Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE has been a long­ing for this week­end’s fed­eral elec­tion stronger than al­most any I can re­mem­ber in scores of years. It seems to be not just about re­venge on cer­tain politi­cians and/or par­ties, or a fer­vent wish to elect ones that might best serve a per­son’s own in­ter­ests, but a de­sire for some­thing above all this - sta­bil­ity and strong govern­ment.

At last we get a chance to move be­yond the tu­mult and up­heaval that has be­set fed­eral pol­i­tics for at least six years now. The changes of prime min­is­ter­ship - sud­den, dra­matic - have made us look like a weak Euro­pean or Third World state, not a mod­ern na­tion with strong in­sti­tu­tions.

Pol­icy de­ci­sions that look ad hoc add to the im­pres­sion of in­sta­bil­ity, feed­ing through to the com­mu­nity and the econ­omy.

At last there is a chance to get away from the hung par­lia­ment - the de­scrip­tion alone speaks of a pre­car­i­ous in­sti­tu­tion and sit­u­a­tion. Strong govern­ment is vi­tal to the na­tion’s state of mind and hence its progress. Strong govern­ment is vi­tal be­fore we can be well-gov­erned, and wouldn’t we like that right now?

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