By: Staff Reporter
The recently proposed Senate laws are a joke, says Jamie McIntyre- the leader and founder of 21st Century Australia Party.
“They are not designed just to stop the system from being gamed but to entrench the two major parties and the Greens and prevent any chance of minor parties challenging the status quo”, said McIntyre.
McIntyre’s party was denied from running in the last federal election due to what many claim was deliberate delaying tactics by the AEC. He was forced to run at the last minute as an Independent against Barnaby Joyce for the seat of New England.
McIntyre goes on to state:
“If the new senate laws were solely about stopping the system from being gamed, all they would need is a minimum cap where preferences would need to secure at least 1.5 or 2% of the vote to be counted as a candidate, as opposed to the situation where Ricky Muir was elected on only .3% of the vote.
“However, it’s being changed to stop micro parties from preferencing each other in deals to get minor parties elected, which will remove much needed political competition. Voters are clearly over the outdated political system designed for the 19th Century.
“You only have to look at America and see why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are so popular, despite the establishment hating it. It’s simply because voters are fed up with non-authentic fake politicians and want real people with real life experience who will say it how it is. Voters prefer them to the likes of Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush who can’t say anything with passion, as their speeches are highly scripted and highly incongruent.
“Voters simply don’t believe what such politicians say and for good reason, despite all the money at their disposal for buying votes. Jeb Bush spent $180 million, yet only managed to secure 8-9% of the votes in many states.
“Hillary Clinton’s rallies draw less than 20% audience than Bernie Sanders’ or Donald Trump’s rallies.
“Even when I was launching my political party in 2013 (that was denied from running), I was addressing audiences of thousands whereas the Prime Minister at the time, Julia Gillard was only drawing audiences of a few hundred. It simply shows that voters are hungry for real people in politics and real common sense policies.
“But unless you have $20 million to throw at a media blitz like Clive Palmer, it’s hard to reach a critical mass as the gatekeepers, i.e. mainstream media, largely control who you get access to or hear about.
“If Fairfax or NewsCorp don’t want you to be elected, they will either ignore you or worse, character assassinate you to prevent the wider public from hearing your message.
“I have been the subject of almost 100 negative attack articles by Fairfax Media since announcing my political party. My business interests have been unfairly targeted by the likes of dodgy union slush fund Labor Senator Sam Dastaryi, who allegedly was asked to target me in order to stop my party from becoming a political threat.
“The attacks have cost me over $20 million in losses, which has curbed my ability to fund a political movement in Australia to help change the corrupted political machine. This is clearly the outcome they were hoping for from the very beginning.
“However, this won’t stop the party, as it’s bigger than me and it simply highlights how desperate certain vested interests are to stop the political revolution our country and the world needs. As seen in America, mainstream media is losing its power to control people’s voting choices.
“They hate Trump, yet Trump is bigger than the media so they can’t stop him, no matter how hard they try. They hate Bernie Sanders, but thanks to social media, both these candidates can by pass the mainstream media and reach out to the voters.
“That’s why within the next 10 years minor parties could rise to challenge the major two parties in Australia. However, the sneaky changes now being made to the Senate voting laws has made the chance of a political revolution so much harder or almost impossible”, says McIntyre.
Voters have also lashed out regarding the change in Senate Laws. The Age recently published the following comments from disgruntled voters:
Adam Gartrell’s witty portrayal of the crossbench as characters from a Quentin Tarantino film highlights the main dilemma in reforming the method used to elect the Senate (“Hateful Eight on a mission to kill the bill”, Opinion, 6/3). Which is preferable: electing a group of unknowns from micro-parties, or electing a group of anonymous “lazy lackeys” from the major parties? While the efforts of the crossbenchers haven’t pleased everyone, at least we have the impression they are contributing to public debate and earning their right to suck on the “public teat”. It seems the political class has yet again found a way to prevent “ordinary people” taking a parliamentary place from those deemed entitled to it.
Rod Wise, Glen Iris
Mr Turnbull thinks having senators elected on a tiny percentage of votes is a disgrace. Is he referring to the Nationals’ John Williams on 0.02 per cent, Liberal Arthur Sinodinos on 0.03 per cent or the votes of any of the 13 major party candidates elected from smaller percentages than was Ricky Muir? Of course not. The Senate voting “reforms” are designed to eliminate from the Senate the representatives of 24 per cent of the Australian people so that the Greens, with only 9 per cent, can control the balance of power.
Chris Curtis, Hurstbridge
Jamie McIntyre is the founder of 21st Century Australia Party. He wrote the book 101 Ways to Improve Australia, which has been made available to you for free if you visit www.21stcenturyaustralia.com.au