GetUp! claim to be impartial when it comes to politics. According to their website it states
“Our work is driven by our values, not party politics. GetUp is, and always has been, an independent organisation.”
Then why is it that they are campaigning against right wing politicians and have come out to support Nick Xenophon and Glenn Lazarus? They have released how to vote cards for the Senate and key lower house seats. They have also asked for volunteers to help them on election day.
GetUp! is a left wing activists arm of Labor, Greens and other leftwing lunatic fringe groups, it’s about time there is a real alternative activist group that caters for centre right politics. When will GetUp! admit that they are not an independent organisation but merely lap dogs for the leftist elite?
The two major political party’s in Australia are making a mockery of the political system. The factional wars within both Liberal and Labor parties prove that the hungriness of political power exceeds any political decency. The un-elected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told a Liberal Party state council meeting that there are no factions within the Liberal Party, if this is the case, i’d hate to see what the party would be like if there are factions but we all know that the NSW Division is riddled with factional wars like a cancer in a terminal ill patient.
The plight of grassroots members who have been pushing for democratic reform within the NSW Division has fallen on deaf ears as the left and the centre continue to dominate both the hierarchy and state council. We have seen the left dominate pre-selection in key conservative seats such as North Sydney and Mackellar. The fact that the party, that embraces strong border protection, pre-selected Jason Fallinki, a left wing crusader who wants open borders, in an ultra conservative seat such as Mackellar, just indicates how much power the left have.
I have been told there has also been incidences where members of the public wanted to join the Liberal Party because they felt the party’s philosophy’s are in tune to their own but to be told their membership to a branch has been rejected but were still invited to stay on the books as a general member. This is to ensure the power brokers of a branch remain in power and like most political parties they need money, therefore they will keep them on the books to try and get donations from them later on down the track when they set up those pesky call centres.
The NSW Liberal Party has become an orgy of factional love fests between the left and centre and have completely cut off any say to ordinary grassroot members. Anyone who speaks out against this will be susceptible to suspension or expulsion, we have seen this with former Federal MP Ross Cameron. Ross Cameron is a freedom fighter who has been fighting the political elite for political decency within the party and the left show the utmost disrespect for the man by giving him a 3 month suspension order. What the current leadership team are doing to the Liberal Party is putting the party in disrepute. They, including the unelected Prime Minister, have destroyed any decency the Liberal Party had. At least the Labor Party admit they have factions.
I posted awhile back about how minor and micro political parties fail to sustain their success. History has proven this with the rise and fall of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Australian Democrats and now Palmer’s United Party.
After the demise of the Liberal Party and the dumping of it’s right leaning leader, Tony Abbott, we have seen more micro parties being formed and reformed in Australian politics such as the Australian Liberty Alliance and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party retrospectively. Given that the Liberal Party dumped Tony Abbott it has created an opportunity for conservative members or former members of the Liberal Party to look elsewhere other than the factional torn Liberals.
The concerns however of these micro parties being formed is that it splits the conservative vote regardless of how preferences are allocated and importantly it divides resources. This is why there is a need for a simple electoral reform.
According to the Australian Electoral Commission for a political party to be registered it only needs 500 members. There are no provisions that these members have to pay a membership fee as it depends on the political party’s constitution. Given today’s technological advancement it is not hard for micro parties to advertise on social media or on their website that they are giving away free membership, all they need to do is pick an issue which touches on the emotional heart strings of a particular group and wham bam thank you mam you have a micro party, take the Voluntary Euthanasia Party for example, on their website there are no indications that you have to pay a membership fee and it tugs at the heart strings of those affected by cancer.
We often see on election day, when you turn up to vote and you are given a senate ballot paper it is often bigger than the tablecloth on your 8 seater kitchen table, this is because existing requirements only require 500 members, clearly this needs to change.
A simple reform of increasing the minimum membership requirement to 2000 would mean fewer micro parties and a smaller senate ballot paper whereby you as the voter wont be tripping over and breaking your back every three years. This will mean many micro parties will have to do one of three things; wind up, work harder or join forces with other like minded micro parties.
As mentioned previously, since the dumping of Tony Abbott as Liberal leader it has opened the opportunity for a new conservative force in Australian Politics. The issue is, existing electoral laws and regulations stop this from happening. The left side of politics appears to be somewhat well disciplined, with Labor and the Greens holding a stronghold on socialism, despite some left wing micro parties that really do not need to exist (Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative). On the right however there are many like-minded parties in existence for instance the Christian Democrats and Family First; and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Rise Up Australia and Australian Liberty Alliance. If these party’s decided to join forces, became one conservative political party it would provide a real alternative to conservative voters and a potential threat to the dominating Liberal/Labor duopoly.
