14 Nov. 2007

Teh Power

Today's Moir cartoon hits the nail on the head.

We Aussies are constantly staggered by the huge amounts of money spent on US Presidential campaigns, which we generally consider a corruption of the democratic process. But here in Australia, things are really not so different.

Money is still driving our election, things are just played out on a smaller scale. It's still nearly impossible for a small independent candidate to match it with the big money sources, which is why our two-party system remains dominated by Unions on the one hand and Corporations on the other.

In such an environment, it's a miracle that a self-funded party like the Greens can garner anything like 10% of the vote.