Cult of individual
Time to get back to time-tested democratic processes
I’M certainly supportive of what I like to see as democratic expressions of Australian politics viz first female prime minister and the structure of the federal parliament.
The latter has forced our elected representatives to better prepare their cases, although the standard of discussions leave much to be desired.
Nevertheless, the dependency on the four independ e nt s hangs overeach party’s head like the Sword of Damocles.
One of my concerns, as regards our female prime minister, is her becoming a victim of the cult of individual and how she continues to handle the reins of leadership. The cult is a disease of contemporary society with the structure of corporations depending on it; could we imagine CEOs organising and setting up structures at which employees could discuss views on company policy, could we imagine boards of directors encouraging this democratic practice and, to what degree does our Bully editor practise democracy down on the job?
I repeat, it’s the structure and practice of capitalism and unfortunately our parliaments practise the cult of t he i ndividual t ogether with the power and the practice of authoritarianism that goes with it.
We see it practised in questions time in parliament. Despite the fact that
Julia Gillard political parties are made up of members being made responsible for certain major social issues, for example, education or communications, question time in parliament comes across as a battle of the leaders and the sickening name calling and negativity that is all too often the result. Wouldn’t it be an enjoyable change if when a question from the Opposition is directed at the Prime Minister she replied, ‘‘ Oh! So and so is my minister handling it so I’ll hand it over to him/ her’’.
We would then begin to see the collective practised as opposed to the authoritarian – the Prime Minister could divest herself of the cult and practise her collective leadership qualities.
I expect the editor to dismiss this as the dream world of an old socialist but social change won’t come automatically – it has to be pushed by concerned citizens. STAN HEILBRONN,