The Australian Rational Party
Being old, cranky and decrepit, destined to fall off the twig sooner rather than later, I have decided to devote my declining years to the formation of the Australian Rational Party.
The Party platform will be based upon rational planning for the future of Australia. As is the present Parliamentary policy, it will commission the best available expert advice. Unlike the present custom of ignoring rational proposals, it will act upon the reports of Select Committees and Commissions, and will respect and utilise the talents of such gifted people as our Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb. (I suspect that our previous Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, resigned her position early because of stupid and callous disregard of her advice.) Visit the web-site of Professor Barry Brook, http://www.bravenewclimate.com for his authoritative discussion group upon climate change.
No more will logical decisions be set aside with such comments as "We ruled that out 50 years ago." or "It will never work." or "We have to lead the World, without regard to our own economic survival."
We need to return the Senate to its original function, that it is to develop long-term political policies and to act as a House of Review. The members of the High Court should be appointed as Senators, with a duty to ajudge proposed legislation before enactment, so minimising subsequent High Court challenges. Senators should not be members of a political party - they should be representatives of their constituents, elected on merit.
Should we become a Republic? Even the Queen is surprised that we are not. I don't believe that it really matters, provided that we can appoint a competent and respected Head of State, with longevity of tenure, and with executive power.
If you believe that these suggestions could lead to better government, then write to me at PO Box 207, Gawler, SA 5118, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Discuss it with your friends. If Clive Palmer can gain support for his crazy policies, then surely we can produce a more credible outcome before the next federal election.