Power or progress

MOLLIE Campbell-Smith (Letters, July 4) is quite right.

Adversarial parliamentary democracy is no longer serving the community as it should.

It seems now the major objective of the political system is to win power, while the needs of the community come a distant second.

The problem with the democratic parliamentary system, and its associated adversarial concept, is that it’s designed to produce winners and losers.

It is not designed to produce the best outcome for the community.

The result of any election means that a party winning 51per cent of the vote gains 100per cent of the power and decision making.

A party that attracts 49percent of the public vote has no power, no influence, and no role in decision making.

That means that the outcome of a democratic election will always produce a sizable minority, completely disenfranchised from all power and decision making.

Where does that leave the people who voted for the losing party?

In such circumstances it is impossible to reach a consensus outcome to any matter before parliament.

The only thing an opposition can do is cause as much difficulty as possible for the government, and hope it leads to winning government at the next election, and if that occurs the roles will then be reversed.

I am convinced the system of adversarial parliamentary democracy needs to be replaced with something else.

I don’t have the answer to what that might be, but it certainly justifies an extensive community debate to see what might emerge.

– MAX BURR, Scottsdale

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