One thing we talked about quite a bit before the election amongst the LP collective is drawing attention to the Senate contests. I don’t think we’ve done as good a job as we could have, considering its importance.
Just to remind us why getting the Coalition out of its Senate majority, and giving the balance of power back to progressive parties, is so important, here’s some that politician-bloggers from the minor parties contending for the Senate have raised recently:
Take Andrew Bartlett on ASIO abusing its powers:
Yet again, a case which received a blaze of publicity over two years ago, adding to unrealistic fear and alarm about Muslims in Australia, has failed when it finally comes to trail – and providing Australia’s Muslims yet another reason to feel less secure and less trusting of our government and law enforcement agencies.
Even more worryingly, the judge in the case condemned the conduct of ASIO officers as “grossly improper”.
When was the last time you heard Labor stand up on human rights?
Or Christine Milne talking about energy efficient buildings. While I remain unconvinced about the prescriptiveness of their policies, at least they’re talking about the kinds of greenhouse reductions we actually need to make.
On bringing party bosses, and executive government to heel a bit, Andrew Bartlett, again, on requiring Parliamentary approval for war., while Bob Brown wants to allow us to number all the boxes above the line for the Senate, so voters can allocate preferences themselves without spending half an hour filling out the below-the-line Senate ballot paper.
It is all but impossible (and highly undesirable, given the experiences of the previous parliamentary term) for Labor to win an outright majority in the Senate. I live in a safe seat, and I imagine many of you do too. But what we can all do is our bit to push the Senate in a more desirable direction. Let’s make sure the Liberals lose their majority, and make sure Steve Fielding is reduced to the irrelevance he thoroughly deserves to be.