A Double Dissolution – the safety net of democracy in Australia

Since the Hockey-Abbott budget came out a few weeks ago, I’ve been wondering what we can do about it …in a democracy. Is it fair to make a fuss when a democratically elected government does something we don’t like?

For me, the simple answer is YES

Why? Because we have a Senate for a reason. The role of the Senate is to ‘moderate’ the decisions of the House of Representatives – i.e. the Abbott government. 

How does the Senate moderate the decisions of the House of Reps? By not passing bills. [A bill has to be passed by both the House of Reps and the Senate in order to become law]. 

Blocking Supply. If the Senate knocks back a House of Reps budget [3 times] the government of the day has the option of calling a Double Dissolution. A Double Dissolution means both Houses of Parliament are dissolved and new elections are held for both houses. 

No government goes for a Double Dissolution lightly as there is no guarantee it will be voted back in, and none of the politians want to lose their seats. 

Usually, the mere threat of a Double Dissolution is enough to force a compromise. In the case of the Hockey-Abbott budget, however, I think we should pressure the smaller parties to make a Double Dissolution inevitable. Voting is a pain, but it is the ONLY tool we voters have to keep politicians in line. If we can get rid of Abbott and his government, we will not only protect our national identity and way of life, we will send a clear message to politicians for decades to come : 

– Don’t break your election promises

– Don’t pick on the most vulnerable in our society

– Do try telling the truth for a change

– And do listen to what the people are actually telling you, even if it disagrees with your ideology

So let’s bring on this Double Dissolution. We really don’t have that much to lose.

cheers

Meeks

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4 responses to “A Double Dissolution – the safety net of democracy in Australia

  • dadirri7

    love your thinking Meeks, we are still away but watching news from home, it seems there will be action when we return, we will do all we can to bring it on!

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  • davidprosser

    If you could get that to happen there maybe it would send a similar message out to my lot. I’m hoping the threat of the new populatity of UKIP in both local and EU elections might jolt the complacency of the Tories and force them to see their policies are very unpopular.If they adjusted their policies to remove the threat to the vulnerable maybe at the next General Election (2015) they could get in as a majority and lose the lead weight of the coalition with the Libdems.
    A new Labour Government would just bankrupt us as usual and a UKIP Government is likely to be akin to voting in a party with Hitler’s ideology.
    Good Luck !
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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