Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Withdraw your Vote from the LNP and ALP in 2016 and 2019

I would like my children, nieces and nephews, godchildren, grandchildren and all young people with dreams to be able to participate in a political system that demonstrably represents the population.

At a basic level that would mean a political system that has a minimum of 50% of its participants, from voters to parliamentarians, being women.

I would like my daughters, nieces, goddaughters, granddaughters and all future women to take political power and shape it in their image, not ask for political participation and have to change it to fit them.

I think the voting women of Australia have a five year window to take political power and shape it in their image so the women growing up now have one less battle to fight in the future.

The women growing up now will have to face a world in the merciless grip of climate change. If we have not secured 50% presence of women in all areas of social, economic and political power, women will have no voice in how they and their children survive climate change.

The female voters of Australia have one job to do in the next five years; we need to take political power from the LNP and ALP, the BIG TWO, who are dominated by men and outdated ideologies. The female voters of Australia can take political power from the BIG TWO, because if we vote as a bloc, we are the majority of Australians.

With the failure of the BIG TWO to be moral leaders in our political system, I suggest the female voters of Australia lobby our friends, family (and strangers) to withdraw our first preference vote COMPLETELY from the two major parties in the 2016 and 2019 national elections.

In the Australian Electoral system, no vote is ever wasted, but it is counted.

Your first preference is worth money to the BIG TWO, and your first preference counts towards making the BIG TWO visible in the electoral statistics.
How Much Money is Your First Preference Vote Worth?
The amount of election funding payable is calculated by multiplying the number of formal first preference votes received by the rate of payment applicable at the time. This rate is indexed every six months in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

The election funding rate from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 is 259.405 cents per eligible vote.
If you withdraw your first preference from the BIG TWO you will have withheld money from the BIG TWO, and you will have allowed your vote to be counted for alternatives to the BIG TWO in the electoral statistics.

Your second preference can go to whichever BIG TWO you wish to gain power, but the second preference will not earn the BIG TWO money, nor will it be visible in the electoral statistics.

When you stand in the booth in 2016 and 2019, you can give tangible feedback to the BIG TWO that you want them to listen to the electorate, not tell the electorate what they should think.

And if female voters withdraw their support of the BIG TWO in an organised and dedicated manner, we can change the course of history in less than five years.

Because once you have decided to withdraw your first preference from the BIG TWO, you get the chance to vote for new candidates, new parties and new ideas. Your first preference will earn the new party money, and the new party will register in the electoral statistics. If your electorate is particularly lucky, someone independent could be elected on the first preference of female voters alone – a very strong message to the BIG TWO.

The electoral system in Australia is women’s most powerful tool to shape the world to be more equal for those who will face the future when we are dead and gone. At a minimum, female voters can send a strong message to the BIG TWO to ensure 50% representation faster.

If the female voters of Australia mobilise during our five year window, we can achieve a lot more than just a message to the BIG TWO; we can change them from the BIG TWO to just two out of many parties in Australian politics!
Australian Politics: What Can I Do? (within the existing system)

The first option is to participate in the existing system of political parties; a system which is biased towards men, because it is a system created by and for men. The second option is to form a political party that works within the existing system; this party should have policies focused around the needs of women in Australia.

Australian Politics: What Can I Do? (outside the existing system)

51% of Australia’s population are women; that’s a population that can elect any Government they like.

Women do not make up 51% of Australia's political representatives; challenge accepted!

Two of your first preference votes are all that is needed to effect change; one in 2016 and one in 2019.

One candidate in your electorate is all that is needed to be given a chance with your first preference vote.

One new membership in your area is all that is needed for you to be able to spend time with the women in your electorate and your country to talk about what policies you would give your first preference vote to.

Women of Australia, the Australian Government is yours if you decide to take it.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Not our circus, not our monkeys

It's an inconvenient truth that our current economic, political and legal systems don't even acknowledge that the majority of us exist.

That’s because we currently live with systems created by old rich white dudes about 300 years ago, and in Australia up until 1962, positions of power in those systems were not open to:
Indigenous populations
Women
Anyone who was not able-bodied
Non-Europeans
Non-cisgender males
Non-heterosexual males
Men under a certain threshold of wealth/employment/education
Here are some dates for reference:
Renaissance ideas on the individual had taken over Europe by the 17th Century
Parliamentary Democracy (British Edition): 1707
Industrial Revolution: 1760
Universal Male Suffrage (Britain): starts 1791, full by 1928
Non-Indigenous Male Suffrage (Australia): 1855
Non-Indigenous Female Suffrage (Australia): 1902
Suffrage for Indigenous Australians: 1962
In truth, access to positions of power in Australia for anyone excluded before 1962 has turned out to be mirage. The systems are so old and so biased that we still don’t have proportional representation of any of our major diverse populations in any positions of power. We definitely don’t have the most basic and visible manifestation of proportional representation, gender parity.

