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G R A N D V I S I O N.
Lot 249, Claremont Resort,
431 Park Ridge Road,
Park Ridge, Q. 4125.
Approximately 86,000 words. Copyright J.M.P.Cole, 2003.
This novel is a book of fiction. All characters and their thoughts and utterances are entirely fictitious and any
resemblance to any real person, whether alive or dead, is unintended and completely coincidental.
All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without approval
There is a tide in the affairs of men
which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
and we must take the current when it serves,
or lose our ventures.
William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar, 1V:3
The distortion of the democratic function in Australian politics because of party discipline was the very reason I
resigned from the Liberal Party and formed The Australian Democrats in 1977, demanding that an essential feature of
its structure be that every parliamentary member of the party should not only be entitled to vote but have a basic
obligation to vote either according to their conscience or for the interests of their constituents as they perceive them
after a sincere consensus seeking discussion with their colleagues.
Author Mike Cole's novel, GRAND VISION, will be criticised by the shallow-minded political commentators
of Canberra but will be welcomed by those thinking Australians who hold the old fashioned view that elected
politicians should dare to vote in accordance with the interests of those people who put them into parliament.
Founder of The Australian Democrats.
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I enjoyed Grand Vision by J.M.P.Cole, which I believe presents an interesting concept in political democracy. Mr.
Cole has a deep understanding of the Australian political scene and has tapped into the inequities of the party political
system. As an Independent State politician I agree with him that many politicians do not truly represent their
constituents but follow the party line.
omitted, all the voyage of their life