Is Australia's political system broken?
This week the Australian political debate has been dominated by the leadership challenge directed at Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. This turbulent development in Australian politics is currently unfolding. Despite the outcome, it seems as if this debacle has been dominated by political and personal agendas rather than the public service to the voters.
It comes as no surprise that the confidence in politicians and the system has been decreasing among Australians. A recent study by researchers at Griffith University and Transparency International shows that Australians confidence in the government is low and survey results show that 85 per cent of Australians believed some, most or all of the federal members of parliament were corrupt. Almost two-thirds said they had seen or suspected officials using their position to benefit themselves or their family, and 56 per cent saw or suspected officials make decisions to favour a business or individual who gave them political donations or support. Two-thirds of the survey respondents were in favour of introducing a federal anti-corruption body.
In particular, young people have increasingly become disenchanted with the political system which results in non-enrolment, non-alignment with parties while many are motivated to get involved in issue-based politics such as climate change, same-sex marriage and asylum seeker policy. Parliament and its members has be criticised for its limited representation. Some argue that a government should be representative and include more young leaders to improve representation and legitimacy.
In this Challenge, we would like you to share your thoughts on the issue of Australian politics and discuss weather the system needs an overhaul or if improvements are needed to increase confidence in politicians and the system.
- How can voters confidence in the political system and government be improved?
- Is there a need for a structural and constitutional overhaul of the political system?
- Is the two-party system still functioning or would a cooperative multi-party system make more sense?
- How can more young leaders be encourage to get involved in parliament politics?
Challenge Opened: 02:48 AM, Thursday 23 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 02:00 PM, Thursday 30 August 2018
Time to go: Closed