Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKimm might have a point.
Essentially, at each election, our governments pendulate between Labor union bullies and Coalition big business apologists, with cross bench seat warmers fighting for relevance.
We are fed a media dumb doodle of spin, lies and sensationalism when we need facts.
A week out from a close election, our media was more concerned with Mike Rann’s ex fuckee than his record as State Premier! Much more entertaining than dry issues like Murray-Darling water management.
Last week McKimm drew our attention to the Swiss Parliamentary system, where all parties share government and Cabinet posts are divided up in proportion to the number of seats won. Reportedly, that delivers a high level of understanding of the issues and absence of misleading invective.
Adversarial political debate, what we hear from Canberra, is a mixture of ignorance, ego, disinformation and lies that keep the waters muddied and the punters confused. With truth difficult to find, no party feels secure enough to confront really difficult issues like people smuggling and climate change. Wriggle room has gone. We need truth and decisive action, so what to do?
In Tasmania, seats are split between Libs 10, Lab 10 and Greens 5. No party has enough people to fill all cabinet posts, so with the Governor telling Bartlett to grow up and work with the Greens, even ex-premier Paul Lennon suggested the Greens should get a cabinet post. As I write, ABC news announced the Greens may be offered two ministries. An experiment worth watching, maybe with wider implications.
More here: http://tasmaniantimes.com/
P.S. Seems Lennon has forgotten the Greens want a corruption inquiry into his alleged improper relationship with Gunns! Then again, he probably feels safe with both Lib and Lab luminaries on the Gunns board! Bumper sticker seen in Hobart: ‘Tasmania, the State of Corruption’. Ouch!