Hey, Tasmanians? The two (currently) biggest political parties in your state aren’t big fans of representative democracy they don’t control. They don’t respect your wishes. They’re not even willing to talk to the representatives of 20% of you:
Mr McKim said he wrote to both leaders yesterday offering talks on a deal to provide the best framework for stable government and good governance. Mr Bartlett’s office acknowledged receipt of the letter, and it was rejected outright by Mr Hodgman.
Mr McKim said his office contacted Government House before Easter asking for a meeting. ”Shortly afterwards, the Governor’s office replied to us saying that if His Excellency wished to meet with me or the Greens he would let us know.”
Such a pity the ALP and Liberal MPs put themselves up for election in a representative democracy, when what really they wanted was a winner-takes-all autocracy with minimal public involvement (or choice). Such a pity for their voters, that they’ve got no-one actually representing them any more.
You know what I’d do if my party refused to represent me in parliament? Vote for someone else next time.