NOT FOR THE faint of heart, this tinkering with established rules.
It’s a bit like painting one wall of your house, once you start that caper the rest of it starts to appear as worn out or decayed.
About January 1901 our esteemed forefathers whacked a set of guidelines together in what is basically a concise document with firm parameters for our goodselves to go forth with.
By the way, they put a fair bit of thought into it. The documents weren’t forged and fused together on the six o’clock train home after a dozen VB cans at the footy.
So, now that the twenty-first century has arrived and we are the Technological Titans of the new millennium, we have suddenly decided that every time an issue comes-up that we don’t agree with or like, we bellow from the bulwarks.
Bring on a Referendum…
To change anything in our Constitution, you need a Referendum. And if there is one thing that is certain about referendums in this country, it’s that, as a population, we don’t seem to like either the concepts or the questions. To be sure, most of the average punters in the street are of the opinion that if they have to visit a ballot box more than necessary, they shall do it with a scowl on their collective faces.
There’s been forty-four referenda in this country, with only eight being successful.
Not the sort of odds that you’d punt the children’s future on.
And if the general population is to be placed into that situation of reformation of constitutional issues, then they want to answer more than one question, sort of get all the issues out of the way for another 116 years.
Have to tell you that the set of questions that are being considered in this country are starting to look like the thickness of a 1970 London telephone book.
Every Lunatic in the Lucky Country wants their voice heard.
Minority Groups with Majority attitudes — they all think that their agenda is life-changing for the mainstream or foremost national issues in their quest for change for change’s sake.
Anything from republicanism, sexual preference or place of birth and numbers of passports for our esteemed political class — every time we run into a problem, we run-off looking for rule changes.
The very basis for Democracy is based on majority consensus. Minority consensus can only bring majority disenchantment. You only have to do the maths.
If you wish to play with the Constitution every time you don’t like the established rules, you haven’t got a Constitution, You have simply got a “moving set of goalposts.”
Alex Jesaulenko couldn’t kick goals through a moving set of posts.
There’s a tried and proven adage that goes something like this: “Be careful what you wish for, lest you get it.”
One thing to remember about 1901 is that they had the luxury of experience rather than expedience to guide their thought processes.
And if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
Happy Days hey.
Johno of Townsville, Nth Qld.