Australia’s system of Government has serious deficiencies that have become apparent in recent years. The country is burdened with high debt and decay, affecting both its citizens and its states. These flaws can be attributed to the historical evolution of the government system. Each colony joined the Federation with its own Constitution, which were not the result of a Constitutional Convention formed by the will of the people, but rather crafted by the societal elites of that time.
One example is the Constitution of the State of New South Wales, which can be altered by politicians instead of through a referendum by the citizens. Allowing politicians to have control over the constitution is akin to trusting a fox with chickens. Similarly, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia focused more on how the colonies would form a Federation of States rather than on the rights of citizens. This foundational issue needs to be addressed and rectified as it underlies all of Australia’s problems.
Democracy, while celebrated, has its own shortcomings. No democracy has ever survived throughout history because an efficient and effective democracy can lead to mob rule. Therefore, there must be a set of rules based on human self-interest rather than the interests of the collective to protect everyone in society from exploitation and the loss of their earnings. These principles include the right to earn a living and keep one’s earnings without being compelled to share with the entire community, the right to self-defense, fair treatment by the criminal justice system, and the right to free speech.
It is also important to recognize that many people involved in politics are driven by self-interest, resulting in legislation that often strips away the freedom of certain sectors of the community. To mitigate this, obstacles should be put in place to ensure that legislation undergoes rigorous scrutiny before being passed.
The Constitutional Monarchy in Australia fails in holding the government in check. Both State Governors and the Governor General of the Commonwealth are selected by the Parliament, the very group they are supposed to oversee. As Australia is effectively separated from the British Monarch, there is a need for the Governors at all levels to be elected by the people. Without proper separation between the Executive and the Legislature, Australia functions as a flawed de facto Constitutional Republic.
This issue is just a small part of a larger problem that warrants further discussion and exploration. Initiatives like forming a free State provide opportunities to debate and potentially shape the government system throughout Australia or establish a new free State as an example of better-organized state governance.
Kevin Loughrey from New South Wales proposes these considerations for reforming the system of Government in Australia. He believes that addressing these deficiencies would lead to a more efficient and effective government that protects the rights and interests of its citizens.