Our Senate needs to change. It is sucking the life out of good government in the 21st century. The fact that some decisions in the Senate these days are decided by independents, or minor parties with less than 10% of the vote, is not democratic in the least. Legislation is sometimes held up by a couple of Senators just because they think it’s “best for the country”. This is nothing of the sort. These Senators are, in reality, looking out for their own skin while at the same time trying to make themselves look relevant.
For example is former Family First Senator Steve Fielding who suggested that he “would block supply” if another election was not held within a few of weeks of the 2010 federal election. Of course this had nothing to do with the fact that Fielding had lost his Senate seat and that his time in the Senate was about to expire. He simply wanted another election all for the sake of having another chance of being re-elected. Or take the Greens who joined the Liberals to block the ETS in the Senate and then had the hypocrisy to campaign at the next election with the slogan “We won’t backflip on an ETS”.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating hit the nail on the head when he once famously described the Senate as “unrepresentative swill” because Senators like Stephen Fielding can be elected with just 2% of the primary vote.
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