There are high hopes that the new year will bring a sense of normality back to the federal parliamentary system, with all sides of politics viewing 2020 to have been a “write-off” for much of everyday policy decisions. A host of important issues facing the country were placed on the backburner while governments both state and federal dealt primarily with the all-consuming covid19 crisis. But at some point the nation’s policy and lawmakers will have to deal with them.
by Mei Ling Tiān’ānmén (天安门) means “The Gate of Heavenly Peace”. It is the name of the front gate of the Imperial City of Beijing, also known as the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square, located nearby, has become synonymous with anything but peace.
The U.S. presidential election has displayed once again not only deep flaws in the business of polling data gathering but also the distortions in Western democracies perpetrated by an inherently biased media that works against mainstream views rather than attempting to understand them. The same problems are occurring in Australian politics too, though to a lesser extent. That is likely due to the fact that in the United States voting is not compulsory. But the growing power of social media is increasing the trend even here.