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.