We should also take into account that for a majority of cisgender able-bodied working men in Australia, a place in the system is not viable because it still requires a baseline of wealth and a household/team of people to run their life while they are in a position of power.

Observing the overwhelming number of old rich white dudes representing us in the Australian parliament, then, should not surprise us. But those old rich white dudes are no longer the majority in Australia, nor the world, so the systems that keep them in delusions of prime relevancy needs to go.

The system that we can affect most directly is the political system because we can all vote, and all stand as candidates.

The current political system we live under is not our circus, not our monkeys. And if the current political system is not ours, how do we build a political system that IS? We take our votes away from the old circus, and we field and vote for our own monkeys so we can build our own circus.

And this new political system has to be intersectional or it will be nothing. It has to be fucking inclusive, it has to be the antithesis of the old, broken, dying system or it simply won’t carry us into the future with any kind of success.

Since there is only one degree of separation between my own circumstances and that of Mr Tony Abbott, Prime Minister AUST#28 - our difference in gender - the only builders of the new political circus I can really talk to are the housewives women of Australia.
(PLEASE NOTE: I am white, middle class, raised Catholic and Conservative and I have a major boner for the history of Fascim. Tony and I, in another life, would be soulmates)
So, housewives women of Australia, take thee to the CWA, become involved with all manner of practical local politics, all manner of women as mentors and all manner of consulting to Government, and participate in politics on your terms.

Find your own policies, build your own campaign teams, field your own candidates and vote for the candidates who have the best vision for new politics you can find. You are the only people who can build the future, because the existing systems are dying, and trying to take us all down with them.

And for all of our sakes, be militantly inclusive; as 51% of the Australian population, the housewives women of Australia include Indigenous Australians, refugees/immigrants, the LGBTIQ community and anyone who has additional access and medical requirements. Our new politics must include everyone excluded from the current systems so our votes and candidates count the first time, and into the future.

No old rich white dudes. Literally, none. They have their playground, and they are welcome to the cesspool it is right now. Not our circus, not our monkeys, not our job to clean it up.

If they want to be on the side of progress and in the midst of the new politics, their roles include:
Making cups of tea
Getting the sponge cake into and out of the oven
Minding the crèche
Doing the washing up
Bloody well moving up the ladder of humility until they reach the rest of us in our new political landscape
We outnumber them; it’ll be our circus and our monkeys quicker than you could imagine.
A national political party advocating for women? It's time by Jane Gilmore at Women's Agenda

Think about social media and how connected women’s groups are, and how easy it would be to reach out to your base. Think about the Country Women’s Association and how terribly the regional areas are treated by Canberra.

Think about the (so far) 52 women killed this year, the pay gap getting worse, the gender disparity in our national leadership and how no one in our current parliament appears even slightly interested in genuine action on those things.
What Can I Do? (within the existing system)
And we will not be alone: Women's Equality Party, UK

What to do now


JOIN your local CWA and start being politically informed on a practical level. Tell your CWA group that you are interested in female candidates and electoral change:
CWA Western Australia
CWA Northern Territory
CWA Queensland
CWA New South Wales
CWA Victoria
CWA South Australia
CWA Australia
The Associated Country Women of the World

EMAIL the Women's Equality Party in the UK and tell them that you are interested in an Australian Women's Equality Party.

READ this: What Can I Do? (outside the existing system)

What to do before the 2016 Election


LOOK for the women who are politically active in your area, and talk to them - each electorate will need a CANDIDATE, a CAMPAIGN TEAM and a MENTOR - and to be honest, you already know who they are, or you'll find them in less than a week.

What to do until the 2016 Election


ADD the Independent Media to your life
www.theaimn.com
www.theconversation.com
www.theguardian.com
www.themonthly.com.au
www.thenewdaily.com.au
www.newmatilda.com
www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au
www.ausopinion.com
www.crikey.com.au
www.dailylife.com.au
www.eurekastreet.com.au
www.independentaustralia.net
www.nofibs.com.au
www.womensagenda.com.au
www.junkee.com
www.mamamia.com.au

What to do in the 2016 Election


BE the winning candidate, build the winning campaign team or vote for a new type of politics in Australia.

