I’M WITH Warren Entsch: politicians should ‘find their balls’ and get the vote on marriage equality done and dusted.
It’s a 100th order issue for the vast majority of people.
Now back to real issues.
Our landline is barely working, even for only a few hours a day since Cyclone Debbie, but we can’t get Telstra to fix it. Internet is hopeless and mobile is still patchy.
Communications in the bush is still very second rate compared to inner cities. Apart from a few mini towers, nothing is being done. Where are our MPs strong-arming the telcos to give us decent communication just because we aren’t metropolitan voters?
And other Cyclone Debbie fix-ups are still in the money debating/shuffling stage — from both governments and insurers. Where’s the pressure to get resolution with an early wet season predicted and cyclones potentially less than six months away?
And the China and Indonesia export trade in lots of agricultural commodities is being subject to some very variable import rules that seem either a matter of corruption (not being paid) or deliberate Asian-style divide-and-rule sellers policy. Where’s the Australian government taking a strong stand on that, or do we face another live cattle export situation?
And then we have the Queensland government in pre-election mode willing to dump anyone, farmers in particular, in the desperation to hold or win their marginal seats. Where’s the Federal and Opposition pressure on Premier Anna and her dirty election team?
And the list goes on.
So Warren, you were spot on — so many politicians like to talk around issues, but seemingly few have the balls or guts to deal with what affects everyday people.