A party for voters to 'like'
IN THIS age of social media and immediacy, there's a new political party looking to give voters a greater say on every issue - at the click of a button.
With over 1000 members and an official party registration submitted, Flux is well on the way to making its first appearance at the next election.
The party catch cry is 'democracy reimagined' and its aim is to 'give every voter a direct and unique impact on politics' and to 'vote on policy that matters to you, not on false promises'.
According to party co-founder Nathan Spataro, "like" is probably the key word. Mr Spataro and Max Kaye decided they needed to "shake things up" in a bid to revolutionise Australian politics and formed the Flux political party at the end of last year.
"At the moment we have representative democracy where we elect people and those people go to Canberra and form government," Mr Spataro told news.com.au.
"That government proposes legislation and others decide on it and it becomes law. We have used this system for hundreds of years and we (at Flux) really feel this system is outdated
"We really do believe that it's time for a change. We believe there are better ways to do it. We have the technology now to make things better and to effect some serious positive change."
According to the party's website, Flux is a "layer for the redistribution of political power". When a Flux candidate is elected they don't decide on behalf of their members, the members decide through a vote which way their candidate should vote on an issue.
"Flux is still a mechanism for people to choose someone to give their political power to as a citizen. But rather than having a narrow band of choices that are prescribed by two major parties you can choose anyone that is a citizen and is a part of Flux," Mr Spataro explained.
"What that translates to is more engaged voters, people who really want to understand where their vote is going and the significance of that."
According to news.com.au, Mr Spataro also said Flux would make sure that if half its members opposed an issue and the other half supported it, then its elected members would vote accordingly. For example, if half of the party supported gay marriage and the other half didn't and they had two elected members, one would vote for it, the other would vote against it. Flux will also deal with any party regardless of its political views.
"It's absolutely open to all," Mr Spataro said. "Democracy is democracy. I may not agree with your party but it's not for us to disagree with your party. By the way we have organised it, every single party will get a position in Flux even the Liberal and Labor parties."