Lefty blogger Jeremy Sear reckons it would be completely undemocratic and unfair for the Greens not to have a single seat in the House of Reps. Commenting on Michael Danby’s plans for Labor to preference the Liberals ahead of the Greens, Jeremy has this to say:
Say he succeeds – what would that say about our democracy? More than ten percent of the population completely unrepresented in the house of government?
That this is even a realistic threat highlights how desperately in need of reform the system is.
In an earlier post, Jeremy similarly wrote in favour of “proportional representation” that:
We do need a more representative parliament – one where different perspectives in the community are represented in accordance with their support.
So according to Jeremy, it is more democratic if in some electorates most people vote against the Greens but still end up with a Green as their local member.
It is apparently also more democratic if instead of a majority of voters deciding which political party and policies they would prefer, the (proportionally) elected representatives get to do deals with each other that determine which policies get implemented and which don’t, regardless of what most people voted for.
And naturally, in such a situation no elected representatives can be held accountable for broken promises because in order to get some parts of their agenda through, they have had to compromise with members of other parties and allow parts of their agenda to be passed into law. Which leads to minor parties being able to implement parts of their agenda, even though the vast majority of Australians have voted against it.
Which brings us to the current minority government debacle in Canberra, where the Greens, who received little over 10% of the vote, have made the government decide to introduce a carbon tax, which the vast majority of people are against. Almost 90% of the Australian people last year voted for a party opposed to a carbon tax, but we are still getting one thanks to the small minority who vote Green. Furthermore, the polls indicate that federal Labor is extremely unpopular, that being in large part due to the carbon tax that Labor promised we wouldn’t have. And by the looks of things, the people of Australia won’t have another opportunity to vote on the carbon tax until 2013.
The current situation of course will become far more common if Jeremy and his self-interested Green ilk ever succeed in having proportional representation. Anyone who think that’s democratic is guilty of the very intellectual dishonesty that Jeremy likes to accuse others of.