What is MiVote?
MiVote – Information Platform
MiVote is an information platform that presents you with a variety of perspectives on all major issues up for debate in the Australian Parliament and many others that affect our lives, via the MiVote App. The MiVote App enables you to make an informed, well rounded decision and have your say on where you want our country to go. Putting REAL change at your fingertips.
Where does the information come from?
MiVote employs an independent research team, free from political influence and bias. Our research team's job is to unpack each issue in a way that is easy to understand and accessible for all Australians. We point out the consequences of voting a particular way. This is done by breaking complex issues into what we call Frames. By doing this, each member can consider each frame and vote on its merits.
For example, a MiVote member could be supportive of widespread mining exploration AND marriage equality at the same time. The current system does not allow this individualistic alignment with specific policies. For more see MiVote vs The Current System.
MiVote – Political Movement
The vote you choose to make on the MiVote App defines the position of the MiVote Movement on each critical policy debate in the Australian Parliament. Unlike current political parties, we do not have a position on any issue until the majority of members have told us where they want Australia to go. We the people, together, will determine our future.
Genuine representation for the will of the people
MiVote is interested in the step that comes before writing legislation. MiVote wants to know where the majority of people want our legislation to take us.
Let’s take a sample issue:
Should the national approach to mining exploration stem from a commercial or environmental frame? What would each of these choices mean to Australia, jobs, the economy and our place in the world?
As a MiVote member, you get to vote for the frame that most accurately represents the direction that you would like Australia to head. See how voting works.
The case for MiVote
In 2006, the Australian Bureau of Statistics determined that
political movement membership represents 1.3% of the Australian adult population.
What about the other 98.7%?
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Genuine Democracy is dead
Genuine democracy died gradually, the victim of a thousand cuts. Representative democracy has been repeatedly harmed by corruption, corporate influence, media manipulation, ideological perversion, power of lobby groups, cronyism, erosion of transparency, and so much more until what we now live with is a shadow of its former self and a world away from its stated intention – to represent the will of the people. All the people. All the time. Australia requires visionary, competent and courageous leadership to turn things around. We believe that this level of leadership cannot exist in today’s political system. A system which has little to do with delivering the will of the people and more to do with power and partisanship.
The world has changed
Society today is unrecognisable from 50 years ago. Yet, we persist with a system of government hundreds of years old. We have attempted to give our voice to a system that has no capacity to use it effectively. Technology now provides a mechanism for what democracy has always demanded; that leaders who represent the community understand the desire of that community. MiVote is the only current political representative mechanism that allows members to contribute to every policy.
It’s time for us to change
The way we coexist needs to change. On one hand, we detest the direction the world is heading and yet we have been too afraid to make the difficult decisions required to change our course. We need a better, fairer and more valued system. Imagine a world where governing was genuinely reflective of the will of the people. We can build that world.
Why democracy fails today:
- Candidates and parties don’t ask, nor know what the constituents want on the majority of issues
- Candidates and parties are not held accountable for pre-election promises
- Candidates and parties approach each issue with ideological solutions
- Candidates and parties provide access to those most able to assist their election
- Constituents are unaware of the candidates’ positions on a variety of critical matters that will affect them
- Constituents are multi-dimensional. Parties are ideological. This results in constituents having to accept many things they do not agree with for the sake of a few things they support
- There is little or no recourse for dissatisfied or concerned constituents between election cycles
- Constituents are not appropriately educated about the issues pre-election
- Candidates and parties do not explain what their policies will mean in the long run and what will need to be compromised if their policies are adopted
- Candidates and parties are required to pander to the media in an adversarial rather than solutions oriented approach to decision making