Karel has run for 5 elections, door-knocked continuously 3 days a week for 4 years in the Griffith federal electorate in Qld, in total 10,000s homes and given 1000s voters access to the People Decide voting system. Running in South Brisbane in the 2017 Qld State Election was the first election he had door-knocked most of the electorate. Putting in more effort than any candidate (possibly in history). He had such inspiring and in-depth conversations with nearly everyone he met and everyone agreed we need to start experimenting with a complete attempt to improve participation in politics because people are disillutioned with left/right politics.Read more
Established parties make it hard for independents and smaller parties.
As you know we do not give any preferences. We need you to give us a "1" and then you must number all the other boxes in order of your choice to make your vote valid. In most cases the chance for any independent or small party to get elected it based on increasing your base votes of "1" to a point where you are getting close to the established parties: Labor, LNP and The Greens. Then from that point Labor, LNP or The Greens need to preference you above the other established parties to give you a chance of getting elected. Labor, LNP and The Greens know this through and through, it is basic election maths. The system favours the estalished parties and they often pass laws and make decisions that make it even harder for independents and smaller parties to get elected. Recently, there has been a lot of this at Federal and State level. Having diverse voices, greater transparency and accountability is what makes democracy strong. People Decide is all about that. So it is sad when the established parties make decisions (through whatever process they do) that reduces this.
It just happened again. For the last 3 elections all the established parties have given Karel reasonably good preferences. The 2017 Qld State Election is the first election we are giving it a go and Karel is at the top of the ballot paper. The chance is still small but any independent or small party giving it a go should at least have a chance. The Greens have always given Karel "2", they changed it this election and put Labor ahead of Karel (and all the other independents). This decision effectively nukes any chance any independents have. It is really disappointing for diversity of voices and trying to change the existing system from what it is.
Please understand the importance of giving independents and smaller parties your first votes, because in the order you put the numbers on the ballot paper, the moment you put one of the established parties: Labor, LNP or The Greens ahead of an independent or smaller party, is the moment you have nuked the independent or small party's chance of getting elected.Read more
If People Decide was in Government, Australia would be the world leader for solutions to climate change
The vast majority of Australians believe climate change is real, that we should be a world leader in finding solutions, should not wait for other countries and should put in place more incentives for renewables(1).
Image what Australia would be like with People Decide?
We would a research, innovative and industrious nation in clean, green technology, creating jobs, making our education institutions sought far, people would be healthier and costs reduced, our environment would be cleaner and tourism increase. Overall, we would be richer economically and socially.Read more
People Decide ran two elections in 2016! Our vote keeps increasing. We now do more than the Government, you can see all the current federal, state bills and local impact assess-able developments relevant to you in one place - never been done before. Check out the Bill below (search for "media" under "Bills and results" on www.peopledecide.org.au), Rupert Murdoch will be able to buy all the media if this one gets through.
None of us, including Republican supporters want to live in a world where fear, false information, racism, xenophobia, sexism and bigotry are used, creating division, for personal gain. The outcome of the election encourages this. Secondly, people in a powerful position need to have a wise and considered temperament to make decisions that can affect the world.
For these reasons I, Karel Boele, Independent Candidate for South Brisbane and Griffith, believe the outcome of the election is a terrible thing for the world. I know some of you may have a different opinion but this is mine. I have written an impassioned opinion piece about this.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter! by Karel
Saturday 2nd July 2016
The final result is now in and we got 1.6%, we are happy with this because it reflects the time and energy we put in it.
In August we will fully migrate to our new voting system. You will need to reset your password the first time you log in to it. We have also set up a system status page so you can keep informed of maintenance windows on our voting system http://www.peopledecide.org.au/system-status.
Please tell us if you are interested in being a member of the People Decide party and/or volunteering prior to or at the next election, it would help us?
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Launch of our new voting system
You’re invited to help us change the world!
Yes, we know it sounds like a big call but this time it’s absolutely true; if our new participatory democracy system is taken up in Australia, the world will change, and for the better!Read more
Tuesday 5th April 2016
We are happy with our results from the Brisbane City Council Election. The mayoral results were good and expected, there were a couple of local booths we hoped to do better in, however it is generally representative of the work we put in, maybe we wrongly calculated the donkey vote from last time.
Karel got 5,195 votes for Mayor in Brisbane, the figure of People Decide is slightly higher because we didn't hand out how-to-vote cards which meant some people voted for Leon and Grigory but not Karel. We got close to 4% in booths we targeted and 2% where we ran a candidate.
Highlights include the ABC and Town Hall the mayoral debates, and interviews with People Decide candidates Karel, Leon and Grigory on 4ZZZ.
Snippet of the Town Hall mayoral debate
Interview of People Decide candidates on 4ZZZRead more
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Results are in!
Karel Boele got the highest independent vote in 15 years in South Brisbane 3.22% or 930 votes.
(snippet from ecq.qld.gov.au)
Anita Diamond in Indooroopilly got 1.85% or 490 votes for a first time which is very good.
(snippet from ecq.qld.gov.au)
We are keen for the next election.Read more
Tuesday 13th May 2014
Australian federal budget
The federal budget can be considered short-sighted, it uses the excuse of a "budget crisis" to cut expenses, but not look forward in the long-term at income, for example: a review of the tax system.
The budget also broke alot of promises, see a good infographic: on the promises vs budget measures.
We need an balanced budget but also a good social safety net.Read more