Frequently asked questions
The public aren't economic experts. How can they make good decisions?
Think about it. All the decisions are presently being made by the 226 members we elect to parliament. And the way we elect them is by popularity contest.
Basically those who 'appeal' to us most get the jobs. And they come from all walks of life. They're not chosen because of their expertise in economics, or law. They're chosen because they've somehow managed to convince us that they're decent. Business people, wage earners, sporting identities, entertainers, factory workers, community leaders... you name it! That's who makes our decisions now.
And at the moment they don't even get to make those decisions. The decisions are made by the parties that they belong to.
Experts have an important role to play in informing the decision-making process. But currently they're kind of squeezed out by party politics. Decisions are made by people in power for the benefit of those in the power structure. Experts are still called on, but more as a decision-laundering maneuver than a genuine attempt to inform the process.
If the decisions are being made by the people, experts will be able to directly inform the process. The decisions themselves however must always be made by the people.
If we elect all independents who will govern?
There are many who think that forming a government is only possible if one of the parties has a majority of seats in parliament.
No. That's just the way the game is played by the major parties. It's cowboys and Indians, and they get away with it only because we let them.
First of all, we need to be clear about what the government actually is. Most people think it's the same as the parliament — the 226 representatives that we elect. But no: the parliament makes the laws. The government is a much smaller bunch that's hand picked to administer those laws. They head up the various government departments — taxation, social security, trade, finance, etc.
Who hand picks the government? That's where it gets interesting. The Constitution clearly states that they are to be chosen by the Governor-General. But that never happens in practice, and here's why — party discipline.
Basically, party members who are elected to parliament all agree to vote in unison with their party, either for or against bills. Because of this, a party with a majority in parliament can get together and block the necessary money bills of any government. That means the government can't function.
Of course they wouldn't do that if their own party members were the ones hand-picked to govern. But you can see what would happen if that wasn't the case. What it means is that the Governor-General doesn't get to choose who will be in the government. Rather he accepts the choices of the party with a majority in parliament.
Party discipline is the greatest power wielded by political parties. It's been the downfall of our democracy. It ensures that the dominant party always gets to choose each and every Minister in the government by holding the process under siege.
But we can easily take away the power of party discipline by insisting that our representatives vote according to our will. This will break the siege. Government ministers will be wisely chosen by the Governor-General and they will govern as long as the people of Australia (acting through their elected representatives) permit them to.
And that's how it should be.
Will you represent the people's wishes on vaccination if they differ from your own?
My personal view on vaccines, after writing two books, is that they're not safe and not useful. But I'm one of 3 million voters in Qld. They're the ones in charge. My job as a senator will be to carry out their wishes. And that's what I'll do.
Unfortunately, senators rarely even know what the wishes of the people are. And even when they do, they ignore them.
No Jab No Pay is a classic example. The people overwhelmingly opposed it at the Senate inquiry last year, yet no senator took any notice.
I'll change that.
Democracy has more than one tier, though. We need open and transparent discussion of every issue by the community. That's not happening now, as you know.
If you vote for me I'll not only bring democracy to parliament -- I'll be bringing it to our communities.
The question I'm putting to people at this election is "Are you ready to get into the driver's seat? Because we'll be turfing the major parties out of it."
How can I help?
I don't want any donations, thanks. I'm conducting a zero-budget campaign.
If you want to see control of the country returned to the people, and you'd like to help, please consider spreading the word in whatever way you can. You're welcome to take anything I've written and use it.
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I need Queenslanders to vote me No.1. Tell them to find me BELOW THE LINE and in the VERY LAST POSITION on the form. (Great start, hey?) 😉
I paid $2K to nominate because I believe in democracy. If 120,000 voters put me as their No.1 candidate, I'll get that back. Antony Green reckons that won't happen. Let's prove him wrong!