A Federal election is called, or at least should be called every three years. There are approximately 70,000 electors in the seat that we live in called "Bennelong".
Consider this as you reflect upon the fact that the vast majority of donations to political parties are from "special interests" like the Green movement, Big Businesses, and others. Now, let's say that the amount donated to a particular party is $2,000,000 a year - that would add up to $6,000,000 every three years. Let's also say that of that amount, $5,000,000 comes from special interests. That means they outweigh us monetarily by 5 to 1!
But there's 19 million of us all up - and probably about 10 million with an income. If even half of us coughed up just one solitary dollar every three years, we'd match the "special interests" at a stroke. Think if we had $1 a week taken out of our pay and donated to the party or candidate of our choice.
You'd have ended up donating just $52 a year. But it would endow the political system of our country with an almost incorruptible $1.56 billion (yes, billion!) dollars with which to contest every election. And, don't forget, we get to choose which party or which individual candidates get the money!
Maybe this should have been in "The Soap Box" but it's not a bad idea nonetheless.