nice idea from a federal Liberal Senator, proposing an end to donations to political parties from unions and corporations. To do this fairly, I think you would also have to end (or at least put a cap on) all donations, including from indiviiduals, otherwise it would be too easy to circumvent. Some might suggest…

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The Week Ahead 3 – Electoral Law changes

There hasn’t been a lot of notice paid to the government’s planned changes to the Australian electoral laws, even though there are significant measures contained in the legislation. In another example of legislation titles as Orwellian propaganda, this change is called Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Bill. Please like & share:

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Workplace Relations – even more of your money to be spent selling you stuff that’s bad for you

I’ve complained before about the Government’s theft of up to $20 million of public money to pay for advertising of their workplace relations policies. Today there is news that “taxpayers may be slugged up to $100 million for an advertising blitz to sell them the Howard Government’s dramatic rewrite of industrial relations laws.” If there’s…

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Electoral Systems under review

Now that the protection provided by the Senate has been diminished, Australia’s electoral system faces the potential of all sorts of tampering from a Coalition government who will be tempted to tilt the system further to its advantage. Attempts to disenfranchise people by closing the roles early will almost certainly be tried again, and mutterings…

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Electoral Reform in the UK?

I wrote here about the travesty of democracy shown with the recent UK election, a view that was picked up in a blog by Peter Black, a Liberal Democrat Member of the Welsh Assembly. I’m pleased to see a report in today’s Independent, which says that “a national campaign for voting reform is to kick…

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UK election – you cannot be serious?!

I really have difficulty figuring out why the big story from the UK election is not something like: – “British Public Robbed – Electoral System a Sick Joke”, – “19th Century Voting System determines 21st Century election result”, – “Senile Electoral System from Ancient Democracy Caught Wandering Around in Full Public View”, or a variation…

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Albatross!! (+ a Holiday Treat)

Today was a public holiday in Queensland to commemorate Labour Day. I marked it by sleeping in. I must say, all these public holidays do make it hard to get work done. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I placed a bet on an albatross race. I put out a statement about it, which you…

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More on Electoral Laws and Blogs

A few weeks ago concern was expressed on many blogs about the possibility of the federal Government changing the law to regulate websites, including blogs, containing electoral comment. I did a posting on it here, and also made comment in debates about the matter on some other sites. A story in the Blog Herald mentions…

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Bush stays on as Leader & I don’t

Yesterday, I decided not to renominate for the Leadership of the Democrats. It was not a simple decision, as there were a range of competing arguments. But with the deadline for nominations closing, I had to make a decision one way or another. The party has far more important and significant decisions to make over…

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