Sunday 22 August 2010

Community and country above party politics - please

I just watched interviews with three people elected in yesterday’s federal election as independents. The three, along with maybe two others elected and not members of either major party, will determine which of the major parties forms the next Australian government.

The interviews I just watched were notable for there absence of BS, unlike the five weeks of the election campaign where BS ruled and community and country ran second and third to party ideology.

Could it be that we are seeing the end of party politics? I sincerely hope so. Parliaments should be about working together to ensure that local, national, and international interests are met. Parliaments should be about collaboration not competition. And the people who sit in our parliaments should be about enlightened self-interest, not self-interest or the interests of minority groups or those who provide financial donations.

I also hope that in my lifetime we will move to government ministers in Australia being the best of the people who have volunteered to serve rather than members of one party.

I would be very interested in your thoughts on these matters and look forward to hearing from you.

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