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Commonwealth of Australia - 2025 Federal Election

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:17 am
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Official Election Notice

Polling - All Parties First Preference (Ex. New Guinea and Military): ISP 23% | ALP 22%| CP 22% | AGP 13% | CSD 8% | AJP 6% | LIS 4% | LCP 1% | ALL OTHER 1%

The Commonwealth of Australia's 2025 Federal Election is now exactly 90 days away, on April 27°.

The Commonwealth of Australia derives it's Federal electoral process and system of government from the Australic Constitution, as promulgated following the 1923 Revolution. This constitution provides for the structure of the federal legislature - as a bicameral parliament - and the executive - as a cabinet headed by the Prime Minister and otherwise composed of the Chairpersons of the various Federal Consolidated Syndicates.

The Federal Election refers to the democratic process for selecting members to the Federal Parliament, as the Federal Consolidated Syndicates have a separate process. The Federal Parliament, being bicameral in nature, is comprised of an Upper House (the Senate) and a Lower House (the House of Representatives). The purpose of the House of Representatives is to represent the individual communes that comprise the Commonwealth, whilst the Senate represents the states and territories.

The Composition of Parliament
The number of positions in the Senate is prescribed by the constitution as;

..."twelve seats allotted for senators from each state of the federation and four seats for each territory..."

Whilst for the House of Representatives;

"...shall be composed of a number of seats for communal ministers exactly double the number of senators, with each minister representing a communal constituency of as close to equal population as possible, with a permissable variation of 12.5%."

With 14 states and 2 territories - plus an additional two special seats allotted for the disputed New Guinea Territory, the current size of the Federal Senate is 178. Likewise, the Federal House of Representatives possesses double that number, at 356, with each communal constituency possessing a population of approximately 100,000 ±12,500.

The Electoral Process
The Constitution mandates that a federal election must be held every three years, on April 27°. At a Federal Election, all seats in the House of Representatives are contested, whilst half of those in the Senate are contested. The reason for only half of Senate seats being contested is to stagger the election of senators; the tenures of senators are twice as long as those of communal ministers - 6 years as opposed to 3 - with the intent being that the senators who have reached the end of their 6 year tenure are those whose seats are being contested in a federal election.

The Senate and House of Representatives use two similar but distinct voting methods:

Members for the House of Representatives are elected utilising a single-member preferential system. That is to say, every voter numbers the candidates running in their electorate based on their preference. The candidate with the least number of first preference votes is discarded and their second preference votes distributed, until there are two candidates - the one with the majority wins.

Voting for the Senate utilises a preferential proportional system. As such, within each state or territory there is a certain threshold of votes required to win a single seat (dependant on state population). The least popular candidate is discarded much the same as the previous voting method, until there are enough candidates above the threshold to fill each seat.

Voting in Federal elections is mandatory for all adult and capable citizens - thus all adult and capable residents. One can abstain on the grounds of conscientious objection, but it is much easier to simply post a blank or invalid ballot, often referred to as a 'donkey vote'. Voting is done via secret ballot either in person, at a polling centre where one can be checked against the electoral roll, or via mail, also checked against the electoral roll.

The Election Season Begins

This forthcoming election, an additional 20 seats in the House of Representatives and 10 in the Senate will be contested, due to the ascension of the former Pacific Territory into the states of Fiji and Melanesia.

Today is the deadline for both the declaration of candidacy for any persons seeking to contest a position in the forthcoming election, as well as the deadline for any political party wishing to contest this election to register, if not already registered.

The individual candidacies for each seat will be updated on the official register as the election approaches, whilst all political parties will be listed below:

The Industrial Socialist Party of Australia (I.S.P. )
Moderate-Left • De Leonism • Industrial Socialism

The Industrial Socialist Party is the leading party in the incumbent government coalition, having held this position since 2019. At present, the Chairman of the I.S.P. is Prime Minister Gene O'Caelleigh, the Member for Benalla Rural Commune in the state of Victoria, but he has declared his intent not to contest the forthcoming election and thus retire from Parliament. Following a close leadership ballot, his successor - as voted by party members - will be Cm. Harvey H. Troedel, Member for Margaret Rural Commune in Western Australia and the current Party Adjunct to Hospitality.

The Industrial Socialist Party is the left-most major party. The party is regarded as the party of the revolution, though eschews any and all notion of being a 'vanguard party' in the Marxist-Leninist sense.

The I.S.P. stands staunchly for the protection of the rights of the workers, their syndicates, and communes. It advocates for extensive restrictions and tariffs against trade from capitalist nations, a bellicose stance against Australia's enemies (though still prioritising defence), and greater cooperation with Australia's allies in all respects. Whereas Labor could be said to lean towards centralisation in both administration and the economy, the I.S.P. supports greater devolution of powers and an overall 'bottom-up' system of governance.

The I.S.P. first formed as the militant wing of the Labor Party in the build-up to the 1923 Revolution and Labor Day Coup. The party's split from Labor was only completed after the Revolution, with the first I.S.P. MPs running in the inaugural 1923 Special Federal Election. For the first decade of its existence, the I.S.P. existed as an ally of the Labor Party, and the two governed in-coalition between 1923 and 1932, agreeing even so much as to not compete against each other in 1923.

The party was founded at the state-level in New South Wales by State M.P. Albert Willis, but in the 1923 election, the Industrial Socialist Party was led federally by renowned socialist activist, IWW leader, and freshly-minted politician Donald MacLennan Grant, one of the 'Sydney 12'. Grant would become the Deputy Prime Minister to Labor Prime Minister T.J. Ryan, the first to hold the post in an official capacity. The most notable I.S.P. Prime Ministers include John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Jim Cairnes, Meredith Phillips, and Frank Hughes.

Current Seats: 120/336 (35.7%)

The Australic Labor Party (A.L.P. )
Centre-Left • Fabianism • Democratic Socialism

The Labor Party is the chief opposition party at present, led by Opposition Leader Donovan Smith, the Member for Marion Urban Commune in Southern Australia, since 2019.

The largest, oldest, and generally most popular active federal political party in Australia, the Labor Party is considered Centre-Left in modern times as more left-leaning voters tend towards other parties, but Labor still claims to be the party of the worker and cites its many progressive achievements - chief amongst them being the party that achieved the world's first labor-led government.

Labor, as opposed to its rivaling Industrial Socialist Party, is an avowedly pacifist party. Whilst it doesn't stand in opposition to either the armament of the workers, civil service, or other defence programs, neither does it seek to push or pursue any of Australia's territorial grievances. Like the Industrial Socialists, however, it stands against both nuclear armament and conscription.

Economically, labor is more open than its chief rival in terms of private enterprise. It takes a more lenient stance on foreign trade (including tariffs) as well as towards what little private enterprise is legal in Australia (independent contracting and single-location family business, primarily) but otherwise holds views congruent to that of the ISP and the Syndicates.

