This poem is a rant about our political system and what I’ve seen and heard over the years. To be honest, I don’t know all that much about politics, it’s never been an area of fascination for me – I’ve tried watching parliament on the ABC, but I just found that dull and boring. Obviously I missed all the fun bits where they attack and belittle each other with dry wit and sarcasm!
And this in itself is something about Aussie Politics that makes me doubt the politicians we have elected. I mean, these people are meant to be running our country, we trust them with our lives, with our future and yet they behave like immature kids in the schoolyard! How can I trust these people to do a good job?! They are meant to be running the country, deciding what is good and right for Australia and the people who live here, not continually finding fault with each other and bickering like children!
Mostly, when it comes to Aussie Politics, I just feel abhorrence at the arrogance of these people who run our country and decide our future, who are so out of touch with the reality that the rest of Australia faces. I mean, how can they be in touch? They spend half their lives in Canberra which is not ordinary at all, they don’t hang out with us ordinary people and I suspect that most of them are on a wage that is significantly higher than the average ordinary person. Perhaps they should try living on an ordinary wage and see how far that gets them! Or try living on a disability pension or a carer’s pension.
And then there are all the extras they get. I wonder, do they have to pay fringe benefits tax? And the pension a retired P.M. gets, well I think that’s just disgusting. Why do we pay them so much? Do they actually do a good enough job that warrants paying them that much? Originally our politicians didn’t get paid at all, they did it because they loved this country and wanted it and its people to do well. Maybe that’s why our Aussie Pollies are such a sad bunch; perhaps if the wage was smaller, we’d actually be getting people in parliament who really did care and weren’t just after a lucrative retirement fund!
I know that this isn’t the case for all politicians. I know that there are many who do care and who are not in it for the money. I’m sure this is true but I don’t know who they are. And I’m sure that Gillard and Abbott and all the others are not that bad at all, it’s just that they do seem to be out of touch with the ordinary Aussies and it really does seem like there are things going on in Aussie Politics that are all about power and money, not about what is actually good for this country.
So I apologise in advance to any politicians who are not like this and who really do care about Australia and her people.
As I have said, this poem is a rant and is my opinion, not necessarily based on fact, just hearsay, media and rumour and my personal feelings.
One thing I do know and have noticed more and more as I’ve grown older (and hopefully wiser) is that voting is a responsibility, something to be taken seriously and not just a waste of my time. I have the responsibility of deciding who I will vote for, researching the policies and platforms of the different parties and deciding who I think will do the best job at running our country. And not just my future, but that of all Australians!
Voting at this election has sure been made a lot harder by the lack of good choices out there! I’m not happy with Labor, nor do I like Liberal, the Greens and I only really agree on the environment, the Nationals are a country Liberal Party and the DLP and CDP, the “Christian” parties are known for their infighting and stupidity which leaves me with Family First who is also making news by making unwise inflammatory comments, proving to the rest of Australia again why you don’t want to vote for these Christian nutters! And to top that all off, I am even more cynical of politics and politicians in 2010 than I was in 2007.
So who on earth do I vote for?!
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