According to Craig Kelly MP, leader of the United Australian Party (UAP), the internal faction that governs the decision-making of major Australian political parties is “cancer” in the country’s democratic system.
In an extensive interview with Professor Honorary Law Kelly, who resigned from the Liberal Party to join the UAP last year, Australia’s politics was “confused” and the current two-party political system was “broken.”
“If you have a clean piece of paper about how to create a political system, going through the Westminster system would be pretty difficult, it’s as good as it gets,” he said. He told Flint in an episode of the Australian call.
“But the problem we have is that two parties dominate. These parties can form a nearly duopoly, and both parties are fairly factional, so start. Anyone who wants to sign most of the blood loyalty needs to go to one of the factions and act as they are told, “he said.
“They are basically taught how to vote, what position to take, how to be elected, and much of the politics is spent … they are doing factional deals with each other.” He added. Develop good policies.
“Factionism undermines the traditional value of our Westminster system,” he said, saying it was “the cancer of our democracy.”
Kelly will vie for Hughes’ seat with the former party in the next federal election scheduled before May 2022.
Meanwhile, two major Australian political parties, the traditional centre-right Free State Union and the centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP), have been working on a policy split between the internal left and right.
Factions differ greatly in their view that the political system is functioning, but at the same time, there are key factors in the promotion of parliamentarians to the cabinet, policy-making methods, and pre-selectors to run for elections.
This trend is seen nationwide and is widespread throughout the federal and state politics.
For example, the Liberal Party had to deal with the increasing deviation from the traditional values of classical liberalism, the free market and social conservatism.
For example, “moderate” liberal factions have helped euthanasia, abortion, and the expansion of renewable energy initiatives.
Meanwhile, ALP has experienced a more pronounced struggle to balance the interests of traditional working-class voting bases with the interests of new white-collar urban voters.
The clash occurred in the 2019 federal elections, and the ALP almost lost control of the hunters in the mining constituency, a long-standing worker base.
Kelly called for the MP to be allowed and courageously make his own decisions instead, even if the MP does not always follow the party’s policies.
“If you’re using your own judgment, I think you’re representing the interests of your voters. You’re not there as a politician checking the box,” he said. .. “And that’s the way Westminster democracy was set to work.”
Decentralization for society
Candidate UAP also called for decentralization of Australian cities away from major densely populated areas, noting that current trends will change the structure of society.
For example, young people who are increasingly concentrated in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are priced by the real estate market.
“If you take away the dream of home ownership for the whole generation, it will radically change the structure of society,” Kelly said. “If you don’t have a mortgage to pay, it changes the mind [of young Australians, who then ask themselves]:’Why do you bother to save? Go to the party all weekend. I can’t own this piece of my world. “
“It’s like the great socialist way of thinking we’re getting from Europe.” You don’t own anything and you’ll be happy, “Kelly said in a recent motto. Said World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
House prices in Australia’s largest cities have seen dramatic surges, primarily caused by the collapse of COVID-19 management policies. The median current home price in Sydney is A $ 1.1 million (US $ 790,000) and the home price in Melbourne is A $ 795,000.
“You pass Campbeltown [in southwest Sydney], And there are thousands of acres of vast land, “Kelly said. “And we arrive in the first suburbs of northern Canberra. There is a block of land built on 300 square meters. A small block of land.”
He said state and federal governments need to continue to move departments to regional centers to expand development and employment opportunities.
“You can sell Sydney real estate for $ 1.5 million, put $ 500,000 in your pocket and buy a luxury pad for $ 1 million. I think people will jump on that occasion,” he said. Told.
“I think everything that decentralizes power and control is good for our country.”
Part 2 of an interview with Craig Kelly MP coming Thursday, January 20th.