Aside from these points, Labor is seen as the less radical of the two major left-wing parties - still campaigning for progress, just at a more incremental pace. As such, a Labor government is often one of maintenance - neither repealing nor legislating any major laws and, rather, keeping the country 'steady as she goes'.

At the nation's inaugural 1923 Special Federal Election, the Labour Party was led by former Queensland Premier and dedicated socialist T.J. Ryan, who became the 9th Prime Minister of Australia and the first under Syndicalism, serving for 2 terms before retiring. Other notable Labor Prime Ministers include H.V. Evatt, Gough Whitlam, Christine Wellesley, and Terry Ayliffe.

Current Seats: 91 (27.1%)

The Country Party of Australia (C.P.)

Centre • Georgism • Agrarian Democracy
The Country Party is considered the third of the three big parties in the Commonwealth and - like Labor - holds position as the secondary opposition party, under the Leadership of Opposition Leader Milo MacDhuibhshithe-Pearce, Member for Byron Rural Commune in New Anglia.

The Country Party: by farmers, for farmers. The C.P. has always mixed both conservative and progressive policies into its agenda for the rural interest; it originally formed as a counterbalance against both unions and monopolies, and has only had its own monopoly on rural electorates upset in the past few years by the growth of the AGP. The Country Party is considered the third major party of Australic Federal politics.

Though one might initially assume the Country Party to be right-wing, it prefers to focus on issues rather than identity politics and will fall on either side of the centre depending on the interests of its constituents. It is a party of practicality, pragmatism, of common sense, and of common interest - ironically, some of the most sweeping changes to the nation have come from the pen strokes of the 'least progressive' major party; the creation of four of the seven states created since federation, the massive drive to balance national population distribution, the national apprenticeship scheme, and the expansion of Australia's now world-renowned hydroelectric infrastructure. Whilst some would call the Party 'Georgist', the Country Party prefers to eschew classifications that would distract voters from their agenda.

At the nation's inaugural 1923 Special Federal Election, the Country Party was led by Dr. Earle Page, who would eventually serve as the nation's 12th Prime Minister, and who led the Party to tie for second place with the Industrial Socialists in both Houses of Parliament. Aside from Dr. Page, notable Country Party Prime Ministers include John McEwen, Geoff Staunton, and Pat Dandridge.

Current Seats: 67 (19.9%)

The Christian Social Democrats of Australia (C.S.D. )
Centre-Left • Christian Socialism • Social Democracy

The Christian Social Democracts, since their founding, have served as a moderating force in government, and are currently the secondary member of the governing coalition, led by Deputy Prime Minister Lorraine Fischer, Member for Ithaca Urban Commune in Queensland.

The CSD is the favoured Federal Party for most church-going Christians and those of Italo-Greek extraction, and as such can reliably attract up to 1/5th of the nation's first-preference votes. Founded by Italic Christian Socialist leaders smuggled into the country after the Great War, it often finds itself in the position of a power-broker between the more major parties on individual issues, but generally forms coalitions with Labor or the Country Party. Some are wary of its very open connection to the Christian Social Union, the largest amalgamation of churches in Australia, and thus by extension the influence of this external organisation on government.

The CSD, like Labor, is pacifistic in nature. It sits between Labor and the Country Party on the 'political scale', holding similar political and economic stances to Labor but retaining many conservative and traditional Christian morals and values. That said, the party supports most of the nation's sexuality and gender laws and abstains from votes on legislation regarding abortion. It is the only party to support private charity (which, whilst legal, is rare domestically), though maintains that the government, through welfare and foreign aid, is the most efficient institution at helping the desitute.

The exodus of Labor and Industrial Socialist Ministers to the C.S.D., as well as the A.V.L., played a large role in the defeat of Labor at the 1929 Federal Election, though the C.S.D. then entered a governing coalition with Earle Page and the Country Party, following the collapse of the Liberal Union government of George Warburton Fuller after only 9 months. Since then, the C.S.D. are always in coalition with Labor and the Country Party, and occasionally join coalitions with the I.S.P., as is true at present. It was also true in 1993, when the only Prime Minister yet to be drawn from the C.S.D., Piotr Bąków, served for 6 days following the death of Frank Hughes, to whom he was Deputy Prime Minister.

Current Seats: 19 (5.7%)

The Australic Green Party (A G.P )
Moderate-Left • Environmentalism • Democratic Socialism

The Greens are a progressive and youth-orientated party which has always caucused with the Industrial Socialist Party, and as such is the tertiary member in the incumbent governing coalition. It's leader is Cm. Julianne Walker-Cosgrove, Member for Eden Hill Urban Commune in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

It advertises itself as a counterbalancing party to the Country Party, focusing on pursuing the sustainable and ethical use of Australia's great expanses of land and abundant natural resources.

Outside of the A.A.A., the A.G.P. is considered the most socially liberal of all of Australia's political parties. They are the most staunchly supportive of all conceivable environmental policies - renewable energies, reforestation, etc... - and are also the party seen as most supportive of the nation's various indigenous groups. The radical agenda of the A.G.P., however, leaves them a dearth of support in communes loyal to the Country Party, whilst they struggle to compete in more metropolitan areas with more established and ideologically similar left-wing parties. However, the A.G.P. has returned a greater result at every one of their elections since their founding in 1961.

Current Seats: 16 (4.8%)

The New Guinea League (N.G.L )
Pluralist • Irredentism • Liberal Democracy

The New Guinea League is a unity-coalition responsible for the governance of the disputed New Guinea Territory. Led by Cm. Arthur Somare, Member for Wewak Urban Commune in the aforementioned territory.

The New Guinea League is a politically diverse coalition united in demanding various progressions regarding the disputed territory of New Guinea - full statehood, resumed active warfare with Indonesia, the armament of local autonomous tribesmen, or all of the above. As the electoral status of most of New Guinea (in which it has de facto complete electoral dominance) is itself in limbo, the N.G.L. has fostered a large grassroots voter base along the nation's northern coast to ensure its ability to deliver a jingoistic speech to Parliament at every valid opportunity and prevent the frozen conflict from ever leaving the national consciousness.

Current Seats: 15 (4.5%)

The ANZAC Veterans' League (AV.L. )
Centre-Left • Veterans' Affairs • Democratic Socialism

The ANZAC Veterans' League exists as a quirk of Australic political culture, and primarily serves to maintain the ceremonial and nonpartisan representation of the Commonwealth Defence Forces in Parliament. It has always been afforded, by convention, a position in the governing coalition. The head of the party is General Monroe Lambert, Member for the Duntroon Urban Commune in the Australic Capital Territory.

