The Flux Party will be entering the student political landscape at the University of Canberra.
Flux is a political movement which began in Australia with the hope of replacing the current system with issue-based direct democracy.
UC Flux President, Andrew Goodman claims Flux is “realistic alternative to a revolution.”
“Flux is a political party, it’s also a technology and an ideology,” said Goodman.
“It’s a movement, it’s about change.”
Last year, Flux entered a ticket in the federal election for the senate and received just over 20,000 votes nationally.
The party itself, encourages people from all political parties to join in order to be representative of the population.
Goodman, who also founded the UC division of the party, first became interested in politics after the 2016 US election.
“If you were a young person watching the US election you would mainly think that it was just ridiculous. You’ve got two candidates who really weren’t that great. I would say that is the main thing that got me drawn in,” he said.
“I thought was there an alternative because I think basically you can’t have effective change. Well you can have effective change but it takes a long time, it takes too long.”
Flux works by allowing their members to vote anonymously via an app on issues they care about, for example euthanasia and same-sex marriage. The idea being, that a Flux member of parliament would vote according to the majority.
Whilst this begs a number of questions about potential trolls and bots, Goodman said Flux claims its software is “virtually unhackable.”
“One of the cool, innovative things about it is that it is based on this block chain technology which is the same thing they use to make crypto currencies and new technology,” he said.
However, people can also trade votes and give them to so-called experts in the relative field, something which UC Liberal President, Jayden Payne believes is problematic.
“With this you face all kinds of potential issues. You have the potential for a very small number of people to be exercising exponential weight on any given outcome due to their stored political capital from traded votes,” said Payne.
“In circumstances of small parliamentary majorities hung parliaments we could see a very small number of anonymous and unaccountable individuals with the power to decide issues that affect the entire population.”
Payne also referred to the lack of policy from the party.
“The novelty of Flux is that they have no platform of their own. They as a party are not socially progressive or socially conservative. They as a party are not economically left or right,” he said.
“You can’t disagree with a party if that party doesn’t stand for anything. That is why Flux might appeal to people from all sides of politics, because you can’t disagree with them on policy.”
In spite of his views, Payne said he is happy for Flux to enter the UC political landscape.
“Personally I’m glad to see more political engagement at UC, we are a comparatively politically apathetic university,” he said.
“That the crew behind Flux at UC feel strongly enough in their convictions to give it a go is a good sign in that regard, despite my disagreements with them.”