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Written by Andrew Puhanic
Published on Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Political Activism in Australia has never been more prominent in Australian Culture than ever before. The past twelve months have seen a shift in the political paradigm not seen since the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was voted into office. The swell of political antagonism towards Prime Minister Julia Gillard has awoken an intrinsic desire of the Australian people to rebel against the government and ruling classes.
2012 will see an even greater push from all sectors of the Australian community against both Federal and State Governments. The only thing that could derail this movement is complacency, or the notion that because everything on the surface appears normal, there is no need to rebel. The Australian economy is experiencing a boom never experienced before, unemployment is at an all-time low and living standards for most Australians are considered to be the highest in the world.
The perception globally that Australia is a care-free, no nonsense nation who values nothing more than sitting back and doing nothing is completely wrong. Australians care about global and local social and political issues.
In 2011, Hundreds of people turned out to protest in city centres declaring that there are fundamental problems with Australia’s democracy. In Sydney, about 500 people set up camp in Martin Place to protest against corruption and corporate greed. The protestors were chanting “you can’t eat money” and “we are the 99 per cent” Others recited “We are here as part of the global movement, the occupier movement, we are here with a similar message that we want a world for human need, not corporate greed”.
Also, in 2011 there were many large scale demonstrations against the globalist backed carbon tax. Australia recently passed legislation for the introduction of a carbon tax.
Wide scale protests were orchestrated around the Australia’s major cities and towns. One of the largest protests, which were located in Canberra, was orchestrated on the anniversary that Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she wouldn’t introduce a carbon tax. 5,000 passionate activists came out in force against the lying globalist Julia Gillard.
So, where too from here? How can the activist movement in Australia gain momentum in the fight against the government and globalists? Well, it’s fair to say that there is no real need to educate ordinary Australians about the evils of government and the globalist agenda. What we need to do is inspire ordinary Australians to reignite their passion for rebellion to take the fight to the government and globalists.
There are many social issues that Australians need to fight for on a daily basis. Logging in Tasmania, the abolition of puppy farms, reduction of mining in sensitive environmental zones, the elimination of fluoride in water supplies and fighting for Aboriginal rights are still on the agenda.
The biggest problem all Australians face is the duopoly political paradigm in Australia. What the duopoly political paradigm means is that the country is split down the centre in political thought, practice and ideology. Liberal (right wing) and Labor (left wing) advocates each demonstrate compelling arguments for and against most of Australia’s social, political and economic issues. The problem is that when Australians pick a side or choose an ideology, their opinions become associated with what the masses and media have to say on the issues.
What this means is, because of Australia’s duopoly political system, activism can only thrive by individuals taking action on important social issues based on the individuals desire to understand why these issues exist and how to resolve them, and not what the main stream media tells them.
The good news is that this duopoly political paradigm is slowly breaking down as alternative political parties and independent representatives become more and more popular. There is very strong evidence that this is occurring. At the last Australian federal election, the Greens received a four percent swing to finish with 13 percent of the vote (more than 1.6 million votes) in the Senate, a first for any Australian minor party.
The Senate vote throughout the states was between 10 to 20 percent. The Greens won a seat in each of the six states at the election, again a first for any Australian minor party, which brought the party to a total of nine Senators from July 2011 and gave the Greens the sole balance of power in the Senate. The Greens also won their first House of Representatives seat at a general election, the seat of Melbourne with candidate Adam Bandt. A crossbencher in the first hung parliament since the 1940 federal election, he is one of four crossbenchers providing confidence and supply to the Gillard Labor minority government. 
What the results of the last Australian federal election mean is that the shift away from the two party political system has already began.
More proof that the duopoly political paradigm in Australia is falling apart was also demonstrated at the last Australian Federal election. Four independent representatives, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie each won their respective seats. Unlike in other political systems, the appointment of four independents in one election is not typical in Australian politics.
Political Activism in Australia has never been more prominent in Australian Culture than ever before and the momentum for change is increasing at an exponential rate. Gone are the days of a sheepish public who, forced by legislation, vote for two similar alternatives without any thought about policy and agenda and gone are the days of political in-activism.