Australian Parliament House is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. We have gross negligence on so many fronts; Parliament right now would struggle to pass as “the people’s house”.

The faces of these women speak for so many fed up Australians this week.

The efforts and honesty from a handful of Australia’s leading journalists have made the bitterness experienced from such pitiful representation of Australian values just bearable. …

I’ve nearly completed my first semester into a Masters of International Law and International Relations, study which has followed my undergrad in International Business and Chinese Business.

This could give an impression I’m somewhat obsessed with foreign affairs, and while this isn’t necessarily untrue, it fails to account for my true passion for federal (domestic) politics. I study the ‘international’ simply because I understand Australia’s domestic prosperity hinges on the health of our relationship with foreign powers.

I’ve known this since I started my studies fifteen years ago, but along the way, my views on the world and our role…

Since the 1970s, Australian has been governed federally by one of two major political parties, the Australian Liberal Party (LP), and the Australian Labor Party (ALP).* During this time, under the exclusive command of both political institutions, there has been an enormous shift in Australia’s wealth and culture, and the influence of neoliberal ideas is evident in the broad policy agendas of both governments.

During the past fifty years, we’ve not only witnessed the exclusivity of federal leadership within the limits of the ALP and LP but with it, a sharp increase in the globalised deregulated force of capital that…

A few hours ago, I received the call I’ve worked non-stop for seventeen days to get. My mum and Aunt had safely arrived on Australian soil. They are no longer #stuckinPeru.

My mum (right) and Aunty on their LONG transit back to Australia

I expected to feel such relief. I thought I’d be able to return to my strange new routine of homeschooling my daughters and over-thinking my weekly shopping trip.

Yet all I feel is a sense of obligation and duty to advocate for the 100 odd Australians who still remain in Peru. …

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Today Scott Morrison announced the largest ever Commonwealth investment of $328m for prevention & frontline services to reduce domestic violence, a day after Bill Shorten announced Labor’s Banking Fairness Fund will provide $60m to support women and children fleeing domestic violence. No doubt the Morrison Government would have been fuming that Labor beat them to the announcement, but the notion that the Governments National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010‐2022 was somehow an overnight plan thrown together as a knee-jerk reaction to Labor’s announcement is just silly.

It is difficult to appraise the significance and/or value…

I feel there is an old political myth, that in order to get elected into parliament, you have beg for donations to cover the cost of annoying your electorate during your campaign.

Surely I am not the only one whose eyes roll back as I pass by cheesy election billboards full of false promises and oversimplified policy slogans. Billboards, advertisements, flyers, magnets — all these “old school” approaches seem a relic of a time gone past.

I recently came across an interesting article published in 2013 titled “An inconvenient truth: what life is really like for an independent election candidate”

The preferential voting system in Australia was introduced just over 100 years ago by a butt-hurt Nationalist Government who lost a safe “Nationalist” seat to a 21 year old Labor candidate for the WA then rural seat of Swan. Edwin Corboy became the youngest person ever to be elected to either house of the Parliament of Australia by polling 34.4% of the vote and won, ahead of the Nationalist candidate on 29.6% and the Country Party candidate on 30.4%. …

Conceptually, the mission of the Independents of Australia party is to improve the function of democracy for the benefit of the Australian people, now and into the future.

The intention is to band together resources and support to offer “economies of scale” level benefit to Independents, without dictating or influencing in anyway policy positions.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, so we are all on the same page, this is the fourth article, an extension of the ideas and challenges explored in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

The hope is Australians band together in…

Is it possible, are the Australian people capable, of coming together in action (not apathy) to take back our future and reset the course of the future of democracy?

Do the Australian people desire international respect for being the kind of people who called bullsh**t and turned the crazy train of #auspol around? Or are we content to be the kind of people who did a whole lot of nothing to prevent blatant corruption and incompetence impede the potential of our country?

Is a big question.

Let’s look at Iceland for a minute. Iceland is an impressive but unassuming country…

Why aren’t more Australians vying to be Independent Candidates? Why aren’t more of us willing to step up in an attempt to improve the sorry state of #auspol?

I believe there are three key answers to these questions, and they symbolise some of the most the significant impediments to democracy in Australia in 2019.

This isn’t a new line of questioning for me, in fact I published an article on LinkedIn that touched on some of the excuses that I’ve used for not putting my neck on the line in an attempt to improve the calibre and integrity of decision…

Charlie Caruso

Things I care about #socialimpact #blockchain #innovation #auspol #smartideas

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