How can our council secure international services, when we cant even hold onto domestic services?
Why do politicians ignore well qualified suggestions and advice, preferring to make up their own mind about what approach will work and what approach won’t work?
Why do politicians stand up and encourage support of the Dob in a Dealer Campaign when extensive evidence exists to strongly indicate that it simply can’t work? The answer is publicity! Politicians, committees, boards, councillors – you name it – are rarely wired for listening. Too often they believe that their purpose in life is to talk over interviewers and the public, and dream up solutions to the problems that they think we have. Implementing a solution is of less significance to them as long as the publicity campaign that surrounds it can be well managed – not that it’s always well managed.
News flash! Politicians are there to listen to what the experts and the broader community are telling them. We should know – we put them there! Firstly, ‘listen to the problem’. Secondly, ‘listen to the solution’. Only then should politicians draw on their vast organisational resources (Departments, QANGOs, $1m, etc.) and simply be an enabling force of public will.
Dobbing in a Dealer is really only a very small example of a very big issue. Other examples include the Adani coal project, Whisper Bay boat ramp, the sports field half way between somewhere and nowhere, building heights, people feeling safe and calm in their own streets and suburbs without having selfish and thoughtless people invade that calmness without consequence. Politicians are failing us because they’re trying to implement their own short term ideas.
Most social problems are caused because perpetrators are disenfranchised by politicians ignoring every sign of our collective social disappointment in them. Today’s child in detention is tomorrow’s binge drinker, drug misuser, unemployed, homeless. According to the Dob in a Dealer campaign we should go out, get them, and put them back in jail - again. Tony Bell Cannonvale