THEY DESERVE 25 YEAR TERMS, BUT NOT IN PARLIAMENT?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The only time a politician wants to talk about increasing the term of Office is when blokes like Shorten are convinced they will win the next election… clearly his suggestion of four years was prompted by inaccurate media predictions.
But seriously, it doesn’t really matter whether the term is three or four years, providing an election is called at the PM’s discretion at any time within that term. The greater question is: “Why are we still operating with an unworkable Senate that still pretends to be a States’ House.
It’s no more a States’ House that the Reps is! Its role is obstructionist, party political, and it's entirely unrepresentative because a State like Tassie can elect the same number of Senators as can New South Wales or Victoria. The UK House of Lords (a Senate) with hundreds of Father Xmases watch the Queen open Parliament
It doesn’t work and, as long as elections are Party political, then elected Senate Members must hold to the Party line regardless of any State’s interests.
Ten Senators for Tassie who “represent” 516,000 people and ten for NSW who “represent 7.5 million people? How can that be fair when they vote along Party lines anyway.
And what about Senators Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja of the ACT, who “represent” a mere 400,000 people? And the ACT has also afforded itself two Reps’ seats. That’s usually four votes for Labor and guess who, when in Government, organised that little gerrymander rort?
One man, one vote, bullshit! And Just look at the mayhem in the US with only two Senators for each State. The US Senate (above) is not anything like representing individual States, and two votes would hardly matter anyway even if both Senators were of the same Party.
A Senate may have made sense when Federations were being established and developing States out West were in danger of being ignored by the Eastern States. That is no longer the case as California with a population of 40 million (almost double that of Australia) is today taking steps to secede from the Federation.
And why not? It is a progressively Left and wealthy State where Trump is hated with a passion by pillow-biting Marxists in cities like San Francisco that will not want Washington DC's assistance until the San Andreas fault awakens with another yawn.
The role of a Senate in Australia is long lost as all States boast one (except QLD) where bicameral Houses are called Councils (Senates) and Legislative Assemblies (Reps). Or some other titles but operate exactly as Canberra’s Federal Parliament does while ceding to the Commonwealth the usual Federal powers.
In the UK there have also been a few Lords' Ladies to have copped a good ol' rogering on the iconic red benches.
Okay, so that’s a truncated, layman's history of the decadent Lords but after the time I have spent in that hallowed hall of wankers, I can accurately say it’s nothing more than a giant piss-up with drunks wandering in and out all day and night looking for the caches of Scotch in between four-course free meals and naps.
Lord Foulkes catches some shuteye...
... before a boozy lunch with the ladies
UK's favourite pillow biter, Stephen Fry (above) proudly says he partook of a class-A drug in the House of Lords. Big deal, so have I with the Queen's disowned cousin and total ratbag, Lord George Milford-Haven.
Almost 1500 Members attend the Queen's opening of Parliament
Australia needs a Westminster style House of Review, (without hundreds of Father Xmases) reputable and without the UK's raucus revelry, that cannot obstruct an elected House of Reps. It needs no more Members than it has now and they must be appointed by the Governor General at the request of alternatively sitting PMs or an independent panel.
Really it’s that simple… and it would avoid the destructive obstruction all elected governments suffer trying to enact legislation they were elected to enact. And there would be no more parachuting of unelected morons like the dastardly Dastyari and the inane Nova Peris into Senate seats.
But a referendum without a King and a Tower of London could be a problem.