The ANZAC Veterans' League was born from the throes of the horrific Great War and the domestic political turmoil of its aftermath. Founded by returned servicemen, many of whom participated in the Labor Day Coup of 1923, the A.V.L. achieved its political zenith in the first regular election in Syndic Australia, the 1926 Federal election, whence it joined with the I.S.P., A.L.P., and C.S.D. in the first regular coalition government. Since then, the party has experienced a slow but steady decline in relevance, losing ground at every election since, except following the conflict with Indonesia. Despite losing relevance in the modern era, the contribution of the A.V.L. and its members to the state's political culture and history is held in high esteem, and it is generally invited into all coalition governments by convention.

By 1926, most Ministers who had seen combat in the Great War - both on the left and right - had aligned themselves with the A.V.L. Despite the revolution, the standing stipulation that actively serving military personnel could not stand for Parliament remained for several decades, only being repealed in the late 1940s, thus limiting the Party's pool of prospective candidates.

Current Seats: 4 (1.2%)

The Liberal Commonwealth Party (L.C.P )
Centre-Right • Classical Liberalism • Liberal Democracy

The Liberals Commonwealth Party is the most right-leaning political party with representation in the House of Representatives. Led by Feargus MacAlasdair, Member for Eppingmarch Urban Commune, the party is a shadow of it's former self, typically caucusing with the Country Party, which historically eclipsed the LCP and currently attracts the vast majority of its former voting demographics.

The largest and oldest active federal conservative Party, the Liberal Commonwealth Party (not to be confused with the earlier 'Commonwealth Liberal Party') was first formed by members of the Nationalist Party who dissented against the Hughes and Bruce governments as the Liberal Union Party. The name was changed to the L.C.P. to distance themselves from the Nationalists further, though the two names are used interchangeably even to this day.

Despite over a century of syndicalist governance, the L.C.P. still maintains a voting base that dissents against much of the fabric of society. It advocates for the return of liberal economic rights, such as those of free-trade and free-enterprise, the return of commercial banking, the lessening of social welfare, the return to a material (i.e. gold) standard for currency, and the weakening of the syndicates. Furthermore, it garners appeal for its appeal for a final peace with the United States - a peace which would likely require concession that the L.C.P. would be happy to oblige to, including reactionary policy and the abandonment of New Guinea - whilst avoiding the stigma of appearing as an overtly pro-US party. It particularly argues that the current form of governance is antithetical to that fought for at the Eureka Stockade. The L.C.P., in addition, is absolutely not a neo-liberal party and remains staunchly dedicated to traditional conservatism.

The L.C.P. generally forms coalitions with the Country Party, having absorbed most other conservative parties over the years, such as the Liberal Democrats and Commonwealth Conservative Alliance. The L.C.P. has only produced one Prime Minister, George Fuller, who held the position for just over 9 months before being ousted when the Country Party took over their coalition.

At the nation's inaugural 1923 Special Federal Election, the Liberal Union was led by William Watt, former Premier of Victoria. He is credited with salvaging the nation's conservative movement following the collapse of the Nationalist Party. Though it does not govern any state at present, the L.C.P. has done so in the past.

Current Seats: 4 (1.2%)

The Australic Justice Party (A.J.P. )
Transitional • Social Justice • Populism

The A.J.P., whilst in the past a distinctly centrist force, is presently an ostensible breakaway party of the Greens, following it's endorsement of two-time party defector (having defected first from the Greens to the I.S.P. and now planning to defect to the A.J.P.) Cm. Bridgette J. Chandler, Minister for Eastern Hamilton Urban Commune in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Should she fail to achieve electoral success, incumbent party leader Senator Catherine Goode will continue as leader, likely returning the party to the Centre-Right.

The Globalist Party of Australia (G.P.A. )
Moderate-Right • Wilsonian Globalism • Liberal Democracy

Ostensibly the sole pro-American party with federal appeal, the Globalist Party is a splinter liberal party advocating for globalism and free trade as opposed to the state policy of protectionism and autarky. Also in favour of increased relations with the United States, which places it within the absolute minority of parties and very likely contributes to its absolute minority in the polls. Led by Senator Wilson Hanlon.

The Australic Anti-Statist Alliance (A.A.A. )
Far-Right • Anti-Federalism • Anarchism

An alliance of convenience of both right-anarchists and avowed anti-Federalists wishing for either greater autonomy for states or the outright abolition of the Federal government altogether. AAA members elected to Parliament categorically refuse to fulfill any parliamentary duties as it is the hope of this party that refusing to do so will bring the entire system to a grinding halt. The party is technically led by it's sole Parliamentary member, Senator Jay Torquay.

The Communist Party of Australia (C.P.A. )
Far-Left • Marxism-Trotskyism • Communism

The CPA are the Federal representatives of the 5th International. A minor party with a small but diehard support base - enough to hold a senate seat or two each election - the CPA has endured all manner of controversies, conflict, and criticism to stubbornly survive in a nation already largely free of the bourgeoisie it and its parent organisation wishes to eradicate. It finds its greatest success in places with the closest proximity to capitalists - New Guinea, Fiji, and Western Australia. The Communist Party of Australia presently holds a single Senate seat, belonging to it's leader Michael Roberts.

The Federation Party of Australia (F.P.A. )
Moderate-Right • Constitutional Monarchism • Liberal Democracy

It advocates for the return of parts or all of the old constitution via referendum, citing various claims of illegitimacy towards the current constitution. The party was founded by dissatisfied conservatives and counterrevolutionaries following the meek performance of the LCP and its ilk in the 1926 Federal election; by the following election in 1929, it had nearly eclipsed the L.C.P. in popularity.

When the L.U.P. and C.P. coalition narrowly won the 1932 election, the F.P.A. was never approached to join government, being the L.U.P.'s rivals and with the C.S.D. providing enough support to achieve a comfortable majority. After the L.U.P.'s collapse, the C.P. still shunned the F.P.A., as its own agenda was in favour of the new constitution.

From an early position as a formidable conservative force, the F.P.A. has since lost a lot of relevance, as decades of referenda and elections have affirmed public support for retaining the current constitution, leaving the party ostensibly without a relevant platform. Nevertheless, there are always those who can't help but find themselves yearning for the Australia - and by extension Britannic Commonwealth - that never came home from the war.

The League for Islamic Socialism in Australia (L.I.S. )
Moderate-Left • Islamic Socialism • Social Democracy

The L.I.S. is the newest registered federal political party. Until recently, the Islamic vote was traditionally split between the four largest parties - mostly, as it would happen, the Christian Social Democracts, due to a shared philosophy of religious socialism. The L.I.S. has been formed, in part, to provide a more unified platform for Islamic Socialists, and to operate as a moderating force just as the C.S.D. has for almost a century. The party has nominated Cm. Tülin Hacıoğlu-Halıcı, the current Member for Toombul Urban Commune in Queensland and Party Adjunct to Media for the I.S.P., for the position of party leader - she has vowed to finish her term with the I.S.P. and officially accepted leadership on May 1°, should she be returned to her seat.

The A.E.I. will be open for queries regarding the electoral process and will forward such questions about individual parties' electoral agendas. Furthermore, updates and news regarding the election will be posted to this channel, as well as party agendas and analyses.

