The deal struck between the Labor Party and the Greens Party in Canberra, to keep Labour in power, is indicative of much of what is wrong with politics today. The centre-left Labor party has much, much more in common with the centre-right Liberal Party, than does either with the Left-left Greens Party (I use the terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ for no reason other than expediency). But that has not stopped Australia’s two major parties ignoring each other, and dealing exclusively with the Greens in order to secure a majority in the parliament and establish a Government. Why?

Is it that it would ruin their branding as diametrically opposed, saviours and villains (depending on vantage point)? Is it that governing would become more about working together to create and pass bills, and less about relentless and often unwarranted criticism? Is it that it would set a horrible precedent for the Federal level (one of statesmanship and governance)? Whatever it is, I am not sure, but it certainly isn’t pragmatism. Pragmatism asked for a new model, where those closest to each other worked together, not a miniaturised model of the train wreck that is the federal parliament. If we had had pragmatism, we would have an emissions trading scheme by now, not ridiculous declarations of Armageddon… The A.C.T deserves this too…