Media Release – Independent Candidate for Chisholm – offers preferences to either major party willing to support citizen participation in business of government

For Immediate Release

Wayne Tseng
Independent Candidate for Chisholm
wayne@waynetseng.com
0433 104 830
waynetseng.com

Wayne Tseng, Independent for Chisholm, will give preference to any of the two major parties who will table for debate, in parliament, three key advocacies.

1. Table a debate in parliament to introduce 4 public engagement mechanisms to allow high citizen participation in government.

2. Table a debate for an online transparent issue platform for the multicultural communities to voice their concerns.

3. Table a debate for a national public holiday for the First Nation Peoples. 

The electorate of Chisholm has one of the narrowest of margins. Wayne will use his preference to negotiate with both major parties for support of these three advocacies.

Rationale

We are in turbulent times.  It is in these turbulent times that Australia needs a stronger system of government. One that not only benefits Coalition-Labor duopoly, but genuinely considers the needs of the Australian people and honours the real choices/decisions of the people on policies. 

Our Westminster system has served us well for over a century, but it does not continue to meet the needs of a complex modern society.  The system places any innovation and power in the hands of major parties. Only issues that service their interests are addressed. Only solutions that put MPs in strong electoral positions are implemented. 

Society is too complex for one PM or one party to have an answer to it all.  While a democratic system serves the people well, if you are in the minority group, you are not in luck. We need to introduce mechanisms that allow greater people participation in our process of government. 

The introduction of 4 simple public engagement mechanisms, listed below, can address the shortcomings, and improve the Westminster system that we have.

1.Online Public Issues Identification Platform- where issues from any sector of the community can be identified. The frequency of issues mentioned determines the severity and priority.  In this way, we do not rely on press “pot luck” pick to bring issues out, or only addressed by MPs, whenever it serves their agenda.

2. Online Public Policy submission – No strategist has answers to it all. Many problems are best addressed with ideas from people on the ground. This platform allows people to submit alternatives/options for the government to analyse and debate on.  With this, parliament can start to harness the creativity of the people as a collective.

3. Online Polls on bills before parliament votes- this allows the public to cast their voice so MPs can vote inline with the wish of the electorate – not the party line. It is as simple as conducting an online poll on a bill before MPs cast their vote. 

4. Online Policy Monitoring Platform- which allows the public to immediately report failings or areas for improvement. This way debacles can be identified early and dodgy policies can be stopped in  their tracks

These mechanisms are part of a prelude to a direct vote system.  Wayne calls this Democracy 2.0. 

An overview of Citizen Participation in Business of Government

Citizen participation in government has been in place in a number of jurisdictions around the world including the UK, Iceland, New York City, Sweden, Switzerland and growing.  The UK Johnston government has taken steps to investigate how peoples engagement can be enhanced at a national level. UKs Sheffield City Council has all its policies directly voted on by its residents. 

The installation of the 4 public engagement mechanisms in our parliament does not involve changing the constitution, or a referendum. These are public engagement processes that should be in place in our current system. Quite often they are symbolically carried out as “community consultation”.

In the eyes of the world, Australia is a beacon of democracy and liberty. It is appropriate that we take steps to improve the parliamentary process and realise the potential of the Australian people. 

Wayne has written to current Member, Glady Liu, and the Labor Candidate Carina Garland, to offer preferences if they publicly declare that their party would table these three items for parliamentary debate. 

1. Table a debate in parliament to introduce the 4 public engagement mechanisms as described.

2. Table a debate for an online issues platform for the multicultural community to voice their concerns.

3. Table a debate for a national public holiday for the First Nation Peoples.

Greater citizen participation in government is the first step to addressing corruption within parties and elected MPs. It adds efficiency to government, attracts innovation, and better manages failed policies. 

Ethnic tension arises from issues that are left unaddressed. Many genuine concerns are filtered out by  community leaders and even multicultural affairs bureaucrats. Our multicultural Australia needs a transparent platform which allows any member of any ethnic group to voice their concerns. This allows for public debate and provides solutions.

The needs of First Nation peoples are always treated as political footballs. In many instances, when a related bill is to be introduced into parliament, it has been pushed to the last fortnight of sitting or missed altogether.  There should be a public holiday where First Nation peoples can celebrate their identity, voice their stories, debate how their needs are to be addressed and allow the greater public to be engaged in their welfare.  We have a holiday for a horse race. A public holiday to celebrate our First Nation peoples is long overdue.

Wayne once wrote to Elon Musk. If he was to have a city on Mars, what system of government would fit? Certainly not a monarchy, dictatorship, communism, fascism or even the current model of democracy. It would be a model of participating democracy/direct vote. What Wayne calls Democracy 2.0. If this is the future, why don’t we begin today.

Here is preview of a typical citizen participation platform

Covid changed the world in many respects. It has already changed much in the business of government. Scomo pledges to bring them back to the way we were. That “state” of where we were is gone. The coalition needs a “new purpose” to bring about unity.  Going ahead with the next election should be on “hope, change, government integrity and destiny” . An appropriate destiny would be a society where the “collective” contributes in government innovations, business of governing and where the ultimate power to decide is at the hands of the people. 

There are 20 very marginal seats that will determine the next PM. Wayne knows many other potential independent candidates with good ideas on emission reduction, government integrity, social cohesion and nation building. He encourages those with good advocacies to use this once in a lifetime opportunity to push the major parties to consider their ideas.

There is a little irony in this story. While the world are cautious of what China will do next. It is within the Australia Chinese community that champions of enhanced democracy emerge.

For further query, contact Wayne Tseng on 0433 104 830 or wayne@waynetseng.com

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Other references on Wayne Tseng

Wikinews interviews 2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor Candidate Wayne Tseng – Wikinews, the free news source

Melbourne City Council elections: The lord mayor candidates competing for the keys to Town Hall (theage.com.au)

Wayne Tseng resigned from the Victorian Liberal Party on 25/2/2020

Gellibrand – Federal Election 2007 – ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Calwell – 2010 Federal Election – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Derrimut – 2010 Victorian Election – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

2006 State election results | Victorian Electoral Commission (vec.vic.gov.au)

Eastern suburbs council cancels Australia Day fireworks as state burns (theage.com.au)

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