We in this country have stood back and let the political landscape disintegrate into the mess it is today, and at the heart of it is Party Politics.
The idea that a candidate for an electorate appointed and approved by the party is better than a candidate endorsed by the electorate is flawed in the extreme, the party power brokers are protecting themselves from strong personalities that may threaten their positions in the party, they do this by endorsing weak manageable people as candidates, that is why we have no depth of talent in both sides of politics, put simply the best people for the job are not being endorsed, imagine what would happen if people like Rowell Walton and Cate Stuart were elected to parliament, things would improve overnight, the dead wood would be gone in a flash, we have to get people with real life experience back into the parliament, and pay them in line with the commercial sector, that is how you get decent people not monkeys.
Another bugbear of mine is that the Parties develop policy for the people without the peoples input, there is no debate apart from the media scrutiny that is bias in favour of the camp they support, the other problem is that the bureaucracy never changes with government, and our political process is controlled and directed by them as they are the only constant in the countries administration, therein lies the problem, these people have learnt how to manipulate ministers to the agenda they wish to promote, and if a minister bucks the system they generate a scandal that gets rid of the minister, in most cases ministers have very little knowledge of the portfolio they are given and rely on the departmental advisers to do the job for them and are happy for them to do so, hence handing the bureaucracy more power.
The day we allowed senior bureaucrats to put an 'instrument' before the parliament was the day we lost our democracy, public servants became public administrators, and we the people have became their servants.
If industries in this country wish to make a change and are fair dinkum about it they better start supporting the trucking industry in it's endeavours to bring the government to the table, we are the only industry that has a 'big stick' that governments can't ignore, don't under estimate the power of the trucking industry ,the next time we mobilize them to act and your industry is not on board you will be left out of the process.