No alternative candidate offered
Opposite a headline “Haines’ Energy Plan Backed”, Jamie Fisher writes that Helen Haines’ only contribution is “a niche interest in a Federal ICAC”.
Presumably Mr Fisher considers a divisive Religious Discrimination Bill and a parliamentary debate about excluding transgender people in some sports more urgent than stamping out corruption, or dealing with climate change and with it a systematic transition to alternative energy.
Without evidence, he is critical of
Helen Haines, but offers no alternative candidate or policies.
He demands a steady hand in our politically volatile world.
Does he mean Morrison, who has angered France, Biden, our Pacific Island neighbours, New Zealand, China, and most recently ASIO, which asked him to stop politicising diplomacy?
Or maybe he means Morrison’s Hawaiian selfies, his ukulele playing and his venture into hairdressing?
I migrated from Italy, then a country riddled with corruption; a country of insecure, exploitative working conditions; a country where education was the entrencher of privilege not Australia’s great equaliser; and where religion was cynically manipulated.
This is where Australia is heading, minus Italy’s respect for its artists, its teachers and its culture.
I will be voting for Helen Haines, a representative who has stood up for important issues, never once debasing herself by employing cheap abuse.
The difficulty will be who to put last.