I am a swinging voter but vote Labor more often than I vote Liberal but I do believe that equitable government for all Australians can only be achieved if government is shared between the two major parties. I wouldn’t want to see either of the two major parties to be in government for a long time or permanently.
Non-Labor parties have been in power for 67 per cent of the time since Federation compared to the ALP’s 33 per cent. As well as that the Liberal/Country Party Coalition was in government for 22 years, 11 months and 16 days from 19 December 1949 to 5 December 19721.
If this trend continues, it doesn’t bode well for all Australians.
The quality of Australian government has deteriorated to a level where it can’t go much lower but it is difficult to determine how we can raise that level when Parliamentarians are so well paid and too many are megalomaniacs and are mendacious with little or no regard for fair play.
Maybe it is time for the Labor Party to swallow a little bit of its pride and sit down with the Greens and negotiate a Labor/Greens coalition. This is not a new suggestion. Sir Robert Menzies back in 1944 believed that the non-Labor parties should unite to present a strong alternative government to the Australian people1.
A Liberal/Nationals coalition in power for say a maximum of 10 years followed by a similar period in government by a Labor/Greens coalition would be a fairer outcome for all Australians.
(First, most and more: facts about the Federal Parliament – https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1819/FederalParliamentFacts)