Give Us Back Our Country : An Outsiders' Convention... & the 4R's
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Give us back our country!
What is it with our politicians?
Changing the cheapest electricity prices in the world to the dearest, making electricity unreliable, threatening jobs and businesses, presiding over a dramatic fall in educational standards and a criminal justice system which seems more concerned with the criminal than with the victim, persecuting our farmers and self funded retirees, raiding the defence budget to buy votes, our politicians seem determined to turn Australia into, if not the Venezuela, the Argentina of the South Seas.
It's hard to think of any one problem confronting Australia which, if it weren't created by the politicians, has not been made significantly worse by them.
Our representative democracy has been seriously damaged, almost destroyed, by the emergence of a rigorously controlled two party system followed by the capture of those political parties by cabals of power-brokers, factional leaders and even lobbyists .
There is a solution.
Return power to the people, who under the Constitution remain sovereign.
Bring in Direct Democracy.
As successfully practiced in Switzerland.
As adopted for changing the constitution.
Give us back our country!
If you agree, sign the petition.
Change our country for the better.
The solution, we believe, is to do what are predecessors did to achieve Federation.
Realizing that Federation would never be achieved by the politicians – who were far better than those of today – the people took the process into their own hands. This was under the Corowa Plan adopted at the Corowa People's Conference in 1893.
Once it was finally followed, the people elected a convention to frame the Constitution.
After wide consultation, a draft Constitution was put to the people to a series of referendums.
For the first time in history, a Constitution was actually approved by the people.
The whole process, including getting through the British Parliament took less than four years.
Today we cant build a dam or even lay a tram track down George Street Sydney in four years.
Yet we made a nation in less than four years. Without the internet, jet planes and modern forms of communication.
As a result, we are the only nation to occupy a continent.
One of the oldest continuing democracies in the world.
We can do this again to fix up the problems today's politicians have put us in.
We must demand the election of a constitutional convention of unpaid delegates.
An outsiders' convention.
Just like the one which achieved Federation.
Their task will be to reform the way we are governed.
This is urgent. Australia cannot go on the way it has been going under the gross mismanagement of the politicians.
The solution is an elected outsiders' convention to consider and we hope to adopt what we call the four R's.
This would involve empowering the people to correct the failure of representative democracy in four crucial ways
The Four R's : . Return to the Constitution, Reform the political parties, , Recall elections and Referendums initiated by the people.
The First R: Return the government of the country to the principles set out in the Constitution. On one carefully considered export report to the Premiers, returning to world best practice federalism, as our founders intended and the people approved, ,this would save about $160 billion a year. In four years we'd pay off the debt. We could also start on important infrastructure projects, especially harvesting water to make us that food bowl of the world the politicians are always talking about.
The Second R: Reform the political parties by requiring that in return for the vast amount of financial and legal privileges they receive, they be taken from the hands of the powerbrokers and lobbyists and they become open and transparent and democratic. As they are in most comparable countries. Why are our parties like those in a banana Republic?
The Third R: Recall elections. You are accountable in your work 24/7. So why shouldn't the politicians also be accountable 24/7? Instead they only face the people every three or four years, too often in preselections where the successful candidate is chosen not on merit. The candidate is chosen because he or she will do the bidding of some powerbroker or lobbyist.
The Fourth R: Referendums. Why shouldn't the Australian people be able to do what the Swiss can do and petition for the holding of a referendum to change the law, introduce a new law, approve a treaty, review an interpretation of the Constitution by the High Court or form a new state?
The country is calling out for reform.
We are in a desperate position.
It's hard to think of a problem we are facing which if it was not created by the politicians has been made worse by them.
If you agree that something must be done, sign the petition for the holding of an outsiders convention.
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