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    A Single Platform Political Party by Greg Chipp

    Surely one of the most sacrosanct duties of any democratically elected*representative is to make decisions for the good of the people.
    But*this is not so in Australia where the vested interests of the entrenched political parties take precedence over the interests of ordinary Australians.
    The bosses of our political parties control how our elected representatives vote in Parliament.
    Australia has one of the most restrictive party systems of almost any western democracy.
    All other western democracies including the American and United Kingdom systems tolerate*conscience votes by elected representatives. Ironically it is only in single party systems (tyrannies) that the elected representatives of the people so meekly follow party bosses. It is no wonder that Australian politicians are held in contempt by the community.
    The penalty for voting against*caucus decisions in*the Australian Labor Party*is immediate expulsion from the party. The Liberal National Coalition has its own form of discipline where the carrot of promotion and the stick of losing pre-selection ensure adherence to the party line.
    The result of this entrenched party discipline is that decisions of national importance are made by faceless men behind closed doors, unscrutinised by the electorate and at the bequest of vested interests.
    A New Way Forward

    The negative point scoring,**intransigence*and acrimonious personal insults that have plagued this current parliament is*offensive to all people of conscience and an obstacle to good governance.
    We need*political parties of conscience;*parties that do not only aspire to government but*are content to contribute to the policy*debate in parliament and*vote*for the good of all Australians.
    We believe that if rational people are committed to solving a problem, have access to the facts and an honest commitment to resolving differences, then it is inevitable*they will reach a consensus.
    Such a party should be a party to, and a party for, honest debate. A party that holds that consensus is not only possible but essential to resolving the difficult issues faced by Australians today.
    The political imperative of*party politics and the quest for power*is killing the Australian ethos of a fair go for all. Enough is enough! Hence we need a new way, a new approach.
    New information technologies and egalitarian access to mass media*have created the opportunity to recast the Australian political landscape.
    We know that democracy is not a perfect system, but it is the best we have. To make it work we must approach it with honest intentions, a pure heart and*a clear mind*without prejudice or preconceived notions.
    So how can a political party not fall into the pitfall of pursuing power for vested interests?
    We are a new political party that does not aim for government, but only the privilege of participating in the political process. It is an expectation of the party that all elected representatives will vote according to their conscience on all matters.
    The issue of greatest importance to us, and one where our expertise and experience are significant, is Drug Law Reform. Our aim is to change these laws. However we’re also standing for the right by politicians to use their own knowledge, experience and wisdom to make decisions, rather than*blindly following* a preconceived party line.
    The major parties try to be everything to everyone and in the process must compromise to please the entire electorate. This leads to*poor made*and outdated policies. This new model lends itself to all manner of issues that cannot be addressed by the major parties.*
    The Greens were once such a party. They stood for something. Now they’re as compromised as the other major parties.
    Other social issues of conscience, like marriage equality, careers rights or euthanasia would be good candidates for such a single*platform party. These issues will never be addressed by the major parties vying for the middle ground.
    The Senate voting system and the Internet create new opportunities for unrepresented groups to have their say and make a contribution.
    These new*political parties, or non-traditional single platform parties, can trade preferences and gain the 5th and 6th senate seats in each state. They could work as a progressive voting block of reason, much to the chagrin of the current parties.
    Imagine a political party whose members always vote according to their conscience. A party of conscience is possible. It would be a party of principle with defined area of expertise, rather than a party of negativity, generalities and personalities.
    The Australian senate offers the opportunity to transform our monolithic duopoly into a truly pluralistic democratic system.
    Join*our Movement

    In order to register a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission, the party must have at least 500 members registered on the electoral roll. With the reach of the Internet and few good people this is a worthwhile and reachable goal.

    You don’t need to do anything except fill out the form with your registered electoral details so we can show the AEC that there’s popular support for making drug law reforms a serious election issue.
    There are many benefits to being a registered political party but in short the party gets a guernsey at the next federal election. Once accredited the party may choose candidates to contest elections, have its party name on ballot papers, allocate preferences, and be eligible to receive funding.
    Join us in launching a new political party, with a unique philosophy and perspective.

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