What do politicians do all day?
What does your government do for you?
In Australia, this would make a good ABC TV slot at, say, weekly half hour at 8 pm with a radio transcript. The idea is that every Minister of the Crown takes a turn at explaining all the work being done by her/his portfolio to the public.
And at the end of it the Leader of the Opposition has his say summing up what is wrong what is right and what the opposition would do differently.
- The people would have a chance to realise the work of government, ad what is being done in their names. This might prevent the high incidence of informal voting.
- The government would have a chance of presenting what it is doing and defending it.
- At the next elections a wider range of policies would be open for the public to demand to see from both government and opposition, instead of the few that were presented.
- The people would see the members of government apart from the Leader
- A cheap program to produce.
- There are too many niche programs eg radio music, and this would be a program for everybody’
- It puts what is done on record.
- It is a far fuller account than would be given by government advertising on screen or by junk-mail. It is the government’s own account, not translated by journalists or opposing parties.
Few people could list all the government departments in their country. Here are the Federal Australian ministries, with Cabinet Ministers listed in bold, and Parliamentary Secretaries in italics. It does not include the State ministries, whch are almost as many.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water
Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs
Minister for Defence
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth
Minister for Education
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Finance and Deregulation (What about a Minister for Regulation?)
Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Health and Ageing
Minister for Housing
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Minister for Sport
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Minister for Resources and Energy
Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister for Sustainable Population
Minister for the Status of Women
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Trade
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services
Parliamentary Secretary for the Voluntary Sector
Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction
Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia
Special Minister of State
Disadvantages of this idea?