Additional information may also be found on the relevant intranet scripts.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:49 am
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 1

Current Polling - 3-Party-Preferred: ISP 37% (+1%) CP 35% (+1%) ALP 28% (-2%)

This day past was the first day of the official electoral season in the Commonwealth - the triennial season of civic duty - a markedly sacred time for the highly civically-minded Australic people, who trend far above the average for democratic participation and likewise languish low for political apathy. As a popular maxim states;

"In Australia, the weatherman holds a vote on tomorrow's forecast."

Technically true, as weather forecasters are organised under the Federal Consolidated Syndicate for Academics, but not entirely relevant to the ongoing Federal Election.

The (Insert Party) Manifesto

The leaders of the three main political parties contesting the forthcoming election have today each outlined the flashiest portions of their parties' electoral manifestos - the mandate with which a victorious party is bound to take with them into a term of governance. The Commonwealth is rather unique, insofar as a party's electoral manifesto is actually a legally binding document that can both restrict a governing party and provide it freedom from interference by the Federal Cabinet and Federal Consolidated Syndicates.

According to the Australic Constitution, it is a political party's election manifesto that grants them a mandate to legislate, as it is considered a contract to which the party's constituents have consented to. Of course, parties are not entirely bound to only pursue legislation within the scope of their mandate, but such legislation outside of this mandate subject to executive cabinet support or broad multipartisan support.

Should legislation exterior to a party's mandate not meet a Parliamentary threshold of 66% in favour, the Federal Cabinet may veto it. As such, non-manifesto legislation is generally negotiated with the cabinet, unless it is considered to have sufficient multipartisan support to pass in any case. If legislation is vetoed by the cabinet, the State Council may in turn veto the veto as it's mandate is supreme as it always represents an absolute majority and plurality of constituents. Similarly, if a piece of legislation's mandate is disputed, the State Council may settle said dispute.

Today's Rallies

From a grand public rally at the venerable Curtin Plaza Gardens in Fremantle Commune, the proverbial torch of the Industrial Socialist Party was passed from outgoing Party Chairman and Prime Minister Gene O'Caelleigh to incoming Chairman and prospective Prime Minister Harvey Troedel.

Together, and alongside Green Party leader Julianne Walker-Cosgrove, enunciated clearly were the I.S.P.'s flagship policy goals, should they retain government for a third consecutive term; the E.A.R.T.H. Manifesto:

Highlands Infrastructure

Together, the I.S.P. and the A.G.P. intend to continue the government's investment into environmentally sustainable energy:

• Including investment into the research and development of hydrogen and nuclear projects with emphasis on multilateral cooperation between the Commonwealth and it's allies.

• Including also the upgrading of existing hydroelectric systems to be more efficient and to preserve and repair affected river-dependant ecosystems.

• With particular emphasis on, additionally, refurbishing public infrastructure and vehicles to be more climate efficient to reduce reliance on artificial temperature control.

The I.S.P. and A.G.P. intend to initialise a concerted effort to expand the Commonwealth's cultural output:

• Through entering Australic cultural institutions and artists into international organisations and exhibitions such as the International Broadcasting Alliance

• Including increasing the capacity and autonomy of local institutions to nominate local artists for broader exhibition.

• With the intent to open the National Media Archives to allies for international syndication and publishing.

The I.S.P. and A.G.P. intend to prioritise the research and development into sustainable socialist technologies:

• Such as energy production as aforementioned.

• Including the further development of the National Syndicated Intranet and other computing technologies.

• With emphasis on increasing interconnectivity with our allies.

The I.S.P. and A.G.P. intend to continue the subsidisation of the Tourism and Hospitality industries:

• Including doubling-down on support of Australia's participation in international sports and other international events.

• Including exploring the hosting of a major competition domestically in the next term.

• Including further travel subsidies and mutual agreements to support the tourism and hospitality industries.

Highlands Infrastructure
The I.S.P. and A.G.P. have spearhead development in the New Guinea Territory for the past two terms, ensuring that citizens in New Guinea are provided a quality of life with parity to that of the rest of the nation - the US and Indonesia be damned. This is intended to be continued, with a major infrastructure project at the forefront:

• A versatile multimodal transport network to provide a major upgrade to ease of travel in the territory.

• With a focus on both minimizing the impact on the environment and maximising the investment in connected communities.

• With expedient and sufficient defence infrastructure to deter foreign incursions as a result of any perceived provocations.

In addition to further specifications regarding the flashing five-point EARTH plan and other minor policies, the remainder of the rally was fielded to the journalists, who wasted no time in pressing the outgoing Party Chairman on the corruption allegations regarding outgoing Party Treasurer Carlisle W. Spencer and recent high-profile party defections.

Whilst refusing to comment on the aforementioned allegations against Spencer, the Prime Minister had this to say regarding the latter matter;

"I bear no ill-will to those former members who have made the decision to break from the party and contest on a more independent platform. I'd rather work to build a consensus between willing partners - as we enjoy with the Greens and the Christian Social Democracts - than attempt to enforce a conformity of ideology within a hectic party congress; we're stronger that way, the Commonwealth has always functioned best under that doctrine."

In spite of these words, the ISP has neither confirmed nor denied any intent to continue the present coalition with the CSD that has allowed the ISP to lead a coalition government these past two terms. Nor have the CSD, LIS, or AJP made any public overtures - it's still very much the early days, however, and the smaller parties may simply be hedging their bets.

The Country Party, meeting as always at the Page Commons in Grafton, has declared an earnest contest to return to government. Opposition Leader Milo MacDhuibhshithe-Pearce outlined his plan to claim the Prime Minister position in a succinct speech;

"The Country Party was founded to represent those who get the job done. Those who mince meat, not words. Those who herd sheep and cattle, not backbenchers and bureaucrats. Those who value the simplicity in casting a vote, paying a tax, and seeing real change come back to the community. Those who look at the dams, the hospitals, and the schools, and can recognise the craftsmanship of honest, plain, and simple governance.

The Country Party is the states' party. The party that supports every community. Thus, I'll make but three promises to the people of the Commonwealth, should common sense see us into governance:

The South Island of Aotearoa-New Zealand will have it's choice to achieve statehood separate from the urbanised north. Us mainlanders have seen nothing but positive results from the creation of the rural states by this very party, and our fellow kiwis should be afforded the very same rights.

Our fellow Pacific Islanders, too, should be provided with opportunities in parity to the mainland. The Country Party will invest in establishing technical institutions in Fiji and Melanesia to train local experts, and in infrastructure and technology, to maximise the resource yield of our Commonwealth's expansive ocean territory, to the benefit of all, but particularly local communes.

Lastly, and most importantly, we'll return consistant, reliable, honest, faction-free governance to the people."

