In Australia where voting is compulsory, the national and state parliaments can reasonably be regarded as an accurate reflection of the will of the people, give or take the odd irregularity.
Nonetheless at the Federal level, we have a government that is effectively mired in political inertia, unable to free itself from a cabal right wing ideologues within its own party in the House of Representatives and unable to negotiate a potentially hostile cross bench in the Senate.
On top of this, the ruling Coalition is led by a man who appears to have no political agenda and no political leadership skills whatsoever. Worse still, the alternative, the leader of the Opposition is a bland political apparatchik cemented into power party petrified of change.
The ABC reports that: Public trust, confidence and satisfaction with Australian democracy have dropped to record lows as voters become disenfranchised by major political parties, a national report has found.
The ANU study interviewed more than 2,800 people in the three months after the July election and found only 30 per cent of voters took a detailed interest in the federal election campaign.
It’s understandable that the US public would have lost faith in their political system. But the Australian system is, by most standards, a good one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem producing types of politicians, the types policies and the types of political change that are needed for the 21st century.
Certainly, politicians like Donald Trump will only lead the world back into the dark ages.