ANOTHER federal election has come and gone and with it we saw the appropriate celebration of the nation’s democratic processes working as they should.
It’s a recognition that we routinely manage to change governments in an orderly way that is quite uncommon around the globe.
Yet not everyone is feeling warm and fuzzy about politics, and judging by the Electoral Commission’s figures the disenchantment is particularly strong here in FNQ. How else to explain the extraordinary rise in the number of people who failed to vote, even despite it being mandatory?
It may also be reflected in the recurrent election of independents and other nonmainstream candidates, whose arrival in parliament promises to make those proceedings more ‘‘interesting’’ than is probably good for the nation overall - at least as far getting meaningful things done anyway.
Politics is all about being able to reach compromises, but a government too encumbered by the strange demands of micro parties is not likely to achieve the hard things on the agenda. Disenchant
ment and protest are a toxic brew.