3 POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL REFORM:
The current political party system is not working. Politicians do not represent the people. Instead, they carry out party policy without referring to the voters who elected them. This has resulted in a dictatorial system of government that denies We the People a voice in our own government.
Our political institutions derive their power from the people. We the People are the government, but we have forgotten this because the political parties have fed us lies for years that they are in charge.
Therefore, We the People need a better, inclusive system of government to serve the needs of the nation, governed by the people for the people.
To achieve this, we propose reforming our electoral system so that we can elect independent representatives of the people, not career politicians beholden to their party. Each voter will have one vote. There will be no preferential counting.
We propose creating a single Federal government, and approximately 100 Regional Governments.
The system we propose will create a government structure with a clear separation of powers between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judicature.
At the Regional level the structure shall include:
- A unicameral Assembly,
- An Executive consisting of a Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Officers of Regional Public Service Departments, and
- Elements of the National Judicature.
The delivery of public services by Regional governments shall be seamless across the nation. Any Citizen of one Region shall have access to public services in any other Region without detriment.
How to achieve the government reformation:
The first step to reform the government must be to reduce the size of electorates to no more than 5,000 voters. Independent candidates for election will be chosen from citizens in the electorate. The electorate will be small enough that it is likely the candidate will be known to many voters.
By selecting independent representatives We the People will be able to elect true representatives of the people.
Each unicameral Regional Assembly (Regional Parliament) will consist or one representative each from the 50 electorates to serve a Region of approximately 250,000 voters. We also propose that these representatives sit at a round table to avoid any bipartisan grouping. Each representative will have one vote. The representative will vote according to the will of the people in their electorate, and they will be directly accountable to the voters.
If a representative does not perform to the expectations of the voters they can be recalled and a new election called in that electorate.
Each Regional government shall have an Executive consisting of a popularly elected Regional Chief Executive Officer (Mayor) and the Executive Officers of Regional Government Departments. The Executive shall be accountable to the Assembly. This will ensure that there is a clear separation of powers between the Assembly, the Executive, and the Judicature.
The Executive staff will be chosen from best and most efficient employees of the current local councils, allowing the “dead wood” to be discarded.
Regional Executives will be responsible for the delivery of all public services except those specifically allocated to the Federal National Executive by the Constitution.
Delivery of public services shall be in accord with National policy and procedures except as specifically approved by the National Parliament in special circumstances.
As a result, delivery of government services shall be seamless across the Nation, and as a result regions will cooperate on matters of mutual interest. Citizens will be able to travel from on region to another and expect exactly the same services.
Constrained only by National policy and procedures, Regional implementation responsibilities shall include the following:
- Aged care
- Child protection
- Mental health
- The environment
- Water, drainage and sewerage
- Rubbish and recycling
- Law and order (Each Region shall have elements of the National judicature and the National Police Force)
- Penal institutions
- Recreation, parks and gardens
- Wildlife protection
- Domestic animal welfare and control
- Regional roads, railways and waterways
- Regional airports and heliports
- Vehicle Registration and safety checks
- Town planning
- Building regulations
- Work place health and safety
- Primary production
- Regional Fisheries
- Registration of births, deaths and marriages
- Emergency services
- Community Services
- Collecting Property Title Levies
- Training and appointing Mediators of the Peace
YOUR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES
Public utilities were created and intended to provide a service for the betterment of society. The very purpose of a public utility is that it is not there to make a profit for a few; it is there to provide an essential service to the multitude. It was conceived for the people by the people, as all other means either did not exist or could not be entrusted to provide a fair and equitable service to all. It never can.
Privatization of essential Public Assets must not only be stopped, but reversed.
THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE
Voters in each region will select and vote for candidates chosen from among registered voting citizens within the region to represent them in Federal Parliament.
Should a Federal representative’s work not satisfy the regional voters they will be able to call a Regional meeting of voters to vote on whether to recall the representative or not. If the vote is to recall the representative the Regional government will organize an election to choose a new representative.
The Federal Executive shall consist of the Prime Minister and the Chief Executive Officers of Government Departments. The Executive shall be accountable to the Parliament.
The Prime Minister shall create such National Government Departments as are necessary for good governance. Some departments shall be large enough to implement those aspects of governance for which the National Executive has implementation responsibility. The remaining departments shall be small organizations designed to generate, execute, and monitor National policy.
To each of these Departments the Prime Minister shall appoint a suitably qualified person as Chief Executive Officer (Minister).
The role of the Executive is to implement, administer and monitor the will of the Australian People as expressed by their elected representatives in the Parliament.
At the National level the structure of government shall include:
- A unicameral Parliament (unicameral means a single chamber)
- A President (or whatever We the People decide to call him/her) and Vice President
- An Executive headed by the President and consisting of the Chief Executive Officers of Public Service Departments (including Chiefs of Navy, Army and Air Force), and
- the Judicature
- Law and Order
- National Security
- Foreign Affairs
- Overseas Trade (Imports & Exports)
- The National Economy
- Fiscal Policy
- Monetary Policy
- Fisheries (including inland fisheries)
- Postal services
- Telecommunications (including the Internet)
- Banking & Commerce
- Intellectual Property
- National Statistics
- Maritime Operations and Sea-lanes
- National Infrastructure, including:
- Roads (the primary links between Regions)
- Railways (other than intra-Regional) – (all rail gauges to be standardised)
- Air Traffic Control & Air Safety
Elections of representatives at both the national and the regional levels shall be staggered to provide continuity and to ensure a continuous flow of new representatives.
This arrangement of “staggered” elections has many advantages;
- It avoids the “big bang” election day.
- It allows elections to be conducted quietly and calmly in one or two electorates at a time; without the voters being subjected to a national advertising campaign.
- It allows the voters to concentrate their attention on selecting a candidate in their electorate without being bombarded with extraneous material about candidates in other electorates.
- It eliminates the interruption to the normal business of government that occurs with “big-bang” elections.
- It avoids the tendency with “big bang” elections to make extravagant promises, and
- It ensures changes to policy are gradual, predictable and marginal.
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