So, someone with a little life and vim to them (and, to be fair, slightly barking) manages to get elected as a politician in Oz. All the other politicians call for a change in the rules:
The result has led to calls to change the electoral rules, which allow parties to win the seats with as little as 0.2 per cent of the vote – or 1,908 votes – in the case of the Australian Sports Party. Another small party, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, is likely to win with just 0.5 per cent of the vote.
Parties running for the 76-member state-based Senate can “harvest” their votes and do numerous deals with other parties to swap unused votes. The complex system has even led to the emergence of a consultant, Glenn Druery, a skilled mathematician and political operative, who works for small parties to cobble together backroom vote swap deals.
Critics say the registration fees should be increased to stop small parties from running or that parties should only be allowed to swap votes with a limited number of other parties.
The point about democracy is that if you manage to get elected you are by definition suitable to be elected. It’s not a privilege that should be reserved for the right sort of people.