The Damage of Dwindling​ Party Membership

For decades the involvement of the public directly within political parties has been decreasing. More and more is the membership base falling on party hacks, lifetime members and those with more extreme views. 

These days the major parties have around 40,000 members each. For comparison, the MCC has a waiting list of 225,000 people. This is creating many issues for the parties; however, I am … Continue reading The Damage of Dwindling​ Party Membership

How African-American Turnout Dropped From 96% To 11% Over Just Two Decades​

The year is 1876, America is towards the end of what is known as the Reconstruction Era, the period from 1863-1877 where the remnants of Confederate nationalism and slavery ended. During this period, three Constitutional amendments were made. The 13th Amendment to abolish slavery The 14th Amendment, guaranteeing United States citizenship to all persons born or naturalised in the United States and granting them federal … Continue reading How African-American Turnout Dropped From 96% To 11% Over Just Two Decades​

The Reason You Don’t Know What’s Happening on Nauru

In 2015, on the 31st of October, the Australian Border Force Act came in to force. It was a sweeping piece of legislation that covered the powers and abilities of the Australian Border Force (ABF), ABF Commissioner and all those working for the ABF or Immigration and Border Protection agency. One of the more insidious sections of this piece of legislation comes from the menacingly … Continue reading The Reason You Don’t Know What’s Happening on Nauru

The Issues Facing Pension Systems

As populations get older there is a common economic problem facing developed and emerging economies. The rise in life expectancy and the inflating of the median working age is leading to a strain on pre-existing pension systems, and creating a future that leaves younger generations in strife, as the dependency ratio reduces to new lows. These issues are already visible in Japan which has seen … Continue reading The Issues Facing Pension Systems

Voting Systems

Recently a friend was asking me to assist them with a speech they had to write for school. They decided they wanted to tackle the issue of voting systems. So we did a bit of investigation into the Australian voting system for the House of Representatives. This is what I discovered: Currently, the House of Representatives elects MP’s with the Instant-runoff voting system. This system … Continue reading Voting Systems