Australia’s political system is a disgrace
Australia’s political system is a disgrace

Australia’s political system is a disgrace

As a child, it was instilled within me that voting was a right, a privilege and responsibility. It allowed the people of Australia to have a voice, and to be heard. I had lofty dreams that one day my vote would be that deciding one that could shape and make government and I was most excited for my 18th birthday for this very reason.

Sadly, from the time I was eligible to vote up until this point, there have been 31 spills in Australia. A leadership spill is far more common in Australia than most other countries. Canberra is the coup capital of the world. When Turnbull became PM in 2015, there had been five PM’s in five years, even though there was only 29 PM’s since the first in 1901.

The Westminster system is partly to blame. The party, rather than the electorate, votes in the PM, so the party can fire its leader at any moment. However, this is true of many other nations that operate under this system of government. The political parties in Australia are sclerotic at best and ineffectual politicians in an archaic, rigid system leads to instability.

The Labor Party, as its name suggests, should fight for the working class against the affluent and the Coalition should fight for small businesses and farmers, but since the 1980s, these parties have fought for nothing. Both parties state on their websites that they want a “stronger” Australia, but they are simply election-winning machines. Their actions are ad hoc and reactionary to opinion polls and media scrutiny. The result is one which is ethically, environmentally and socially catastrophic.

Hence, voters like me are left feeling disillusioned, dissatisfied and embarrassed by the democracy of Australia and the people who form our government.


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