The Democratic Reform Alliance’s parliamentary strategy is simple and direct.
If the election produces a situation where the Democratic Reform Alliance or other minor parties working with the Democratic Reform Alliance hold the balance of power, the Democratic Reform Alliance will provide conditional support to the Government in relation to confidence motions and budget bills for the first 100 days of the Parliament.
In return the Democratic Reform Alliance will require the Government to introduce omnibus reform legislation at the first opportunity and to work with the Democratic Reform Alliance and the minor parties and independents to pass the reform measures within this period.
If the Government does not or cannot pass the reforming legislation within the 100 day period, the Democratic Reform Alliance will withdraw its support and will work with the minor parties to bring on a no-confidence motion, to vote against the budget, block Government legislation, and to force the Parliament to a joint sitting or double dissolution election as early as it can.
The new election campaign (from the Democratic Reform Alliance’s perspective) will be fought exclusively on the basis of the reform agenda in the hope that the increased focus on the need for transparency will result in an increased vote and the increased ability to negotiate the passage of key legislation in subsequent Parliaments.
The Democratic Reform Alliance will take this strategy to the election specifically declaring its intention to use of any balance of power influence to ensure its accountability and anti-corruption measures are legislated within the first 100 days of the life of the Parliament.
The clean-up of Australian politics is expected to take three short electoral cycles.