Whilst the successful referendum to grant statehood to Fiji and Melanesia was a key policy of the ISP going into the last election, the Country Party has seized on the opportunity and attention to the region to push for intense investment and resource exploration, perhaps in an attempt to gain a foothold on the traditional strongholds of the CSD, now possessing several more communes and thus greater electoral power.

The Labor Party has released it's initial manifesto following it's party congress in Adelaide Central Commune. The document, which is exhaustive, has no less than 356 points - one page tailored for each commune in the Commonwealth. As such, the entire manifesto will not be republished here, but a few key areas can be elucidated following a thorough peruse:

• Labor is pushing directly for a Commonwealth Inquiry into water quality, a position shared by the A.G.P. - whether or not this evidences an attempt to dislodge the Greens from the ISP caucus, it appears very likely that such an Inquiry is imminent given the multipartisan support.

• Labor is also backing a greater expansion of benefits and privileges for dual citizens, including greater commercial freedom. Whilst not outright advocating for foreign enterprise, such a move would not likely see support from either other major party, unless Labor can regain the support of the CSD.

• Labor seeks to expand the nation's capacity for international transport to other cities beyond Perth - earmarking Auckland, Darwin, and Suva as future international ports. Such a move would remove influence from the ISP heartland in Perth, which benefits greatly from the city's exclusive status as the sole international port for the nation.

We Haven't Heard the Word
The Christian Social Democracts remain the only major party yet to make any public presentation of their election manifesto. This has been speculated on to no end, but one possibility is that the CSD has yet to decide on which other party to enter into coalition with, or wishes to defer such a situation altogether.

Party Manifestos must be provided in full by day 15 of the election season, though most parties will have theirs fully available on day one to maximise readership. They may likewise be changed at will by parties until 15 days before election day, with exceptions for extenuating circumstances (such as natural disasters it war).

PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 7:47 am
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 5

Current Polling - 3-Party-Preferred: ISP 35% (-2%) CP 35% (0%) ALP 30% (+2%)

Election Spotlight: Southern Australia

Election Season has been in full swing in the Commonwealth for a full working week now; in the Labor heartland of Southern Australia, campaign posters adorn one in every three stobie poles with almost no exceptions - in some places three posters to one pole. Labor leader Donovan Smith, the Member for Marion Urban Commune, has begun his national campaign trail on the homefront, appearing with the 25 of his party peers who are, like him, contesting one of the 26 communal electorates in Southern Australia, as well as the Labor Party's Senate team.

In the last federal election, in 2022, Labor secured 9 of what was at the time the total of 23 electorates in the state, ahead of both the I.S.P. and Country Party, who claimed 5 and 6 respectively, but a slimmer margin than the last election, in which fomer Party Chairman and Prime Minister - and present State Councilor and Senator - Glen Seung ran afoul of electors and the C.S.D. alike.

The margin looks to remain slim, if not decrease further, as the redistricting undertaken by the A.E.I. in the wake of the statehood of Fiji and Melanesia has seen Southern Australia allotted 3 new communal electorates - all rural. The fiercest battle may not be, though, between Labor and it's dual rivals, but between the growing power of the Green Party and the stalwart Country Party. The Green's currently hold two electorates in Southern Australia, both urban, but have made it a prime directive to contest the Country Party's monopoly on rural voters. Whilst detractors belittle the Greens as little more than a tributary party to the I.S.P., one cannot ignore their increasing success at the polls in recent elections.

But what of the other electorate in Southern Australia? 9 and 6 plus five is 20, then with the Green's 2 it tallies to 22 - one short of the 23 total before the redistricting. The final electorate represents one quater of the remaining holdouts of the Liberal Commonwealth Party. If the Greens are to be considered the counterpart to the Country Party and an extension of the I.S.P. into the rural domain, then the L.C.P may provide an urban analog and subsidy to the Country Party. A conservative resurgence in the metropolitan area is highly unlikely - there is a reason the Country Party, the former second fiddle to a conservative majority government, turned the tables and subsumed the former conservative voting demographic - but stranger things have happened.

That being said, the L.C.P would need to field candidates in every electorate to make their grand sweeping return to grace, which they are not. L.C.P. aside, all aforementioned parties are contesting evey one of the 26 communes, as is the C.S.D. The L.I.S., Communist Party, and A.J.P. are fielding candidates in most electorates, whilst all registered parties are making a pass for the Senate in Southern Australia.

Polling - All Parties First Preference (Ex. New Guinea and Military): ISP 23% | ALP 22%| CP 22% | AGP 13% | CSD 8% | AJP 6% | LIS 4% | LCP 1% | ALL OTHER 1%

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 10:30 pm
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 7

Current Polling - 3-Party-Preferred: ISP 35% (-2%) CP 35% (0%) ALP 30% (+2%)

Week in Review: Week 1°

This Week in Review serves to highlight relevant current affairs and answer questions posited to the Australic Electoral Institute, to facilitate a better understanding of the Commonwealth's political functioning and culture. Below are articles with relevance to the ongoing election:

Australia Applies for Full Membership in the Democratic Socialist Assembly, Moves to Expand Overseas Territory; Election Season nearing end of 1° Week
February 2° 2025

The past week has seen a deluge of activity in Canberra Central Commune, as the governing coalition led by the Industrial Socialist Party has transitioned deftly from the Yule holiday break into overdrive, seeking to complete it's electoral agenda (and proactively lay the groundwork for their prospective next term of governance) before the caretaker period is ushered in on March 28°, one month before the forthcoming 2025 Federal Election. With the official Election Season nearing the end of it's 1° week, the three main parties remain on roughly even footing in the polls.

In what will likely be the federal government's last major directive before the election's end, Prime Minister Gene O'Caelleigh, the Cabinet, and the State Council have signed off on an official application for membership to the Democratic Socialist Assembly, near the one year anniversary of the Commonwealth's invitation to participate in the DSA's Football Federation and Comrades' Cup. Jamie Ho, the Federal Cabinet Minister for Culture, had this to say;

"The Commonwealth has seen great benefit from it's membership to the DSAFF; the expansion of our nation's cultural horizons, the increase in standing of our nation's athletes on the Delusic stage, and - above all else - our entrance into a community of ideological compāres: valued comrades and exemplars. As such, it would seem the natural and logical progression of things for the Commonwealth to expand it's immersion and cooperation in the DSA with this application for full membership."

The increase in multilateral cooperation that has been undertaken by the incumbent government has indeed been seen as it's greatest success in this current term; irregardless of the constitution of the governing coalition come May 1° - the first day of the next term of federal government - it would seem a certainty that Australia will continue to trend towards increased geopolitical activity in the coming years.

Such activity will inevitably necessitate an increase in the Commonwealth's physical presence within Delusia, the home region of the DSA. In such measure, the Commonwealth has authorised the Federal Consolidated Syndicate for Consulic Affairs to enter into negotiations to secure a lease of territory to the Commonwealth, to be administered as part of the Commonwealth's Overseas Territories. Federal Cabinet Minister for Consulic Affairs Alvin Reuben Cross has been personally dispatched to secure such a warrant of territory, in which will likely be his final major act as Cabinet Minister - Cz. Cross is due to retire with the forthcoming election.

