Earlier this week, the ABC released this extraordinary video ahead of the Western Australian Senate election this Saturday. The video is a clear example of the kind of anti-micro party sentiment that has taken hold following the electoral success of the non-major parties at last year’s federal election.
Rachel Connor at Menzies House takes a different view:
The fact that Australia has so many micro parties is a good thing. For one thing, it shows that we have a functioning democracy in which anyone can have the chance to participate. Indeed, this is arguably one of the greatest advantages of our democracy. We are lucky to live in a country where everyone can participate in the political system, something which billions of people around the world do not have the opportunity to do.
However, democracy is only a good thing, according to the ABC, if you vote for the parties they prefer. According to them, if you are unhappy with the current state of affairs you should continue to vote for a major party because, let’s face it, ballot papers are confusing. Despite the fact that all preference information is available before the election as well as at the booth on the day, the ABC would rather we restrict our democratic freedoms than accidentally allow someone to cast an uninformed vote.