Of course a major party will end up leading the country. They have the number and financial backing to suit their campaining and research.
Independants will normally back a major party by preferences but they will have clauses with them in there agreements ie we will support your party because of x, y, z but in order for us to let a,b,c pass through you must make sure xyz happens and that this about a & b must include/exclude this, that & the other.
No party will suit any of us 100% - hell even there own party members disagree amoungst themselves on certain issues. But at the end of the day who really wants to be sitting in the hot seat? what we know on 99% of issues is all propergander (sp?) be it for or against political decisions.
Advice is just that advice - one person / groups perception. Basically we all know that nearly every parlimentry decision is based on media attention to a subject and on advice from independant and government advisiors.
And at the end of the day hind sight is a wonderful thing and I think there are more than a handful of politicians who will go to their grave regretting a decision or two in their career.
None of us know everything that goes on in parliment and whilst I definately believe there is a lot of monkeying around and buck passing. there is also a lot of issues and decisions made that you nor I would want to have to make that will affect the direction of our country in coming days / weeks / months/ years / decades etc.
So who do you blame? government, personal agenda, media, public pressure.
Sure there have been some bloody terrible decisions made by parliment. but theres been some good ones too - but do we notice?
How much affect have independants had on government over the last term? who knows we may never know. Unless you have a particular interest in a topic ie the RU-486 debate, the Telstra sale etc. you wont know what affect independants have on the outcome of any decision.
Local council voting however - that should be abolished!
Just my 2c