OTHER THOUGHTS ON AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
It's Time
Australia has three major political parties, each backed by their own training and voting block: the Australian Greens have the Environmental and Activist movements, Labor has the Unions and the Liberal Party has the business sector.

The largest population in Australia without a voice is women; our very urgent needs for parity, safety and leaders are being ignored and wound back, our leadership is locked out of power and as voters we are unable to direct our vote to a party that champions us.

Australian women do, however, have an established and proven mentorship and training ground for female candidates to gain political experience and female voters to gain access to candidates to influence policy; the Country Women's Association.
Fighting Winter with Summer
I credit the 1% with being fully aware of the impending water and energy conflicts, and it is clear from their actions that they are taking the requisite steps to survive while preventing the population from taking the same steps. Unfortunately their pride and entitlement will never allow them to consider the fact that their place in the 1% means nothing to the environment. Water and energy do not obey, and never have obeyed, the forces of nations, economies and capitalism.
Textbook
Anyone who thinks they can argue for 21st Century Climate Aware action with 20th Century Climate Ignorant ideologies is going to be pulled back into historical patterns of conflict and paralysis, which is exactly where the Government and their corporate partners want their population.
Ask for me tomorrow
The current Australian Government makes announcements that destabilise the news cycle, and these announcements come in two forms:

1. An outrageous suggestion designed to let opponents react with scorn and satire, but neither suggestion nor satire achieves anything but noise, and a false sense of protest for those who did not vote for this current Australian Government.

2. A very real threat that opponents cannot ignore, but is sure to be withdrawn or watered down once it has short circuited the news cycle and wasted the time and resources of those who did not vote for this current Australian Government.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's Time

To build a political movement there must be a large population without a voice, mentorship and training for candidates, and voters that have access to the candidates to articulate their specific needs.

Australia has three major political parties, each backed by their own training and voting block: the Australian Greens have the Environmental and Activist movements, Labor has the Unions and the Liberal Party has the business sector.

Unfortunately the Labor and Liberal models are the Boys Club in Australia, and while the Australian Greens have a very different internal model of democracy, they participate in a parliamentary model that was created by the Boys Club, and they do not have the numbers to change the system – yet.
Australian Politics: The Boys Club

Our political system simply cannot cope with diversity of candidates - and that is the fault of the system, not the fault of diversity. Diversity is ever-present and requires systems to improve, not retreat.

Systems are just tools, they should react and change with the user. But our systems are not changing with the population that use them, as evident by under-representation of varied proportions of our population in almost every area of public and private life. The systems are wrong, not the diversity of the population trying to use them.


Australia’s Two-Party System Has Failed Us; Here’s How We Can Fix It by Jane Gilmore at JUNKEE
The largest population in Australia without a voice is women; our very urgent needs for parity, safety and leaders are being ignored and wound back, our leadership is locked out of power and as voters we are unable to direct our vote to a party that champions us.

Australian women do, however, have an established and proven mentorship and training ground for female candidates to gain political experience and female voters to gain access to candidates to influence policy; the Country Women's Association.
Ruth Shanks from Dubbo leads the Associated Country Women of the World.
Rural women breaking the Grass Ceiling and becoming leaders in their communities.
The CWA is a National and International group of women who can provide mentors, training and leadership for women who want to be political candidates, or women who simply want their informed vote to count in a new political system.

This is not a suggestion that the CWA itself field candidates - the CWA is explicitly non-political - but membership of the CWA means women can access grassroots political training and mentorship from an exclusively female leadership. The CWA provides all-female mentorship and training, but it accommodates women of any political persuasion as members.

Australia normalizes men and women working up through business, the Unions and the activist movements to become effective political candidates because that is the Boys Club method. People of all voting persuasions can take part in business, the Unions or the activist movements and they are not bound to any party whilst employing people, being employed or working for their passions.

Australia is not comfortable with women working their way up through an effective organisation like the CWA to become candidates, because that is using the Boys Club method and making it work for women. Using membership of the CWA to learn to be politically effective is entirely practical and does not politicise the organisation, but it will train women to be great candidates and informed voters.

The CWA consult to the Australian Government on many, mainly rural, matters, and this is important because the Nationals are no longer a legitimate power in the Coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party.

Rural votes are no longer exclusively for the LNP, as the Voice for Indi campaign proved with Cathy McGowan, and the rural vote is the most powerful and important in Australia. We survive on the food and water that the rural voters preserve for us, and they are the Australians that live closest to the climate changes of the coming century.
Your Electorate, Your Candidate

The campaign that got Cathy McGowan elected in Indi used the Kitchen Table Conversation model of involving people in the electorate directly.

