Letters 3.11.18

We live in a deMOCKracy
IN response to Trevor Preston’s letter “Demo-lition”  (Voice, October 13, 2018), everything wrong and undemocratic with our monarchy has been highlighted by recent events.
Under the crown, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had extraordinary powers that were beyond his brief – as a not-popularly-elected majority coalition party leader – for us to be considered a democracy.
My calculation is he had 0.34 per cent, 1 in 300, of the total primary vote and only from his electorate. It is a fraud.
He was also commander-in-chief of the Australian armed forces by proxy or default and was freely dumped by his party midterm in government.
He was replaced by Scott Morrison, who was appointed prime minister by undemocratic royal assent, to form and head a new government with his appointed cabinet of ministers to the crown, without us going to an election.
So much for the false claim we elect the government (and the prime minister), which is also the incorrect answer to an Australian citizenship test question.
The undemocratically-appointed PM with his or her cabinet of ministers, acting as the federal executive council, convened by a non-voting governor general, has the power to undemocratically appoint a judge to the high court of Australia.
The judges of the high court have the sworn duty to validate and uphold the constitutional monarchy, not democracy, which legitimises the queen as our head o state.
So many undemocratic elitist appointments for a “democracy”.
Parliamentarians, the judiciary, members of our armed and police forces, the governors and governor general are required to swear allegiance to the Queen, who resides in a foreign country, before taking up their positions.
Why, if we are supposedly a “democracy”?
I favour an Australian democratic republic or federation likened after the Swiss model, where citizens in each state have the democratic right to popularly elect a head from their state and those heads form a national executive council with head-of-state powers.
That was not an option offered us at referendum.
We retain the house of representatives and senate and we have the democratic right at long last, over the constitutional right under the crown we have now, to elect representatives to them.
The majority party leader in the lower house will then have a ranking below that of speaker of the house and can no longer seek and hold the office of prime minister, or the position eliminated altogether.
The citizens in each state will have the democratic right to popularly elect a governor and separately elect a deputy governor, not necessarily of the same political persuasion.
Each governor oversees their state’s lower house and the deputy the upper one.
It is a proposal I was introduced to over thirty years ago and I believe has potential.
Do you think that is an acceptable absolute democracy that can work for Australia? Probably not to the status quo.
Preferable to the “deMOCKracy” we are obliged to tolerate now, I suggest.
Gordon Westwood
Coode St, Maylands

Blink and you’ll miss it
WITH regards to Hope Alexander’s letter “Survey Skewed” (Voice, October 20, 2018).
I thought that Hope raised some very interesting points and I was surprised that there were only 392 respondents to the survey.
I would like to have received the survey where I would have been more than happy to respond in the negative.
I suspect that the policy to go ahead with the 40kmh trial was already predetermined and that we were given a false illusion of having a say in the matter; like what happened with the Shakespeare Street bike boulevard, Scarborough Beach Road bike lane and the Oxford Street upgrades.
I would like the City of Vincent to at least be more transparent with its ratepayers on things that affect us, and let us have a legitimate vote, not a pretend say.
If certain policies are predetermined by global action plans that are out of your/our control, then fess up and say so, don’t treat us like fools.
Another suggestion would be that if the city finds itself with ridiculous amounts of money to burn, instead of wasting it on pointless trials, create worthwhile projects like community gardens or reduce rates, given that most are in forced austerity at the moment.
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