Debate too personal
WHAT has happened to what passes for political debate in this country and this state?
In all of my years of involvement in politics I have never known opposition to elected governments to be so vicious and so personal.
So we see commentators and coalit i on s upporters lampooning the Prime Minister and the Queensland Premier over their body shape, dress or voice.
We saw the disgraceful spectacle of radio jock Alan Jones displaying a total lack of respect for our PM.
I really don’t know what has happened to the feminists in our society who ought to be out there applauding the fact that we have females occupying these positions irrespective of their policies.
Feminists ought to be demanding that these leaders be judged not on their gender but on their performance.
No doubt the level to which coalition supporters stooped arises from the long-held view of members that they are the natural parties of government.
However, there has been an election and the Federal Government in Canberra is the one elected by the people.
Certainly neither the Liberals nor the Nationals have ever been able to govern in their own right but have to depend on each other to gain the numbers.
Why then should not Labor, Greens and the Independents vote together when their convictions are in line.
Can we then have debate about policy rather than l oud-mouth name calling from those who purport to hold a different view?
I have no doubt that the Prime Minister made an error in announcing a tax before any of the details have been agreed upon.
However the real debate ought to be about the need to deal with climate change or not and it would be helpful to hear the views of our local member on this important issue.
We deserve to know whether he believes climate change is real and whether or not he agrees with the opinion of Abbott that it is crap or Turnbull who agrees that it is a product of humankind. Please can we have a personal opinion and not that of the highest bidder. KEN McELLIGOTT, Riverside Gardens.
TARGET: PM Julia Gillard has been the victim of personal attacks rather than political debate