The perfect race to the bottom.

8 09 2013

The below is straight out of the Stable Population Party’s Facebook page…….  I voted for the SPP ahead of the Greens in the Senate this time around.  We need more visionary politicians like this.  Instead, our system has delivered in both Victoria and Western Australia, micro parties that most people have never heard of, and are on track to be elected – Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party (with 0.52% of the vote) in Victoria and the Australian Sports Party (with 0.22%) in WA.  The reason for the election of these micro parties is the preference deals that the 20 or 30 small parties did with each other – and the fact that when people vote ‘above-the-line’ they don’t control their own preferences. 

The perfect race to the bottom.

Matt Moran
Matt Moran

Matt Moran

This has been my first foray on the other side of the fence insofar as elections go – from voter to candidate. It’s been a steep learning curve and a rather humbling experience

I suppose one of the things we are trying to do, is to reorient the political discussion from an obsession with growth championed by the rich and political elite (the rich for the most part govern for themselves) to a system where we are living within our ecological budget and the general philosophy is about quality of life.

“Growthism” argues that it’s a system where anyone can make it rich but what it doesn’t say is it makes the majority poorer and it requires an endlessly growing number of consumers and cheaper labour. That it’s obviously and inherently destructive should be obvious, but it’s sold through clever advertising campaigns and it is really only once the middle class is largely hollowed out that the majority realise that we’ve been conned. And I don’t mean conned in a mean way as most of us just want to live our lives and I suppose for many generations have held faith in our political system as giving the best chance of a healthy society.

As such, where we orient ourselves as a party is to balance our moral responsibility for the people and wildlife here, the people who desire to come and how we can best focus our efforts globally to stem and reverse that forces people from homes.

But in order to do this, we need to elevate the political discussion to a more progressive and long-term view. Not easy when much of politics is little more than thuggery with some party supporters going as far as to sabotage signage of other parties as happened to us and other independents I know.

What is clear is that to continue the way we are is lose-lose. We cannot protect our quality of life if we ignore the worsening conditions for other countries and we cannot sell policies which do not promise the improvement of conditions. What we understand and what we are trying to promote is that the only way of doing this is to stop allowing the growthists to continue to use population growth as their tool. There are a few schools of thought in this regard which range from problems with the system to moving more into localised community economies and there are some truly progressive and very good ideas on how to do this. The problem from our perspective is that while we might do this and be successful, the pro-growth lobby continue to orient policy to ultimately undermine these efforts. This manifests in various ways such as the increasingly growing privatisation of common assets – water, land, air etc. While these are obviously illegitimate activities, the legal system is oriented to protect these activities and this largely manifests in a legal obligation to protect shareholders. If on the other hand the conversation changes to improving the quality of life for men and women here and globally with a view to family friendly communities where ecological awareness is promoted, then we find that the mechanism that supports and drives the destructive aspect of growth dissipates. I should point out, that some growth is healthy. It’s the obsession with growth as a must have goal that is destructive.

Insofar as how we are trying to change the political discussion here, please have a listen to our convenor William Bourke interviewed on RN Drive:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/election-2013-3a-stable-population-party/4935898

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9 responses

8 09 2013
Daniel

I’m surprised more didn’t vote for the sex party …

I voted for Greens … mainly because I believe it will be easier to guide them as opposed to LNP and or Labor … did anyone see Barnaby Joyce (pot) calling the kettle black about the questionable intellegence of smaller parties (particulalry Clive Palmer) and utterences made by them …

8 09 2013
Johnny

I can’t find this article anywhere, do you have a direct link to it?

8 09 2013
mikestasse

it’s not an article, it’s a Facebook entry…… https://www.facebook.com/groups/69352394408/?hc_location=stream

8 09 2013
Johnny

Yeah I noted that, but is it on the SPP facebook or Matt Moran’s fb? I looked at the past few months of posts on both and could not find it… do you have any idea of the approximate date it was posted or any other way I could find it? Thanks!

8 09 2013
mikestasse

I’ve now added a link.

8 09 2013
Johnny

Awesome, thank you!!

8 09 2013
Graham

I share your frustration Mike, as I contemplated voting below the line. The trouble is, unless you are a psephologist, you are never going to know where your preferences end up and possibly work against the objectives of the party you voted for.
The SPP is just one of the many parties vying for our vote but it is the parties diametrically opposite who are winning the seats by pandering to voters’ immediate perceived needs. Parties who try to make voters aware of a looming cliff just won’t be supported.
We have just had almost a quarter of a century of unprecedented, uninterrupted economic growth and it would be suicidal for political party to now state the economy cannot continue to grow as before. The only way to win voters over is to give them what they want, which is a growing economy and certainty of a job. The fact that it is all going to end nastily at a point in the not too distant future is something governments are obviously prepared to ignore for now. That is why I am resigned to a very messy end to the merry life we have had at the planet’s expense.

8 09 2013
Graham

Barnaby Joyce should take a look at his own party, especially since they won fewer votes than the Greens.

9 09 2013
lemmiwinks

I used http://belowtheline.org.au/ to check preference distributions. I am pretty pissed off with the preference bullshit that happens in this country particularly after two complete bullshit “representatives” (Motorists group and Sports party) got up.

First past the post! No more preferential voting.

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