OT: with respect to voting, there would be more choice and more competition of Australia abandoned its current voting system, the Hare or preferential system - known in the USA as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). It's only value is to make it harder for split vote situations to hurt one of the major parties but it doesn't really challenge the basic two party system. Many of your frustrations with politics emanate from the fact that the parties have become sclerotic and non-representative. This is because there is no true political competition, which would have the effect of keeping the politicians "honest" (honest being a relative term when talking politics).Originally posted by denis4510:
Ah well must go and check to see who is winning the Federal Election here in Australia - as far as I am concerned it is only the Politicians who win - the Public certainly don't - no matter which party wins.
I nearly wrote my own name on the ballot paper but I don't think I would have much chance - I actually have values and standards not like many of the Pollies
All the best and enjoy the game.
EDIT: Some of the above was an unpaid P0Olitical Opinion LOL
The solution is to keep the same ranking system currently used in Australia but use the Condorcet Method to find the "true majority candidate" - the candidate who would beat all others if a series of round robin elections could be held.
I wrote a piece about my experience with a "third party" in the US titled Why I left the Libertarian Party. In three sections, starting with why we have a two party system in the US, I explain Duverger's Law - the strong tendency for single member districts and certain voting systems to produce two dominant parties. Later on I also explain why one solution, proportional representation (PR) is often disastrous. (For more on PR see A problem with Democracy? on my blog.)
For the record, I spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to promote the idea changing the voting system in order to make it more representative of ACTUAL voter preference but it was to no avail.