One voter’s opinions on how our country really should be
Australians on both sides of the political spectrum are frustrated with politics at the moment. There is a feeling that we are represented by people who don’t have a clue about the people of Australia, let alone want to represent them. This is my (obviously left-leaning) expression of that frustration.
To the newly elected parliament,
First of all, I don’t want to hear the word mandate, not once. Nope, just don’t! An election win gives you a seat in parliament, it does not give you a mandate. You can’t know which of a myriad of reasons a person chose to vote for you (or against the other party) and those reasons are all going to be different.
Growth can’t continue indefinitely on a finite planet. Pretty simple really. Time to start figuring out how to run a country sustainably.
Jobs aren’t going to matter if we run out of food or water, or if your house is under the ocean.
Speaking of water, we don’t have enough as it is, we can’t afford to give it to Adani.
Still speaking of water, fix the water allocations for the Murray Darling.
Getting repetitive here, but maybe there are some crops we can’t afford to grow on such a dry continent.
Enough with the tax cuts for people who don’t need them. I don’t want another tax cut, I want my tax dollars well spent.
It does not mean subsidies for whatever it is fashionable to subsidise right now.
It also doesn’t mean tax breaks for the rich, or for big businesses.
There are good uses for subsidies: invest into jobs to replace coal.
House prices are too high, stop trying to make them go up. I’m not sure about axing negative gearing though — won’t that make rents go up?
How about public transport that is actually good enough to allow people to stop driving to work?
Maybe some investment in electric vehicles?
Scientists occasionally know stuff. Listen to your science advisors instead of thinking you could possibly know more than someone who does this stuff for a living.
Oh and those evil refugees you’ve got locked up, yeah not so much. Let them go and give them free counselling to try and undo the possibly permanent damage done to them by this unjustified incarceration.
Enough with the slagging in Parliament. What are you? A bunch of children? You disgust me. I can only imagine what my boss’s reaction would be if I insulted one of my colleagues.
Also enough with those crazy perks after you retire (get voted out). You can have superannuation contributions like normal people. I’ll even be generous and let you have 12% for your service to your country.
In service to your country, increase superannuation to 12%. Top up super accounts for low income earners. Split super between partners if one is earning substantially less so fewer women are retiring with little or no super.
Yours far more sincerely than you’ll ever be,
Disillusioned Australian Citizen