With the parliamentary citizenship crisis rolling on and bipartisan opposition for a federal anti-corruption body remaining, confidence in Australian democracy is pretty low. Our commitment to democratic values is one of the real positives of our party.
In order to help make the case for our politics I propose that we develop a project to outline the problems with Australian democracy on an ongoing basis. We should form the Pirate Democracy Squad to collate and publish research on the various issues facing the Australian democratic system.
The first question we would need to address is ‘what would a good democracy look like?’ From there work out where and why Australia falls short. I envisage the reports would cover everything from corruption and influence buying to the extensive powers granted to the Governor General under the Constitution and everything in between.
Who wants to join the Squad? What does everyone else think?