NOTE: The Neutral Voting Bloc has renamed itself to Flux and has a new site: voteflux.org. This site will remain up in an archived state.
We are passionate Australians who reject previous political options (ALP, LNP, Greens) as ineffective and fundamentally broken. We are keen to try new things, to innovate, to seek the moonshots that provide bold new solutions to existing problems. We prefer systems that produce good policy because they are designed to, instead of the old systems which try to produce good policy by demanding it. We prefer to build the future rather than letting it happen to us. Best of all, we only need to 1% of the primary vote to win 6 senate seats.
The Neutral Voting Bloc (NVB) is both a new political party, and a new option for Australia. The NVB is like a political app; it is a new way to interact with Parliament, both for other minor parties, and for voters. It is an unadulterated alternative to old-school "democracy". Most importantly, the NVB is more productive than our old system because it efficiently organises minor-parties through specialisation and trade. We apply economic reasoning to political situations to spur prosperity, productivity, and participation. Australia is the best place in the world to launch the NVB, because Group Voting Tickets provide the basis for economic comparison.
We believe that unsolved problems require new solutions, not quick rehashes of old policy. We believe that policy should come with good explanations and be able to withstand criticism more than any other policy. We don't see this happening in Australian Politics, and so have taken it upon ourselves to innovate, and provide the new option that Australia needs: The NVB.
We believe the best way to fix politics is to participate ourselves and provide that new option.
Will you be part of the 1% to launch governance 2.0?
The NVB uses the latest technology to provide an unparalleled voting experience. Voting takes place transparently and online via the immutable record stored in the premier blockchain. Once a vote is committed it is able to be seen by everyone and can never be changed. Delegative democracy is used as the foundation of a flexible voting system that never takes power away from the people.
Additionally, no permission or constitutional reform is required to get started. All we need is 550 members to register the party with the AEC.
The NVB does not discriminate, and has no policies of its own. Participation is open to every party and every Australian voter. The blockchain provides assurance that no party can manipulate or censor any vote. We understand that long term neutrality is more important than short term policy.
The NVB uses strong legal contracts to ensure elected candidates are unable to disrupt the integrity of the party so your voting entitlements are never taken away.
Like the idea? Why not come along to the meetup!
The Power of Game Theory
The NVB uses Economics and Game Theory to exploit the properties of Group Voting Tickets, giving candidates a high probability of being elected with as little as 1% of the primary vote. Many simulations have been done to obtain accurate predictions and these are incredibly encouraging. For example, in NSW, with 1% of the primary vote and 50% participation from other parties the NVB's candidate has an 85% chance of being elected.
Want to understand more? Read Max's blog post on the Senate Preference Hack
Reach 550 Members this year
Once we reach 550 potential members we can register with the AEC. This needs to be done at least 4 months before the election. The writs could be issued at any time, however, so time is of the essence.
If you're an Australian citizen and on the Electoral Roll and would consider becoming a founding member, please fill out this form.
Contest the 2016 Federal Election
The NVB will need at least one candidate in each of NSW, QLD, WA, SA, and VIC. For various reasons TAS is not as primed as these other states. If you'd consider running as a candidate please become a founding member and hold tight.
Candidates will be selected from NVB members in a democratic fashion. You can become a founding member by filling out this form.
Obtain Local Council Seats
To take on state and federal lower houses requires broad support for the NVB by most Australians. In order to help build participation and acceptance local council seats can help prove the NVB's efficacy on a small scale, as well as providing a broad testing environment for the development of the party.