Election campaign demonstrates sorry state of Australian politics

In the sea of ​​campaigning and campaigning, it’s easy to become disillusioned with Australia’s political landscape, writes Jane Salmon.

I am VERY interested in politics. Over the years, I have written about politics and spent many years as a publicist, paid and unpaid, for causes like foreign aid, forests, fighting whaling, fighting nuclear power, pollution , housing, affordable education, public transportation, health. research, media ownership concentration, AIDS research, particulate filtration, special needs education, NDIS, welfare, Aboriginal rights, #MeToo and refugees.

The last one has lasted about nine years and has involved a great deal of commitment, sacrifice and expense.

Approximately five of my acquaintances are local candidates in this election. Having been involved in election campaigns since the 1980s, there have been many campaigns. This has been mainly for the Greens and Labor. More recently, several independents have also attracted some support. As a caregiver, facing some of my own physical challenges, I have spent much of the last 15 years as a volunteer.

I live in a liberal heart for sure. You are destined to be rich to live here. If you’re not, you’re supposed to just get rid of it. Local MPs are certainly not going to help you. Australian audience members, 2GB and Sky News, comfortable and rusty, select the data that suits them.

They strut toward the booth in a defensive posture, determined to vote for what they believe to be the “common good” created from lower taxes, cronyism, corruption, greed, privatization of national assets purchased by low-income taxpayers, and postage of credits without acknowledging any counterargument or interest in the fate of their children and grandchildren.

They insist that we must continually rearm against whatever threat arms dealers and generals might conjure up. They seem happy to charge ordinary taxpayers triple the cost of public education for their private education. The right trickles from them. For most, there is also a generational and gender gap. Independents, for example, are dismissed as “mere” women.

The little old ladies who will be given stale porridge, their vaccinations late, kicked out of the ICU, short-staffed in the retirement village, and denied a nurse in the elderly care unit, they dare not realize that your private health insurance and postage credits are unlikely. to protect them. They still drag themselves and their zimmer frames into the booth to vote conservative.

Publicly owned assets provided by real taxpayers are whipped up at bargain prices for peers.

Some young rebels believe they have done something radical by voting for billions of dollars in mining subsidies through the United Australia Party. The fact that an individual like UAP funder Clive Palmer is allowed to host a party raises a lot of questions.

Every group indulges in some kind of blind thinking or denial. The Greens are too obsessed with drug decriminalization, northern river shit, administration, and navel gazing. Their fixations cost them a lot of votes. It is as arrogant as it is counterproductive.

Labor can’t look in the mirror for defence, democracy, draconian responses to ‘security’, refugees and attachment to the coal lobby. Pocket voting is everywhere. The lack of moral leadership from Labor in opposition has been truly worrying. Once you’re on your list of nation-building campaign sites, a never-ending flood of requests for donations is a given.

Independents courting liberal voters smugly walk a tightrope between their market gods and their conservationist credentials. Many do not prefer other candidates for either chamber, which can lead to unintended results. Kitchen cabinets can exaggerate their claims of consultation and community respect. Few dare offer a brighter world order.

However, there is much to learn about building grassroots teams from your campaigns. Thousands of us go to wave corflutes at dawn, flyer stations and houses, go to street meetings, knock on doors, advocate, donate, debate, attend candidate forums, zoom meetings and dream. Some host parties, movies, and pub events. Masks, hair, and hats have been dyed teal.

Sadly, gloomy Monday morning commuters seem certain there’s nothing humans can do to mitigate global warming.

After all this, when I see people lining up to vote in pre-election who clearly don’t know what the Senate is, it’s hard to avoid despair. Citizenship and enrollment should require civics classes. The other day, I came home and mentioned this to my 18-year-old son, who is clearly so out of touch, despite the mass of information being sent to him. He asked: “So how does it work, again mom?”

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The billionaires spent on these campaigns could help flood victims or build shelters.

Even the people who take their flyers reveal that they haven’t thought through their entire vote. And I’m not very happy with my sixth choice for the upper house, not that it matters.

This is the system that has delivered us to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Alexander Downer, Peter Dutton, Pauline Hanson and Prime Minister Scott Morrison and many more truly strange MPs.

Either we get rid of mandatory voting or we complicate it to the point where the zombie-watching mainstream media can only mess up their votes.

This week feels like the last time I crawled over to look or help. I despair for humanity and am simply disgusted with the insanity of many Australians.

Jane Salmon is a refugee advocate. You can follow her on Twitter @jsalmonupstream.

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