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PAST TIME THE PEOPLE DEMANDED HONEST DEMOCRACY
“So many Australians are voicing their disgust at the many issues dividing not only our nation, but the important link between the people and their supposed political representatives”, says Mark Aldridge South Australian independent candidate.
It is past time Australian voters and their representatives, demanded a total overhaul of our electoral system. “Democracy is all about the election of representatives by a free and informed electorate, as the corner stone of any society, it should be a process that’s integrity is of the highest priority”.
What we get is a system that contains structural biases as a direct result of the self interest of those who write the electoral law, the 2 party political system.
To cast an informed vote has become hard enough, let alone seeking the freedom of choice which was long taken away with the introduction of full preferential voting and our biased 2 party counting system.
The worst attack on our democratic process comes courtesy of the 2 major parties, false promise, dodgy practices and our right deceit. Over the past 20 years accountability, honesty and transparency have been promised but rarely delivered, and the conduct of elections in general has also fallen to the way side.
The percentage of un-enrolled Australians has risen along with names missing of electoral rolls in the tens of thousands, then appearing back on the roll after elections, informal votes and non attendance, let alone regular reports of missing ballot papers in the tens of thousands; a recent SA bi-election was short valid votes by near 30% of the enrolled voters.
Political parties should be not involved in the electoral system at any level, other than advisory roles, handling postal voting applications, writing legislation, and handing out how to vote information “have all proven to be a disaster”, says Mark
The handing out of dodgy how to vote information has become common place, dressing up as another party has past scrutiny of the courts as has missing ballot papers in the tens of thousands, let alone even more names missing from the electoral rolls themselves. With such inequities within the integrity of our voting system, it is no wonder the divide between representative and elector has grown so wide.
“There is no room in this country for Discount Democracy” Mark said
In my many years in the political arena, I have yet to meet a voter from either side of politics who has shown disregard for their own voting rights or those of any Australian, in fact I feel safe to say, most if not all voters are unhappy with their current treatment by the electoral process.
I fear until the electoral system is revived by a truly independent body consulting with the voters of this fine country to ensure a free and educated choice of representatives, we will continue to be disenfranchised by self interest.
Mark Aldridge (Independent candidate in South Australia)
FYI; I have studied electoral law and election outcomes for over a decade, participated in the court of disputed returns relating to electoral law and precedent, and participated as a state and federal candidate on several occasions as a party leader and Independent candidate. If you need further information, feel free to contact me anytime.
There are many links to submissions and court cases in the court of disputed returns on this site, which explain exactly how far this problem has escalated 2010 case click HERE OUTCOME HERE
Independent Mark Aldridge takes dodgy election to the courts in SA
Tens of thousands of missing votes, near 80,000 names missing of the electoral roll, dodgy practices across the board, including "Labor dressing up as another party" and handing out dodgy how to vote ...