Democracy a funny thing

As I pondered Frank O’Shea’s interesting article (”Democracy will be known as the ‘grand delusion”’, Canberra Times2, September 3, p5) on the West’s insistence on forcing democracy on to unwilling nations, I turned my thoughts to our own Australian democracy. On the same day that both the Coalition and Labor voted against the Greens’ motion to permit the Australian Parliament to consider whether this country should go to war, I learnt that should it be deemed desirable that the mail be delivered on three days instead of five, this would have to go to Parliament. Funny old democracy in Australia, eh?

– Ann Darbyshire, CLA member, Gunning NSW
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