Is it time for a new progressive party?
It's 50 years since the assassination of JFK, but he did not die alone. Two others died the same day, and they all bequeath us much.
In this internet age when it is so easy to provide extensive detail, plans, costings, background sources and really any supporting documentation why is serious policy debate so rare?
Much of the destructive force of politics comes from a belief that these ideals of freedom and fairness, because they are often in conflict, are incompatible.
The problem for Christian political parties is that they are not very good at politics.
One ethical person plus a few ethical friends who all support each other really matters ethically.
In the first place only 45% voted for the Coalition, which could be interpreted as 55% not wanting their policies.
In politics as it has been practiced the compromises that are made depend crucially on the political strategies of power-players, and only indirectly on the merits of the case.
Unsurprisingly and achingly predictably the Right opposed the seating arrangement because they believed that deputies should support private or general interests but should not form factions or political parties.
At the core of the reform is the idea that senate seats should reflect voters' intentions in the most accurate way possible and reduce voter confusion.
Each human being is genetically programmed with a drive to seek and find meaning in life and it will endeavour to do this throughout its life.
If the federal government had adopted the recommendations of the Belcher Report, then politicians' expenses may not even be an issue.