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Interesting and thoughtful article.
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There is a well known quote by a British minister around the time of Gladstone who said something along the lines of "The role of the opposition is to oppose everything and propose nothing!" Bit like what's happening on the USA at the moment with the debt crisis. In Oz we have the labor (correct spelling) party in government but the "greens" (minority party) in power. Hence we are getting this bloody carbon tax next year! Whilst we have party politics and adversarial parliamentary systems - nothing will improve. What we need here is a benevolent dictatorship!
Over here we seem to have an issue of misplaced affiliation and lack of good faith negotiation and compromise. i.e. It looks like it's party / special interest above what's good for the country and win/lose negotiations. Perhaps it's a crisis underpinned by a notion that compromise = failure.

So. Do you have any examples of benevolent dictatorships that you would want for Australia?
In an interview with former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), Time Magazine asked the question - Would you run for office now. He replied "Oh, hell no. Now it's just sharp elbows, and instead of having a caucus where you sit down and say, 'What are you going to do for your country?' you sit and figure out how to screw the other side".
I can't think of anyone who would make a good 'benevolent dictator' at the moment - no one has the balls to put their balls on the line. Needs to be someone with long term vision and someone who makes decision for the long term. The stuff that empires were built on - the Roman Empire, the British Commonwealth - weren't built by "Greeneys" sitting up trees.....
Do what we do - pay Malaysia $300 million to take 800 'illegals' there for processing. In return we take 4000 of their "supposedly processed" refugees! And you think your politicians are crazy! Bring back John Howard!
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