Ex Aussie Labor leader and 60 minutes reporter, Mark Latham, has put a Pineapple up the 2 major parties with his latest antics. Although both pretenders, sorry… contenders, for the Prime Minister job of Australia are both wisely staying out of it, it seems the ones that are most threatened by Mark Latham are… wait for the drumroll… the journalists!
Noses are out of joint in the journalist fraternity, especially in the tight knit arena of political Journalism. Laurie Oakes has his knickers in a knot and clearly showed how threatened he is by someone stepping into his turf with a bit of character. Get over it Laurie! Brighten up a bit and appreciate the free country we live in. You know, the one where we have 2 Political Parties that collude with each other and make sure nobody else gets into power except for Labor or Liberal. The country where many voters vote for the party they think will do Least Damage to their standard of living, rather than the party that will improve Australia the most.
Vote “0” Mark Latham
On 60 Minutes Mark Latham encouraged voters to put in their ballot slip blank on Saturday’s election. I burst into laughter! That is absolutely hilarious to an “Atheist Voter” (by this I mean: I don’t believe in Politicians). For years, I have been filling out the slip from 1 to 30. That is the way the 2 Major Parties DO NOT want you to vote. They want you to vote “1” for them so they can distribute your preference to their buddies of preference.
So messed up is the preferential voting system that your Labor vote can go to Liberal or vice verca. Let me give you an example:
How The political Collusion Works
A friend of mine is born and bred a Labor voter. He would not vote liberal in a fit (if you vote Liberal don’t get upset, this is an analogy). In the election that Kim Beazley threw away, Labor gave their preference vote to Liberal in the seat for Kalgoorlie (and Ipswich, I believe) over the One Nation candidate and the Australia First Party. Liberal did not reciprocate. They preferenced One Nation and Australia First in both of those seats above Labor.
This was the outcome of those preferences: Labor lost the election with 52% of the preference vote but got less seats hence Liberal got in power (Howard). A GST was brought in and Telstra was lost. The 2 seats that were preferenced by Labor would have gone to Pauline Hanson and Graeme Campbell, both independent of labor and Liberal, and Labor would have saved Australia from the GST and selling off Telstra. At least for the time being.
My mate, who wouldn’t vote Liberal in a fit, voted “1” for Labor in that election. His vote was preferenced to Liberal and in essence he actually voted Liberal against his knowledge. A true example of the disgraceful collusion that goes on between political parties. The whole idea is to keep the third parties down below the threshold. Democrats, Greens, One Nation, National… they will never rise into a major party as long as this country doesn’t have one vote counting as one vote.
The Mark Latham Witch-Hunt
Let’s see how it goes. Will the journalists witch-hunt Mark Latham? Just like anyone rocking the Apple Cart, people like that get silenced into submission. Pauline Hanson had 10% of the national vote, yet the system didn’t allow her party to have 2 seats. On the flip side, the Democrats got 5 seats to represent the Australian people with far less votes. How on earth can the voters be represented under a system like that? That is not a true democracy. I think it’s the old draconian Westminster system, actually.
Like Mark Latham or not, he has voiced something that few others have the balls to do. Call it sour grapes if you wish. I don’t think it is. Mark Latham has risen above Political Respect status in my eyes for speaking his mind and putting a Pineapple where it belongs with those cardboard cutouts who are proposing to run our country. A Thunderbird and a Dumbo lookalike. Make of that what you like 😉
Of course I vote. I don’t want a dictatorship, but I think many will take Mark Latham’s advice and put in a blank slip this Saturday. A low vote count will scare the major parties (both) into real policies rather than scaremongering over how bad the other guys are.
Julie = 0
Tony = 0
Mark = 1
And before anyone pipes up and say that we have to vote to maintain a democracy, look at the USA. They only have 30-35% of the country vote and still maintain a 2 Party Collusion Status.
That’s my soapbox ditty for the week.
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