Reaction within federal opposition to the move for greater integration into the DSA has been mixed. Whilst reaction from major parties has been minimal - attention is presently focused on primary election issues - statements have been released by both the Communist Party of Australia and the Globalist Party of Australia, in predictable opposition to one another. Senator Michael Roberts, of the CPA, stated as follows;

"The move to exponentially increase Australia's association and cooperation with such a wholly Marxist sphere as that of Delusia can do nothing but bolster the cause of global revolution in our own domain; greater ineluctable evidence for the inexorable match of history into the socialist age cannot be found beyond such, an indelible socialist truth of which surely the crumbling foundations of the capitalists and red fascists alike cannot hope to withstand in perpetuity - in truth and solidarity."

Whilst Senator Wilson Hanlon of the GPA responded in kind;

"We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this. Immortal are the words of Woodrow Wilson insofar as they ring true even to this day; that the government of this nation would sooner turn it's back on the world than attempt to enter into dialogue with our own global community, to which it has ascribed such insult and ignorant distorted perception in the kind of one that hates out of fear and fears the truth buried by hate."

Of the citizenry questioned regarding these recent actions by the government, the majority were simply excited for the potential expansion of the government's travel and tourism subsidy program, established for the DSAFF and earmarked for future expansion. Many were excited to make a return trip to Talamia, whilst others had only recently returned home after watching the nation's Europic Football team's outstanding performance in the Frost Cup.

Questions and Answers
The A.E.I. has received several questions from interested parties and other nations; further queries may be submitted here or via official telegram:

When are the elections for the Federal Syndicates and how are they different to the rest of the government?

The Federal Syndicates are not held to a rigid electoral cycle like Parliament - the electoral system they use differs substantially. To quote the official description;

Unlike the legislature... syndicates operate under a soviet (or council) democratic system of membership. All workers belong to a syndicate at a local level relevant to their occupation, and within their workplace (or equivalent) one worker is elected by their coworkers to be their delegate to their local syndicate and attend the syndic assemblies... A delegate may be recalled and replaced by their workplace at any time, unlike a parliamentarian, who has an electoral term.

Just as one delegate is sent to a local syndicate for each local workplace, each local syndicate sends a delegate to the relevant state syndicate, and the same occurs between the state and federal syndicates.

In short, there are no set elections for the Syndicates as any representative may be recalled and replaced at any time.

Why are there so many left-wing parties and few right-wing parties?

The Commonwealth has been a syndicalist nation for over a century, which has naturally led to it's political landscape (itself a reflection of the broader social landscape) to skew left, just as in most western liberal democracies the balance is tipped at least a portion to the right. The A.E.I. will soon release a political compass diagram which will illustrate the ideological spread of all parties, which superficially resembles those typical of western liberal democracies, but with the political centre in a different quadrant (lib-left as opposed to auth-right).

What's with the Country Party leader's name?

Milo MacDhuibhshithe-Pearce's name is actually a good example of two common Australic naming conventions. The first is the practice of Gaelicisation; many Australics, in the decades following the revolution, decided to reembrace their Gaelic heritage, which included de-anglifying their names. The anglic version of MacDhuibhshithe is McAfee, or less commonly Mahaffy (as was the case for Milo's ancestors).

The second is combination surnames. Simply put, it's very common for people to keep their own surnames upon marriage or civil union, and simply combine their surnames with a hyphen for any children they may have. Statistically, up to one fifth of all Australics have hyphenated surnames, most commonly the children of people from different cultural groups or ethnicities or of polygamous/complex (i.e. with step/half siblings) families.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 1:23 am
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 10

Current Polling - 3-Party-Preferred: ISP 33% (-2%) CP 34% (-1%) ALP 33% (+3%)

Major parties highlight defence plans

The ISP and Country Party have both pledged to expand the Commonwealth Navy and increase fortification in the Pacific this weekend, whilst Labor promises refurbishment but not expansion of the nation's fleet.

On Friday, at the General Congress of the Federal Consolidated Syndicate for Defence, the major parties spruiked their defence agendas. The most expansive proposal came from the Industrial Socialist Party, who announced their intentions to comission another capital ship, as well as an unspecified number of smaller ships, to further the Commonwealth's présence in the Pacific and protect against potential US-Bloc incursions or blockades. Dubbed the A.N.V. Sahul project, the ship has been alleged to employ cutting-edge military technology and the latest in sustainable energy generation - nuclear power. The construction of this ship, which would become the 100° ship in the Commonwealth Navy, would take at least five years as currently projected. This expansion would come in conjunction with greater fortification and military infrastructure in New Guinea. The ISP, at the last election, was successful with another naval expansion proposal, which has seen several new vessels comissioned - the most recent, the A.N.V. Guangdong just last month - and the creation of the fifth flotilla, the Distant Waters Flotilla.

The Country Party, meanwhile, has pledged to expand the Commonwealth Navy at the smaller end of the spectrum, with up to a dozen new smaller vessels, primarily dual purpose defence and survey vessels to support the party's proposed exploration of Pacific Ocean resources. It also pledged to create fortified off-shore rigs to create a fully interlinked defence network - a literal ocean border - along the perimeter of the Commonwealth's Pacific territory.

Labor presented a more moderate defence agenda, promising to refurbish existing vessels but neither proposing expansion of the fleet nor any increase in fortification in any area. Party Leader Donovan Smith stated;

"The Commonwealth Navy, particularly in it's cooperation with our allies in India and South Africa, is more than adequate quantitively to protect our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and I thusly would be more inclined to improve the quality of our vessels and by extension the quality of life for our hard-working naval personnel."

The Christian Social Democracts have continued their unusual radio silence into the 2° week of the election, though individual candidates have come out in support of both Labor and the Country Party's proposals. Whatever the case, it would seem that perhaps the ISP-CSD coalition is the least likely option going forward. The LIS, on the other hand, are the only minor party to have put forward a defence proposal; theirs proposes an increase in cooperation with our middle-eastern allies - such as Mevraq and Egypt - and a reorganisation of the provisional militia in New Guinea.

Polling - All Parties First Preference (Ex. New Guinea and Military): ISP 20% (-3%) | ALP 24% (+2%)| CP 23% (+1%) | AGP 12% (-1%) | CSD 7% (-1%) | AJP 7% (+1%) | LIS 4% | LCP 1% | CPA 1% (+<1%) | ALL OTHER <1%

PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 9:05 pm
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 20

With all parties having made their full declaration of electoral agendas, the A.E.I. has compiled a political compass to express the ideological climate of Australic federal politics. Whilst most political parties have remained ostensibly static from an ideological perspective, two major changes in the political climate have seen the Political Median shift slightly. The first of these is the single new federal party this election - the League for Islamic Socialism in Australia (marked as +LIS on the graph). The second is the polarity shift being undertaken by the Australic Justice Party (marked as AJP on the graph, with an arrow to show the major change in position) under its new prospective leader, two-time political turncoat Bridgette J. Chandler.