It is therefore important for conservatism in Australia that the minimum membership requirement of 500 should be increased. Micro Party’s that do not meet the new requirement will be forced to either fold up, work harder or look at avenues to join forces with other like minded political party’s. The question is, will the Government do anything about it? Instead they seem to be focused on changing the voting system of the Senate. I wonder why?
WA had a senate election. Both major parties have had swings against them, and the biggest winners are the Greens and Palmers ‘larger than life’ United Australia Party. Despite a swing towards the Greens this state senate election, don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of the Greens that ‘the people of WA have spoken, and they voted in favour of Green policies’ this is untrue and we all need to sit down, have a cuppa and put things into perspective.
If you have a look at the results (89.61% of votes counted), the ALP only received 21.76% of the vote, the Greens received 15.88%, this gives the left a total of 37.64%. When we look at the Liberals they received 33.71%, their coalition partner, the Nationals received a measly 3.10%, but given that the Liberals have campaigned to scrap the carbon tax and mining tax which both Labor and the Greens want to keep, we have the Palmers United Party who also wants to scrap these taxes coming in at 12.49%. This gives the centre right a total of 49.3%.
Now, I can hear the left saying “that’s still not a majority of West Aussies” true, but if we look at other centre right micro parties electoral results, we will find that over 50% of western Australians voted for centre right leaning parties.
With this in mind, the people of WA have spoken, and they do not endorse the Labor/Green alliance views on the carbon tax and mining tax, nor do they endorse the Greens policies. Scott Ludlam and the Greens ran an exceptional campaign, got to give some credit where its due, and many voters are disgruntled with the ALP’s failure to establish themselves as an opposition, therefore this is possibly the main reasons why the Greens have had a comfortable swing towards them. All in all, this was not a true test of Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministership, and if it was, well I’d say he is on the right track according to these results.
Our Prime Minister announced last week that he is re-introducing in Australia honours of Knights and Dames. This has caused a lot of controversy especially amongst the left and republicans, to a point that some people claim that this decision to re-introduce Knights and Dames has ruined Abbott’s first 6 months in office. Does this decision really have a major impact on our way of life? Of course not.
The Liberal National Party’s were voted in last years September federal election to fix up Labor and Greens bad policies. The LNP were given a mandate to fix the budget, stop the boats, and to repeal both the mining and carbon taxes. Our Prime Minister has stopped the boats, has attempted to repeal these anti growth taxes and currently working on bringing our budget back to surplus therefore for individuals to say that this decision to bring back knights and dames has ruined his first 6 months as PM is nothing more of hyperactive hyperbole from the left and republicans. The notion of the honours system that its sending Australia backwards is a lot of crapola, and the true fact of the matter is, it does not affect anyone’s way of life. Whether you agree with the honours system or not, the Government should not be judged on this issue, however no doubt we will see both the ALP and the Greens continue to vomit a smear campaign against Tony Abbott.
The Federal Government has announced that they intend on supporting the full sale of medibank. The Labor Party which privatised the Commonwealth Bank and other entities opposes this move stating that it would cause an increase to health insurance premiums, which even the ABC (left loving fanatics) fact-finding department dismisses. The argument I put to people is why do taxpayers need to run a private health insurer when we already have medicare. The Government already provides a rebate for those with private health insurance, which may I add, would love to see that rebate increased – maybe they ought to provide an increase to the rebate after they sell off medibank, after all shouldn’t the Government encourage people to take up private health cover? The notion of government, which already provides socialised health care to the people, owning a private health insurer does not make sense and is a waste of taxpayers money. I do however believe that whoever buys medibank should not be any of the existing health insurers in Australia, the idea of privatisation is to boost competition which all in all will benefit the consumer – well in theory.
The emotive claptrap coming from the left and those living in taxpayer apartments in Millers Point that are soon to be sold off under the NSW Liberal National Government serves no purpose to those thousands on the waiting list for taxpayer funded accommodation. Community Services Minister Pru Goward made an announcement last week to sell off some taxpayer funded dwellings in order to save several million dollars which could be spent on more housing in other suburbs.
There are approximately 57,000 families on the waiting list for taxpayer funded housing in NSW, the sale of these dwellings will be able to alleviate some of this pressure. The Labor Party in their infinite wisdom are siding with the residents, yet when they were in government they too sold off some Miller Point homes; but the hypocrisy from the Labor Party should not come to any surprise. The ALP as usual are an emotive party that prey on vulnerable people and use them like toilet paper – if the ALP did care about the homeless they would support the sale of these houses and apartments in millers point.