More evidence that the 2 party confrontational system of politics is dying, if not close to death in Australia. For the past 8 – 10 years it has been the minor parties, the micro parties and the Independents that have been keeping the bastards honest, regardless of who has been in government federally.
Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Nick Xenophon in particular are owed a big debt of gratitude by the Australian community. And I am even prepared to give credit to most of Clive Palmers Party for acting very responsibly once they learned the ropes of federal parliament and got out from under the control of the disreputable Clive Palmer.
Neither the Labor Party or the LNP can attract and hold enough numbers to say they are truly representative of the Australian public anymore. Social media has involved many more people in the political system, without needing to formally join any political party.
Australians have learned to support or oppose individual issues or policies. I don’t agree with a lot of Greens Australia or Shooters Fishers and Farmers and Party, but they have taken strategic seats in the Upper House federally and in NSW, and now the Lower House in NSW, in the case of SFF at Orange this week.