Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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