- Nov 20, 2011
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
Good post.The executive government in Australia which the electorate has no direct say in the composition of, is beholden to a Party caucus for its make up. Neither the constitution nor popular opinion seems to have had much effect on the growing power of the executive over the legislature.
I'm not aware that in republics such as Austria, Finland, Germany and Switzerland have had power "gravitating" to the executive because they have elected presidents instead of an appointee like the Australian GG.
Switzerland with a president but no person as, or position of "head of state" is a model worth looking at.
How often has an election ever resulted in the diminishment of executive power?
I only became aware last night after reading a paper on the Ridgeway ruling in the High Court, that the supposedly entrenched constitutional guarantee of a trial by jury (s80) does not in exist, as the Parliament have been deemed to have the power to define what is indictable!!!!!!
Theoretically, Australia is one Governer General, four High Court judges and an Executive Cabinet away from a totalitarian society.
If it can be corrupted, eventually it will be. There is a totalitarian takeover via stealth underway.
This is not the republican model I want.