This past week's polling has suggested a further decline in support for the incumbent Industrial Socialist Party, now trailing behind both other major parties by several percent. This has been attributed in part to the continuing internal struggles the party is facing - nonetheleast being the two major breakaway factions now themselves trending upwards in the polls, the LIS and the reconstituted AJP. The Australic Green Party, meanwhile, has fared better than their larger ally, gaining somewhat this past week, to the detriment of their rivals, the Country Party. We may yet see a situation where David defeats Goliath.

Polling - All Parties First Preference (Ex. New Guinea and Military): ISP 19% (-1%) | ALP 24%| CP 22% (-1%) | AGP 13% (+1%) | CSD 7%| AJP 8% (+1%) | LIS 4% | LCP 1% | CPA 1%| ALL OTHER <1%

PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:42 am
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 30

Current Polling - 3-Party-Preferred: ISP 29% (-4%) CP 35% (+2%) ALP 36% (+3%)

Election Spotlight: The Christian Social Democracts and the League for Islamic Socialism in Australia

The newest party to enter into the nation's political landscape, the League for Islamic Socialism in Australia seeks to capture the legacy of strong minority parties in the Commonwealth and step out of the shadow of the venerable Christian Social Democracts.

From the L.I.S.' campaign centre in the heart of Toombul Commune, current seat of prospective party leader Tülin Hacıoğlu-Halıcı, a major drive is underway to encourage the many Islamic Australics to eschew the established political parties and unite behind a wholeheartedly Islamic Socialist platform. Despite the extensive involvement of Australic Muslims in the founding of the present-day Syndic Commonwealth, federal politics has long been a domain in which the sole direct religious influence has been exerted by the Christian Social Democracts, who have - for almost a century - represented the avowedly Christian element of the proletariat.

Whilst the Commonwealth is officially a secular nation, a century ago the vast majority of citizens were practicing Christians, and Christian Socialism a driving force behind the Revolution. The Christian Social Democracts were founded as a political party following the first elections of the Syndicalist Republic in 1923, with the intent to serve in a position of balance and unity in the new government. However, initially, the CSD caused a great deal of political strife, with a great number of sitting members of other parties defecting to the CSD due to their religious convictions, leaving the governing parties themselves unbalanced, fractured, and many crying foul at the involvement of organised religion in the government. This was further exacerbated by the CSD's support of the Country Party following the 1929 federal election, which was initially seen by many as a counterrevolutionary act. This particular crisis was solved by the pragmatic action of Country Party Prime Minister Earle Page, who very quickly established his government in the good graces of the revolution, but in a way the CSD was politically neutered going forward, finding itself obligated to fill the position of political balance it had been established to fulfill but able to do little else without risking either it's voter base or position in government.

Interestingly, aside from Christians, Australic Muslims have made up a large portion of the CSD's voter base in the past. This has changed in recent decades, as the CSD has lost ground to the other major parties as the primacy of organised religion in the lives of citizens has given way to the modern civic lifestyle. Perhaps, then, the statistically more devout (on average) Islamic demographic will take the dwindling of the CSD as an opportunity to bring the ideals of Islamic Socialism to the forefront, in much the same way the Chinese-Cantonese United Australic Party was able to champion the interests of Asiatic migrants in the midcentury with great success. In Cm. Hacıoğlu-Halıcı's own words;

"This league does not stand in the interest of interfering with the separation of church and state, nor does it seek to impose minority beliefs on a majority. We stand to bring the voices of Muslims and those of Islamic heritage in this country and the ideals of Islamic Socialism into the national dialogue, so that we can contribute to the conversation and further enrich the national consciousness, just as the many Islamic Australics have been doing at the communal level for a century or more. As a faith Islam, just as Christianity and the other faiths of the Commonwealth, provides it's adherents and the descendants of adherents with a sense of community and virtue that augments that of our syndicalist society, and provides perspectives that are invaluable to understanding how best to ensure that social progress includes the progression of our understanding and practice of spirituality. It is the will of Allah that we are all different as to grant these perspectives so that we may better understand each other and the universal truth and from this understanding bring about a more harmonic existence for all. "

Yet noted Atheist Political Scholar Martin M. Keighley disagrees with the legitimacy of religious parties such as the CSD and LIS;

"I worry that this trend towards the increase of a direct connection between religo-cutural affiliation and political affiliation risks causing long-term harm to the health of our nation's democracy, as but one facet of an overall decline towards identitarianism and identity politics which is most antithetical to the political culture that has guaranteed stability and progress for the Commonwealth. Historically, the divide caused by the Christian Social Democracts in the 1920s and 1930s was a catalyst for major political crisis and, I believe, the CSD has since only served as a scar - an unshakable memory - of the previous social order and at any moment may, like an old wound, reopen. They have existed only to serve as a weight upon the political conscious and to carry out some perceived 'moral oversight' which has realistically seen their members effect little in the way of meaningful action beyond simply acting as a brace to governing coalition numbers, wilfully depriving their communes of effective political representation. The trajectory of this 'ephemeral ecclesiary' can only go two ways over the next few decades; it can either continue it's inevitable decline in the face of social progress, or metastasize into an increasingly fractile array of identitarian cliques, such as the LIS, to the direct detriment of social cohesion."

In any case, the LIS faces a tough uphill battle to achieve meaningful representation in Federal Parliament. Whilst Muslims make up the largest religious demographic after Christians, the Muslim population is spread across the entirety of the Commonwealth, not existing anywhere as a majority. Even in the LIS centre of Toombul, Muslims and those of Arabic and Turkic heritage only hold the plurality, with no one religious or ethnic group holding a majority. Very nearby, in the Commune of Ithaca, Deputy Prime Minister Lorraine Fischer is contemplating the equally difficult task of staving off the continued decline of her party. Quite frankly, she made comment as such;

"The CSD has maintained a consistent position and message throughout our entire existence, and that is that we will always seek to bring stability to government and uphold the values and morals of our faith. I think that the CSD has done it's job very well, perhaps so much so that some people may take it for granted, how much faith helped to keep the peace and give our forefathers strength through the difficult times of the past century. But clearly, we need to do more. We need to be more vocal and communicative in speaking for the Christian community and we need to show that we're not just Christian for the sake of it, but that what we do relates back to the teachings of the Lord and that even today, being Christian does not mean being stuck in old ways or resistant to change, but rather being able to rely on your faith and community to overcome the challenges that come, together."

