[LINK] Not-Quite-On-Topic: 'Elective Monarchy'
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Tue Jun 21 11:57:02 EST 2005
>WHEN the legislation about research on human embryos passed Federal
>Parliament in 2002, several Government members expressed their gratitude
>to the Prime Minister who, in his kindness and wisdom, had allowed them a
>free, or conscience, vote. No one pointed out the bizarre implication of
>these statements for the system of government: the prime minister
>determines how the electors' representatives vote.
>If any of the framers of the constitution were brought back to life and
>heard these statements, they would be amazed, and would ask how the system
>they devised had come to this.
It's called Consenting Discretionary Agreement. Government is good at this.
Basically what happens is that "generally" everyone will agree to the
leadership, unless there is a heavy weight from the public on a specific
topic, then the Leadership will allow individual rights.
We don't have a Representation system. When the Government claims it has a
Mandate to pass legislation because the Population voted it in, that's
ridiculous unless 90% of the population voted them in. We haven't seen
that in decades in Australia.
There is no mandate to do anything. There is debate.
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