GETTING SICK AND TIRED of all the articles and TV ‘expert’ commentary about why more and more people are drifting away from the major political parties?
The elites of the major cities are almost in a panic that ‘ordinary people’ might make a decision on voting day that doesn’t put a #1 beside Bland 1 or Bland 2.
Ordinary people might be upset that:
- Politicians and business leaders on multi-million-dollar payouts who can wangle just five per cent tax on their lump sums and still hold a six-figure consultancy think it is fair to rip a vital $25 a week off your pensioner mum;
- Australia Post’s top bureaucrat gets $5.6 million a year, including a $1.2 million bonus for delivering worse service and ripping-off hard working and very averagely remunerated post office contractors;
- Inner cities get 5G mobile services while the bush gets 3G or none at all;
- Bureaucrats tell us to ‘download’ their latest flurry of forms, forgetting they have NBN while we get very dodgy internet across copper wire strung between trees. (And don’t mention the wireless or satnet which drops-out in windy or wet weather);
- It’s okay to clear trees for new suburbs, but not to grow food;
- We have to pay government charges rising much faster than inflation (electricity six times, year in year out), but if government has to pay us money back or as contractors, you get squeezed on price and wait months for money;
- Politicians get six months pay after they lose their seat ‘to transition back into the workforce’, but our seasonal workers have to wait eight weeks on no income to get Centrelink, even if laid-off due to drought, etc;
- An OH&S government advisor who flies in and out in a day back to their air-conditioned office says we should wear long pants and long sleeves to work in 35 degree heat (haven’t they heard of sun screen cream which we use as we wear shorts).
We could go on and on and on.
The real issue is that the wheeler-dealers, as politicians, business execs and the various lobbying politicos are, don’t value people who do real work.
They wheel their way into a deal (everything is a deal) with a flurry of instant expertise and convenient (to their argument) facts and deal their way, with a slight nod to ‘stakeholders’ to a solution that suits their immediate need.
Then they leave a cluster fluff for ordinary people to have to live and work with.
The wheeler-dealers have moved on to the next debacle requiring their important attention, while ordinary people have to clean up their last mess.
Examples are so populous from electricity pricing to Queensland Rail, hospital payrolls (what’s a few billion to sort that), live cattle export, water regulations and pricing, poor quality roads, defence land acquisition — how many does anyone need to beburdened with?
What the average Joe and Jolene who struggles away, day to day, really wants us a little respect as ordinary folk making their contribution to the family and country they love.
And spare us the standard political line about ‘hardworking families/Queenslanders/Australians’.
Just a little respect.
They could start with farmers.
Rather than being demonised for every sin, from killing the reef to opening holes in the ozone layer to poisoning children with chemicals, what about some balance giving respect to the people who provide the food and fibre every day through drought, flood, fire and dire financial straits so no Australian (and another 40 million people we export food to) goes hungry.
Just a little respect to the farm folk.
It only requires a little humility, common-sense and reality from the wheeler-dealers.