Polling - All Parties First Preference (Ex. New Guinea and Military): ISP 19% (-1%) | ALP 24%| CP 22% (-1%) | AGP 13% (+1%) | CSD 7%| AJP 8% (+1%) | LIS 4% | LCP 1% | CPA 1%| ALL OTHER <1%

PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2022 9:14 pm
by Syndic Australia


The Commonwealth of Syndic Australia
"An am fìrin a unsiač, nì Astrālēa adhartas - In truth and solidarity, Australia advances"

The Australic Electoral Institute (A.E.I.)
Election Coverage - Day 35

3-Party-Preferred: ALP 36% | ISP 30% (+1%) | CP 34% (-1%)

All: ALP 24% | CP 21% (-1%) |ISP 18% (-1%) | AGP 15% (+2%) | AJP 10% (+2%) | CSD 6% (-1%) | LIS 4% | CPA 1% | OTHER <1%

Questions and Answers
The A.E.I. has received some additional questions from interested parties, which will be answered below:

Seeing that the majority of political decisions are made at the communal level and by the syndicates, why is there even a Federal Parliament? Isn't it pretty much redundant?

Whilst it is true that the Federal Parliament has divested the majority of it's political power to the communes and syndicates - to be expected in an anarcho-syndiclist state - the Federal Parliament still serves an important function in the organisation of the Commonwealth, and as such is not redundant. In particular, it provides three basic functions that facilitate the organisation of the Commonwealth;

1. Federal Parliament provides the induvidual communes (of which there are 356) a democratic and representative assembly in which they can collectively orchestrate unified actions, such as creating nation-wide laws, undertaking large-scale infrastructure programs, and interfacing with international politics.

2. The Federal Parliament acts as a body of review and oversight to both the communes and state/territory government as well as the executive syndicates. In doing so, it acts as an integral check and balance against a potential imbalance of political power or other such forms of political corruption, and ensures that all laws passed by the communes and syndicates are appropriate and fair in accordance with the values and morals of society.

3. The Federal Parliament acts as an easily accessible and public facet for politics in the Commonwealth. Whilst all Australics are highly civically and politically literate, the Federal Parliament acts as a political nexus; all its actions are publically broadcast and discussed in plain detail and easily witnesses by the entire country. By contrast, local communal government is also highly transparent but inherently highly localised, and syndicate government can be highly technical and complex by nature.

As to why the Federal Parliament exists, it is a matter of history and revolutionary ideology:

The Federal Parliament is perhaps the largest remaining portion of the original structure of government of the Commonwealth as established at Federation in 1901, and survived the 1923 Revolution with minimal change. The reasoning behind it's survival into the modern day was and is largely ideological. In Australia, the dominant schools of socialist thought were De Leonism, Christian Socialism, and Fabianism. Whilst disparate in many regards, one of the core unifying tenets common to all three circulating schools was that of utilising the existing democratic institutions of the nation in the process of creating a socialist state, to varying degrees and ends. As such, the leadership of the revolution was vehemently opposed to the idea of the establishment of a dictatorship of the proletariat under a vanguard party, as effected by some contemporary Marxist-Leninist revolts; eminent thinkers of the time posited that to completely raze the existing structure and replace it with a new fabrication, as attempted by Marxist-Leninists, would inevitably lead to societal degeneration due to 'skipping the bloody steps' between capitalism and communism, as such a state would possess neither the requisite social nor technological foundation to facilitate it's own existence and thus inevitably back-slide into some form of authoritarian state.

As such, when revolution came to the Commonwealth, whilst it swept away the old order, the institutions themselves initially remained. In this case, it was not only a matter of ideology, but also of practicality; the revolutionaries had established an entente with the Australic Labor Party, who were the major opposition party within Federal Parliament and the chief Fabian organisation in the nation - being thus the representatives of the moderate faction within the revolution itself.

Whilst Federal Parliament underwent few changes in the immediate aftermath of the revolution and with the passage of the new Constitution of the Commonwealth, there were a few of note;

a) The newly established communes replaced the previous electorates as the constituencies of sitting members of Parliament.

b) The Federal Cabinet was no longer made up of sitting members of Parliament selected by the Prime Minister, but rather of the relevant leaders of the Federal Consolidated Syndicates.

c) Federal Parliament's legislative powers were restricted by the a new constitutional element - the electoral mandate - and could be subject to veto by the Federal Consolidated Syndicates in certain situations.

d) With the removal of the Anglic monarch as the Head of State of the Commonwealth, a new collective Head of State was established, to be comprised of an odd-number of leaders of parties within the Federal Senate so as to represent at least 66% of communes. This directorial body was to be known as the State Council, and granted the power to veto vetoes by the Federal Consolidated Syndicates and arbitrate other relevant non-constitutional disputes between the two branches.

In addition to these changes to the Federal Parliament, most of the remainder of the structure of government in the Commonwealth was radically reformed. This included the establishment of the communes within the constitution, the wholesale replacement of the executive branch of government with the syndicates, and the nationalisation and collectivisation of all industries.

With these changes, the originally highly centralised Commonwealth government was transformed into a highly-decentralised anarcho-syndicalist government, though the Federal Parliament retained enough of its function to facilitate the function of the Commonwealth as a federation.

Over successive generations, the Federal Parliament has divested legislative powers to both the syndicates and communes, when directed to do so by constitutional referendum. However, it still maintains exclusive power over some key areas, such as citizenship and immigration, as well as sharing concurrent powers with the Federal Consolidated Syndicates, such as international trade and relations. The Federal Parliament has also never been relieved of it's position as the supreme legislative body of the Commonwealth and, as such, it's laws are considered to override any passed by either the communes or syndicates, provided it's laws in question are passed in fidelity to the Constitution of the Commonwealth. In this capacity, all laws passed by the communes and syndicates must also pass through Parliament for review.

Why does every party have broad and sweeping agendas - where are the single-issue parties?
Whilst the campaigning and sweeping agendas espoused and platformed by the Commonwealth's political parties during the election may seem performative or overwrought, the truth to the matter is that such agendas are necessary to ensure that the incoming government has a sufficiently well-recorded and broad electoral mandate as to be able to effect their plans whilst in government. In accordance with the Constitution of the Commonwealth, should a party be elected to government, it is considered that their electoral agenda has been granted the democratic mandate by the majority of citizens and as such that any legislation stemming from such an agenda possesses this mandate. Any legislation that is found to fall outside the purview of a party's agenda is liable to veto by the Federal Consolidated Syndicates, though most legislation tabled to Federal Parliament that could be considered extra-mandatory is negotiated within the Federal Cabinet beforehand. The only exceptions to this veto are if either the State Council counters a veto, or the legislation in question is approved by an absolute majority of members (66% or more).

To this effect, single-issue parties are very uncommon in the Commonwealth. It is more common, thusly, for parties to nominate members as Party Adjuncts for particular issues or areas; these members are given the authority to campaign on specific issues and, should their party achieve governance, act as a liaisons between the Prime Minister and the relevant Cabinet Ministers. It is a commonly held belief in the Commonwealth that a lacking or biased mandate is reflective of a lacking or biased government.