The trouble with Australian politics these days is it has become vanillarised. There is little to distinguish policy or party. But more important than that, there is little distinguish soft leader from soft leader.
Unfortunately there seems to be an ambivalence towards making a a true difference. A difference that shapes identity and bridges the great divides. Racism, wealth and poverty, indigenous health, climate change and innovation.
Politics, it seems, is charged with the task of retaining the status quo while wrapping it in many colourful, yet transparent layers. Safety is the new currency of governance and leadership is scripted, not imagined.
Australia needs visionary, courageous individuals who don’t just speak on behalf of their party, but lead it. Julia had a right to overthrow Kevin. It’s politics. But even the “real Julia” is a carefully manicured campaign from the engine room. Tony is so scripted he should apply for NIDA. His off-the-cuff comments were conceived 3 months ago.
Tony, I’m not interested in hearing about the govts failed projects for the 100th time. I’m not stupid. I don’t need to be belted over the head to understand the potency of a poorly executed project. And I can decide for myself whether it’s enough to inform my vote on Saturday.
And Tony, the stimulus worked. Own it like the rest of us do. But Julia, turn off the Work Choices broken record. It isn’t coming back but you should know all too well that industrial relations is an ongoing and changing beast that will need reform from time to time.
And both of you…Boat people represent such a small number of illegal immigrants that the time spent debating it deflects debate on other more demanding issues like mental health care. And climate change, well, obviously there was an agreement not to make it an election issue, and…see above for all the other issues that have been silenced.
The too hard basket is overflowing this time ‘round. Epic fail J-Gilly and T-Rabbit. Vanilla belongs in milkshakes and toilet spray - not politics.