16 Aug 2013

No coalition governments in Australia. HOGWASH!

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN COALITIONS
FOR YEARS...ex: LIBERAL AND NATIONALS

Almost everywhere in the world, forms of majority parties are now in decline, reflecting rapid social change and challenged by greater voter volatility and much weaker and less hegemonic parties. This is not going to change any time soon, let alone by a return to the old party systems of half a century ago.
Governments increasingly have to adapt to 21st century realities in order to operate and survive.
In much of the world, this means that governments are formed by coalition, either formally or informally. This has long been a formal reality in much of continental Europe – notably including Germany, most Scandinavian countries and Ireland – and in several other democracies, including Israel.
In recent years, formal coalitions have become common in the UK — both in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and, since 2010, at UK level also.
Australia has had an informal coalitions and formal coalitions, this is the shape of a minority governments they have been operating here for years.
Politicians, especially from old parties, dislike coalitions. But voters increasingly like them and keep on electing parliaments which require them. So in modern politics the big question facing parties is not whether to compromise with others, but how to do it.
So for either of the major parties to deny their existence is complete HOGWASH!
THE OLD PARTIES ARE DELUDING
THEMSELVES.

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