ABOUT FLUX / ANSWERS
Frequently asked questions
- What does the Flux party stand for?
- What is Issue-Based Direct Democracy?
- How will Flux & IBDD improve politics?
- Does Flux have a platform?
- Why do I need Flux; I already have a representative?
- How will it be implemented in a practical way?
- What are Liquidity Tokens? Flux points?
- How do you prevent vote trading from being manipulated or corrupted?
- Where do you provide attribution for creative common licensed works?
- Is your voting system the same as direct democracy?
- How are candidates selected?
- Where is the Flux constitution?
- When was party registration finalized?
- Is membership free?
- Can I still sign up if I'm a member of another political party?
- Are membership details confidential?
- How can I revoke my membership?
- Where is my member details page?
- How do I become a volunteer?
- How do you prevent people voting more than once on the Flux app?
- When can I download the app?
- Why is it called Flux?
- Why do you believe “Politics is Broken”?
What does the Flux party stand for?
Flux is a political movement promoting a new system of democracy called ‘Issue Based Direct Democracy’ (IBDD) which enables voters to influence how an elected Flux representative will vote on legislation in Parliament.
What is Issue-Based Direct Democracy?
It’s an upgrade to democracy and is grounded in the principle that the voting public, given time, can do better than elected officials at creating good policy. IBDD has three main aspects:
- Voters get to have a say on any issues they want to, but can abstain from voting if they don’t want to;
- Instead of voting directly, voters can choose to delegate their vote to someone else - like a specialist, politician or just a trusted friend; and
- Voters can assign priority to the issues most important to them.
How will Flux & IBDD improve politics?
By incentivising two core behaviours from parties & voters:
- Sourcing & promoting good legislation to bring before Parliament: and
- Removing bad legislation as efficiently as possible.
Does Flux have a platform?
Yes and no. We do have a platform of parliamentary reform, and we deliberately do not have any other platforms. We only seek to change the way decisions are made, not to actually make the decisions ourselves. The vision of Flux is not to be the source of new policy. The vision is to help the best policy be written.
Why do I need Flux; I already have a representative?
While some representatives are good, none are good enough to represent everyone in their electorate. Too often people's concerns are ignored because their representative has different views to them. Flux believes nobody should be cut off from democracy just because they disagree with their representative.
How will it be implemented in a practical way?
Flux will use a smartphone app to allow all registered voters to participate on the legislation before Parliament. When a bill comes before parliament, the bill also gets uploaded to the flux app. Any time before the vote in parliament, you can decide how you want to vote on that issue using the app. When the time comes: If you have voted one way or the other, your vote gets allocated as you voted If you didn’t vote, but you have selected a delegate in the Flux app, and they voted on the issue, your vote gets added to theirs If you didn’t vote, and you don’t have a delegate (or you do, but they didn’t vote) you are rewarded with Flux points (also referred to as Liquidity Tokens in our white paper). You can use these points to add to your votes in future issues.
What are Liquidity Tokens? Flux points?
We don’t want everyone to vote on every issue - we want people to vote on the issues they know about and care about. So if you choose to abstain, you are rewarded with Flux points, which give you more “oomph” on a future vote. If you preserve your voting energy (tokens/points), your vote can carry more weight in the issues you really care about! Don’t try and save too much though - Flux points lose their value over time. We want you to only vote on the issues that matter to you - but you do have to vote (or delegate) at some point!
How do you prevent vote trading from being manipulated or corrupted?
Don’t think of it as trading in the conventional sense - no money is exchanged in this process. It’s just a mechanism to allow people to identify and prioritise the issues which matter to them. If everyone has to vote on every issue, it introduces the risk that people will not take the issues seriously. But by allowing people to “save” & “trade” their votes, issues get voted on by those who are affected the most. This allows voters to focus their attention on the topics most important to them. We also hope this will increase participation in and discussion of politics in our society, since a voter will want to know about the decisions before voting, so they don’t risk wasting their vote on something not important to them.
Where do you provide attribution for creative common licensed works?
Is your voting system the same as direct democracy?
No. Although there are similarities, they are philosophically very different. The main practical differences are:
- Swapping votes is allowed
- Saving 'political capital' over time is allowed
- Some similarities are: conservation of votes and distributing uniformly over the population. 'Conservation of votes' is said in the same way we'd talk about 'conservation of energy' => they cannot be created or destroyed, so the number of votes before trading is always equal to the number of votes after trading, regardless of what went on in the middle.
How are candidates selected?
Where is the Flux constitution?
When was party registration finalized?
March 29th 2016; an extremely quick application time of 2 months and 2 days.
Is membership free?
Yes. Membership is free forever. We don't believe charging a membership fee is necessary, and are working on other methods of funding to ensure we can provide open access to democracy to as many people as possible.
Can I still sign up if I'm a member of another political party?
Yes! There's no law preventing you from being a member of multiple parties. Federally, the AEC is specific in their membership eligibility criterion for non-parliamentary parties: "at least 500 members who are on the Commonwealth electoral roll and who are not also relied upon by another party for registration purposes." Some other states have stricter criteria (such as Victoria) which prevent us using anyone who is a member of another party as a supporting member for our registration.
That said, we do ask you let us know if you're a member of another party so you we can exclude you from certain registration proceedures or membership audits.
Are membership details confidential?
Yes. Membership details will be exclusively used for party business, and never sold or willfully disclosed. Access to relevant private details of members is granted to the respective registered officers of the Federal and state branches for the purposes of registration only. Access to contact details, first names, suburbs, and postcodes is granted to members of Steering Committees responsible for communication with members. Addtionally Max has access to the full membership database as he administers it. Registered officers can be found on the respective party lists maintained by all electoral commissions.
How can I revoke my membership?
You can revoke your membership in the members app (link at the top right of the page). To do this, navigate to Menu > Your Profile > Revoke your Membership or click this direct link. If you need to log in, you can do so here.
As per the constitution, you cannot revoke your membership via email.
Where is my member details page?
Your member details link is sent to you when you first sign up. If you need it to be sent again, you can do so here.
How do I become a volunteer?
Please either tick the box on your member details page, or put your email in to this page, you'll then be sent further instructions :). Most of the volunteer coordination happens via our community forums.
How do you prevent people voting more than once on the Flux app?
We validate every participant against the electoral role before we start giving them votes. Additionally, all votes are public so if someone were to try and vote twice it would be immediately obvious and can just be ignored by auditors. Since auditing software will be publicly available, anyone can audit and verify the result of any issue that goes through the Flux system.
When can I download the app?
The main app is still being developed. The core function is complete, with multiple stress tests demonstrating that the blockchain can handle votes far larger than Flux will ever realistically have to handle. The user interface and in-app security measures are still being implemented. The app development is (and will be) a long term project. Our code is hosted on Github (Flux & Secure Vote) and is open for review, comment and contributions. In the event of a candidate being elected, a simple version of the app will be expedited and released prior to voting on the first bill of the new parliament.
Why is it called Flux?
Flux means ‘a state of constant change’. Instead of locking in your policies and preferences once every three to four years, Flux lets you decide and re-decide on the fly. Also, we think it’s short, catchy and pretty cool!
Why do you believe “Politics is Broken”?
We believe politicians get into politics because they want to do good, and make society a better place. However, no matter how good a politician’s intentions and ethics, they can’t make any changes if they don’t get elected. This means that the primary goal for a politician - no matter what side of the left/right divide - is always to get elected, and then re-elected. As a result, we see promises that can’t be kept, donations from businesses and lobby groups, and scoring political points getting in the way of passing good laws. We believe democracy can be better.