The CWA is a similar model that could be used to facilitate involvement in grassroots programs so female candidates and female voters start learning about how policies impact people on the ground, and how to consult to government at all levels.
Between the Australian Greens naturally protecting the environment, and female candidates who are active in rural life through the CWA, voters can place their vote with candidates that take the challenges of this century seriously. Voters can turn away from the two major parties and be sure that they are participating in growing a new type of politics.

With the mobilising and organisational power of social media and the internet, the established mentorship and opportunities of CWA membership, and a campaign team, you could be one of the women that stands up and takes the first step towards a party of women, for women, by women, thinking of the future and challenging the crippled major parties.

With the unique possibilities of joining the Australian Greens and the cross-benchers in holding Labor and the Liberals accountable, and lending strength to the arms of those who wish to widen representation in Australia, it’s time. It's time for women to be candidates outside the existing political system, and it's time for a Women's Political Party.
A national political party advocating for women? It's time by Jane Gilmore at Women's Agenda

Think about social media and how connected women’s groups are, and how easy it would be to reach out to your base. Think about the Country Women’s Association and how terribly the regional areas are treated by Canberra.

Think about the (so far) 52 women killed this year, the pay gap getting worse, the gender disparity in our national leadership and how no one in our current parliament appears even slightly interested in genuine action on those things.
What Can I Do? (within the existing system)
And we will not be alone: Women's Equality Party, UK

What to do now


JOIN your local CWA and start being politically informed on a practical level. Tell your CWA group that you are interested in female candidates and electoral change:
CWA Western Australia
CWA Northern Territory
CWA Queensland
CWA New South Wales
CWA Victoria
CWA South Australia
CWA Australia
The Associated Country Women of the World

EMAIL the Women's Equality Party in the UK and tell them that you are interested in an Australian Women's Equality Party.

READ this: What Can I Do? (outside the existing system)

What to do before the 2016 Election


LOOK for the women who are politically active in your area, and talk to them - each electorate will need a CANDIDATE, a CAMPAIGN TEAM and a MENTOR - and to be honest, you already know who they are, or you'll find them in less than a week.

What to do until the 2016 Election


ADD the Independent Media to your life
www.theaimn.com
www.theconversation.com
www.theguardian.com
www.themonthly.com.au
www.thenewdaily.com.au
www.newmatilda.com
www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au
www.ausopinion.com
www.crikey.com.au
www.dailylife.com.au
www.eurekastreet.com.au
www.independentaustralia.net
www.nofibs.com.au
www.womensagenda.com.au
www.junkee.com
www.mamamia.com.au

What to do in the 2016 Election


BE the winning candidate, build the winning campaign team or vote for a new type of politics in Australia.

OTHER THOUGHTS ON AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
Not our circus, not our monkeys
So, women of Australia, take thee to the CWA, become involved with all manner of practical local politics, all manner of women as mentors and all manner of consulting to Government, and participate in politics on your terms.

Find your own policies, build your own campaign teams, field your own candidates and vote for the candidates who have the best vision for new politics you can find. You are the only people who can build the future, because the existing systems are dying, and trying to take us all down with them.

And for all of our sakes, be militantly inclusive; as 51% of the Australian population, the women of Australia include Indigenous Australians, refugees/immigrants, the LGBTIQ community and anyone who has additional access and medical requirements. Our new politics must include everyone excluded from the current systems so our votes and candidates count the first time, and into the future.
Fighting Winter with Summer
I credit the 1% with being fully aware of the impending water and energy conflicts, and it is clear from their actions that they are taking the requisite steps to survive while preventing the population from taking the same steps. Unfortunately their pride and entitlement will never allow them to consider the fact that their place in the 1% means nothing to the environment. Water and energy do not obey, and never have obeyed, the forces of nations, economies and capitalism.
Textbook
Anyone who thinks they can argue for 21st Century Climate Aware action with 20th Century Climate Ignorant ideologies is going to be pulled back into historical patterns of conflict and paralysis, which is exactly where the Government and their corporate partners want their population.
Ask for me tomorrow
The current Australian Government makes announcements that destabilise the news cycle, and these announcements come in two forms:

1. An outrageous suggestion designed to let opponents react with scorn and satire, but neither suggestion nor satire achieves anything but noise, and a false sense of protest for those who did not vote for this current Australian Government.

2. A very real threat that opponents cannot ignore, but is sure to be withdrawn or watered down once it has short circuited the news cycle and wasted the time and resources of those who did not vote for this current Australian Government.