Seriously, it is government, or more particularly politicians who put …

Comment on ‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’ by Mark Wilson.

Seriously, it is government, or more particularly politicians who put at risk the very essence of our democracy.
Politicians listen to their constituents once every electoral cycle, when they need our vote!
After that they pretty much run their own and their party’s agendas. Any wonder there is public apathy and cynicism. Quite why the Commissioner is surprised simply amazes me.
If Australia had the Swiss system where citizen initiated referenda occur up to four times a year then we would have a much higher form of true direct democracy with less influence by lobbyists (often retired politicians) and special interest groups on the political process.
However, the Swiss system requires a much more involved and educated populace.
Here we rely on compulsory voting to suggest “authenticity” and authority to the electoral process. Sadly the writer, Iain Loganathan of the NT Electoral Commission, relies too much on enrolment numbers as an end in itself.

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Soy Sauce Sally and her mob will bring us all down.
Time for a good ol’ fashioned tar and feathering. Can I sell tickets?


Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
Our government agencies would rather harass the Road Transport Hall of Fame out of town than bring these cockroaches and maggots to heel. Yes Chris, cockroaches like the dark.


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Fantastic news! This could prove the first win for our Liquor Commission. We can all sleep soundly knowing that no one intoxicated by soy sauce will be invading our homes and running amok.


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Bruce, some people would sell their own mother if there was a buck in it.
Many of these decisions, with I fear worse to come, both Territory and Federal, are being made for budget bottom lines at the expense of long term national needs. It’s the consequence of governments being in heavy structural deficit.


Why the NT Govt sacked the volunteers managing an icon
None of this makes much sense.
It seems that a very broke government that cannot manage its own affairs is determined to take down a Territory and Alice icon with them.
If in five years the town still has the Hall of Fame I will be surprised.


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