Politi­cians with char­ac­ter — where are they now?

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

If politi­cians had checked on and then de­clared their cit­i­zen­ship as soon as a prob­lem was re­vealed, this farce could have been well and truly be­hind us (“Par­lia­men­tary Is­land”, 14/11).

The child­ish be­hav­iour of all politi­cians, es­pe­cially both lead­ers, leads me to de­spair that any in­di­vid­ual places the in­ter­est of Aus­tralia ahead of per­sonal in­ter­est.

I pray, with­out con­fi­dence, that out of this mess a leader will emerge be­cause the na­tion sorely needs a real leader. Per­haps politi­cians should hark back to Ben Chi­fley, who be­lieved that na­tion­al­is­ing the banks was in the best in­ter­est of Aus­tralia.

When warned that this pol­icy would lead to his de­feat, he re­fused to put self in­ter­est first and pushed on with the pro­posal.

Can you imag­ine any of our cur­rent politi­cians hav­ing this much char­ac­ter? John Kjeld­sen, Lake Al­bert

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