Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

A CALL to all fed­eral politi­cians - please fo­cus on the im­por­tant is­sues. Stop be­ing dis­tracted by highly emo­tive top­ics that have lit­tle im­pact on the broader Aus­tralian com­mu­nity. Sure, asy­lum seek­ers, mar­riage equal­ity, wind tur­bines and politi­cians’ deca­dent spend­ing habits all have a place on the po­lit­i­cal agenda. But they don’t have a big im­pact on the day-to-day lives of av­er­age Aussie fam­i­lies. Isn’t it time we tack­led the big is­sues - eco­nomic sta­bil­ity, job cre­ation, im­proved health ser­vices and bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion. Shouldn’t we be look­ing at ways to pro­tect our way of life from an eco­nomic squeeze? The Com­mon­wealth's debt-to-GDP ra­tio hit 26 per cent in June ($430 bil­lion), the high­est since the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics be­gan keep­ing records nearly 30 years ago. Aus­tralia is headed for a roller­coaster ride over the next cou­ple of years and we need strong, in­tel­li­gent, pro­gres­sive lead­ers to guide us through the maze.

Rick Lee - Editor

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