Tag Archives: Politics

Refugees and the myth of moral equivalence

For many Australians voting is our most potent and accessible form of political power. That means that we need to make sure that our votes are a true reflection of our political priorities. That can be a complicated calculation, even when you have a clear idea of your own political beliefs.

There are countless legitimate ways to determine who gets your vote.  Some people pragmatically assess what will be best for the things they care about. For others, votes are ways of expressing ideals and principles. And ultimately, we have to decide which candidate best matches the judgements we make.

It’s time to stop political parties hijacking our preferences

What do the Family First Party and the Australian Sex Party have in common? People’s bedrooms feature prominently in the platforms of both, but their policy positions pull in opposite directions. Most voters inclined towards one would find the views of the other abhorrent. But they are made odd bedfellows by our current Senate voting system.