It’s a hid­den po­lit­i­cal agenda

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE is­sue of four- year terms for politi­cians has raised its ugly head again.

The politi­cians will tell us they need that time to im­ple­ment their poli­cies but know­ing politi­cians there is al­ways an ul­te­rior mo­tive which is that they are el­i­gi­ble for their huge su­per­an­nu­a­tion pay­outs and all the lurks and perks they get when leav­ing pub­lic of­fice which is only avail­able af­ter seven years in of­fice.

By hav­ing three- year terms they need to be elected three times to col­lect their pay­out. By hav­ing four- year terms they will only need to win two elec­tions to qual­ify.

How greedy can they be? The way the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are chang­ing so quickly th­ese days they don’t need four- year terms as they have trou­ble run­ning the coun­try for 20 min­utes.

If they are go­ing to open up the Con­sti­tu­tion for this then maybe it’s time to also phase out state gov­ern­ments which have out­lived their use­ful­ness.

In 1901 when it was formed vast dis­tances had to be trav­elled to at­tend Par­lia­ment ei­ther by horse or sea travel which took a long time so the states were formed to self- gov­ern them­selves. In this jet age any­body can be in any part of Aus­tralia to another in two hours or so. The money saved would be mon­strous.

Some cities in the world have more in­hab­i­tants than the whole of Aus­tralia and they don’t have seven gov­ern­ments, seven po­lice forces, seven health de­part­ments, seven traf­fic sys­tems ( li­cens­ing and reg­is­tra­tion). But we only have one pass­port. LEN BATES,


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