Alan Jones joins CANdo call for constitutional change, direct democracy
“Australians should be entitled, if they’re fed up with a government, to sign a petition and if there are enough of them, to seek a new election,” broadcaster Alan Jones said in a speech for the Melbourne launch of the CANdo Campaign-Hub.
Last Friday’s CANdo Melbourne launch spearheaded a campaign for direct democracy to give Australians that kind of “recall” provision – as enjoyed by citizens of Switzerland, British Columbia in Canada and some US states.
“We have to make politicians accountable – and not only at elections.
“The CANdo Campaign-Hub not only spells out the concerns of mainstream Australia about government. It also suggests how we – the people – can always keep the upper hand. After all, they are our servants. Not our masters.
“CANdo calls for the next Federal government to establish an elected convention comprised of unpaid delegates.
“The convention would work out a proposal for a referendum to make governments more accountable. CANdo says this should follow the 1893 Corowa Plan which proved to be the only way the people could achieve federation. This involved the governments agreeing that any proposals from the convention would be put to the people in a referendum,” Alan Jones said in the speech.
CANdo’s Melbourne launch was held last Friday at a lunch at Morgans @ 410. Alan Jones had to withdraw from the launch to attend a funeral in Queensland. CANdo chairman Professor David Flint presented Mr Jones’s speech on the broadcaster’s behalf.
In a separate speech, Prof Flint addressed CANdo’s proposal for direct democracy.
“We’re arguing that representative democracy as intended by the founders has been compromised by the political parties and the factions. We see this in a number of areas. We see this particularly in the Labor Party, as the very worst of this, in the ‘caucus pledge’,” CANdo chairman Professor David Flint said.
“Edmund Burke said you elect your representative for his opinion. Well, you don’t elect your Labor representative for his or her opinion. You elect them under the ‘caucus pledge’ with the opinion which the party tells them to hold.
“You see in a number of other areas the advantages that the political parties have taken.
“What we’re proposing is that there should be a convention to discuss whether, as we say, representative democracy democracy has been compromised, whether there should be additional and carefully staged checks and balances which cater for the situation this country finds itself in, because this government is the most incompetent, the most wasteful and the most deceitful we have known. Every day that they stay in the office they do further damage to Australia,” Prof Flint said.
CANdo aims for a return to limited government.
“We want to see it return to its core, limited functions,” CANdo executive director Jai Martinkovits told those attending the launch.
“We want the governments of Australia to have a proper regard for the rights, the freedoms and the responsibilities of the individual.
“There should be respect for the federal balance. We don’t think that the federal government should be intruding into the rights and the responsibilities of the states – that’s something strongly written into our charter,” Mr Martinkovits said.
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