There is a new Australian political party that allows the public to vote on all legislation brought before the parliament and it looks like we are heading for a new age of democracy in Australia. If it works it will eventually put a stop to the unions and big business controlling Australian governments, politicians and how they vote in parliament.
The new political party is the Flux Party and they intend on allowing all Australians to vote on all legislation via a new application for smartphones etc. It is not a case of if we will be able to vote on all legislation but just a matter of when and the Flux Party are the first cab off the rank and the major parties will eventually have to follow or they will disappear.
How it works
Every time there is new legislation before the federal or state parliaments then the Flux members can vote how they want their member of parliament to vote. For example if there is a Flux Party senator in the federal government and they are voting on whether or not to have a Royal Commission into the corrupt banks then we vote using the new software. If 51% of the voters support it then the Flux Party senator will vote in support of the Royal Commission in the senate.
The Co-Founder of Flux, Nathan Spataro, says there are three things you can do with your vote.
“They can vote yes or no on any legislation put before that senator or senators.
“They can give their vote on that issue to someone they trust, it could be a peer, a friend, it could even be an organisation.
“Or they could trade their vote away in exchange for a vote they can use at a later time on an issue that they care or feel really strongly about”, he says. (Click here to read more)
Below is an interview I recorded with Flux Party co-founder Nathan Spataro on Friday the 17th June 2016 in Sydney. The other co-founder is Max Kaye.
How voting in parliament currently works
It is well-known that the major political parties quite often vote how they are told to vote. The Labor Party is controlled by the Unions and the Liberal Party is controlled by big business. Both parties are also known to accept bribes which can determine how they vote.
The below video is former Howard government minister Jackie Kelly who said ‘In NSW the Liberal Party is corrupt. The Liberal Party is full of lobbyists.’ on the ABC’s The Drum Friday June 3, 2016. Ms Kelly stated what is obvious to many NSW voters but it is good to see a former member of the party say it.
Federal Election, Canberra and Western Australia elections
The Flux Party has a total of 13 senate candidates across the country for the federal election and are hoping to get a few elected. Given it’s their first election it is obviously a test run for future elections and Canberra have a local election for the ACT Government in October this year and WA have a state election due early next year.
The ACT has 17 members of parliament to govern a population of just on 400,000 people. If the Flux Party can get some traction in the July 2nd Federal Election and then move quickly to campaigning in Canberra they might do well in the ACT election in October and pick up a seat or two there which would give the ACT government a huge shake up.
Funding the Flux Party
The Flux Party is initially being funded as a start-up for the software:
The Flux Startup recently privately raised AU$270,000 in seed funding. The company said further investment will be provided via a trust which will be seeded using electoral funding provided by the Australian Electoral Commission.
“If we receive any funding from the electoral commission — because it ultimately comes back to taxpayer dollars — we’ll treat this as though it was the people of Australia who gave us that money and so the idea behind that is to try and create a trust in the name of the Australian people and use that as a way to both fund the platform but also enfranchise regular voters,” (Click here to read more)
Ultimately in the long-term I think any software used to facilitate the ongoing regular voting on legislation will be owned or leased by the federal and state governments. If someone else owns it in the short-term it’s not a big issue.
I see this type of funding for a political party as being a lot better than the current system where the Labor Party and Liberal Party both steal off the taxpayer and launder the money into their own bank accounts as per the previous article I wrote on the subject. (Click here to read more) And it’s certainly better than all the bribes that the Liberal Party and Labor Party accept.
The Flux Party
The Flux Party are only new and have a website with all the information you need at: https://voteflux.org They have received quite a bit of publicity such as on the SMH website in an article titled “The Bitcoin of politics: Flux Party offers radical new model for democracy“ and on the ABC’s Lateline in a story titled “As voter dissatisfaction worldwide grows, ironically it’s politicians who are cashing in“.
It is totally free to join the party and you can volunteer to help for the elections at: https://voteflux.org/signup The Flux Party currently has 2996 members and 490 volunteers which updated in real-time on their website.
They have candidates in all the states for the federal election which you can see on their site at: https://voteflux.org/candidates and a community forum at: https://community.voteflux.org which allows you to interact with other members, find information and ask questions.
How well the Flux Party do and don’t do time will tell. But one thing is for sure and the model underpinning their party allowing the public to vote on all legislation will happen in the future. It has to as the current democratic system is suffering from systemic corruption everywhere you look and change is long overdue. The good news is that the needed change looks like it’s not far away.
At this stage I’ll be voting for the Flux Party simply on the basis that I think we need to get someone like them in parliament because it would put huge pressure on the major parties to clean up their act otherwise the Flux Party and other parties like them will take over as the public have had enough.
The days of only having 2 choices when voting are long gone and even more so with the Flux Party. The major parties will attack and try to undermine the public’s ability to vote on all legislation but if we can do our banking on the internet and tax returns on the internet etc. then there is no reason why we can’t vote on all legislation.
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