Grubby be­hav­iour

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

WHAT a dis­grace­ful week we have just wit­nessed from Can­berra.

The grubby back stab­bing to oust an elected Prime Min­is­ter, again. The cur­rent crop of politi­cians we have elected to look after the in­ter­ests of our coun­try have let us down again. I used to vote La­bor but dumped them when they sucked up to the Greens to en­sure they held a house ma­jor­ity, and I will not vote for them again for that rea­son.

Politi­cians in Aus­tralia are self in­dul­gent, con­sid­er­ing only them­selves and ways to main­tain their seats at the next elec­tion. Their skills in­clude:

Fail­ing to an­swer di­rect ques­tions

En­sur­ing they claim all pos­si­ble en­ti­tle­ments

Slag­ging each other dur­ing the farce they call ques­tion time

Stab­bing each other in the back to achieve their own aims

Putting off ma­jor projects that may im­pede their re-elec­tion and not prop­erly look­ing after coun­try and con­stituents.

The party with the most seats calls them­selves the gov­ern­ment while the other ma­jor party calls it­self the op­po­si­tion.

What a crock, all elected MPs are Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and are there­fore a mem­ber of the formed gov­ern­ment. One party how­ever does not hold enough seats to pass a bill or other mo­tion.

It’s time for change. It’s time to have all MPs act as voted, part of the sit­ting gov­ern­ment.

It’s time to in­sist that the house votes for the Prime Min­is­ter and not just the party hold­ing a ma­jor­ity of seats or, fail­ing that, the peo­ple vote for the PM.

In short they need to be held ac­count­able and maybe make some of them re­dun­dant.

Maybe it’s time to rid our­selves of state gov­ern­ment and have only fed­eral gov­ern­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment (shires) but this would need some re­or­gan­i­sa­tion.

— Lind­say Creighton,

Ju­bilee Pocket

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