I recall a study that came out nearly a year ago, ranking countries by the strength of their democracy. This was before the whole carbon tax fiasco.
Norway has been ranked the world’s most democratic nation followed by Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.
France, Italy, Greece and Slovenia dropped from the “full democracies” category and are now considered “flawed democracies.”
The report also put the United States and the United Kingdom both near the bottom of the list of full democracies.
How would we fare now in a similar study? The biggest legislation ever to pass through Canberra, the carbon tax, has never been put to the Australian public, and is set to be introduced before the next election. It was explicitly ruled out, and the opposition to it is enormous. And the government is doing all it can so that the legislation cannot be repealed and we can never have a say on it. Julia Gillard now taunts these very people she’s blindsided by saying Tony Abbott has no intention of repealing it. Then throw in this sinister media inquiry.
I wouldn’t put us in the flawed democracy category just yet, but we are certainly sliding.