Australian politics, society & culture

Published March 24th 2013
Duration 16m 42s
City Recorded

Adam Bandt on How Two-Party Politics Has Failed Australian Voters

From compulsory voting to the Westminster system, our entire electoral process is underpinned with traditions and rules that shape our political world. But what are the notions and concepts we take for granted that aren’t an essential part of that framework?

Candidate for the federal seat of Melbourne, Adam Bandt – aiming to be the first ever Green to win a Lower House seat in Australia – argues that far from being a symbolic presence to sway the tone of an election, smaller parties and independent candidates are an essential part of the democratic process. Two-party politics, he argues, isn’t only a thing of the past: it’s something best left behind.

Presented as part of The Wheeler Centre’s Lunchbox/Soapbox series, July 2010


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