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Written by The Informed Aussie
Published on Sunday, October 20th, 2013
I usually don’t post MEMES or Images as posts, but in this instance, I couldn’t find a better depiction of why Australia is truly the land of the free and home of the brave.
This was the best comment I found on Reddit… (Where I found the image. Credit: Felicity Ryan for the image)
Another huge difference between our countries which no one is discussing is the role of the Australian Electoral Commission. This institution is responsible for the regulation of donations by individuals and business’ to political parties. Under the AEC, donations of more than $12 100 MUST be transparent and disclosed for public consideration. The distribution of campaign funds to the political parties from tax payer revenue under the AEC, also helps to prevent our politicians and parties from becoming reliant on lobbyists and private donors to fund their political campaigns. Whilst this means an increased cost for the taxpayer, there are obvious benefits to this system, which are far greater than a system like the American one.
The US has long had lobbying. It is an inescapable part of their “democratic” process. And not long ago, Citizens United, a bill providing for unlimited, undisclosed private donations to political parties and candidiates was passed by the US Supreme Court. This is precisely how you get your Mitt Romney’s running for PRESIDENT.