VOT­ING FOR OUR RE­GION

I’M SICK OF US GET­TING THE SHORT END OF THE STICK BE­CAUSE THE SUN­SHINE COAST TRA­DI­TION­ALLY HAS SAFE, CON­SER­VA­TIVE SEATS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASHLEY ROBIN­SON

Iam cur­rently on leave and thought I would share this with you from just three years ago. Noth­ing much has changed, which is pretty bloody sad – although if you be­lieve Fair­fax’s Ted O’brien and Fisher’s An­drew Wal­lace, they would dis­agree.

But the prob­lem isn’t those two. It is def­i­nitely their mas­ters.

So if some­thing bad hap­pens this elec­tion, we have the two ma­jor par­ties to blame and our­selves.

To­day is the end of a rather an­noy­ing few weeks lead­ing up to an elec­tion that in my view is the most unin­spir­ing po­lit­i­cal cam­paign by all par­ties in my vot­ing ca­reer.

That is just over four decades and I think this has been the most bor­ing yet en­light­en­ing elec­tion ever.

The bor­ing com­ment is self-ex­plana­tory. The en­light­en­ing part is a lit­tle deeper or, more to the point, deeper in the sense that it is a very, very shal­low bloody pool that they have all been play­ing in.

It has never been clearer to me that pol­i­tics th­ese days is mostly about fed­eral politi­cians keep­ing or get­ting a job rather than hard de­ci­sions and lead­er­ship.

It is about say­ing noth­ing but say­ing some­thing.

It is about nod­ding heads in agree­ment with who­ever is the most im­por­tant party per­son in the room and it is about trick­ing, deceiving or pan­der­ing to the vot­ers so they think they are get­ting some­thing bet­ter from the left side or right side of pol­i­tics.

Who is to blame for all this? Well, it’s a bit like the su­per­mar­ket du­op­oly. Sadly, we don’t have to look far: just into the mir­ror.

We are the prob­lem. Whether it be gulli­bil­ity or ap­a­thy, they both end in Y and that is prob­a­bly why.

My vot­ing up­bring­ing sprung from my dad

vot­ing for the Coun­try Party (Nationals), so I have voted that way all my life, apart from two ex­cep­tions.

I was ini­tially in­spired by Bob Hawke in the fed­eral elec­tion and Wayne Goss in the state elec­tion and voted for them as I thought I could see some­thing spe­cial in both of them.

I have to ad­mit, I did vote Greens a cou­ple of times when I couldn’t bring my­self to vote for Peter Slip­per. But most of the time, I have sucked it up and voted LNP.

So let me look at the two book­ends singing nearly the same tune this time around: Ted and An­drew Wal­lace.

I can­not bring my­self to crit­i­cise ei­ther one, to say they are read­ing out of the LNP play­book etc.

No I won’t say any of that. Just this ... as far as I am con­cerned, this is the LNP’S last chance with me in a fed­eral elec­tion.

If they are re-elected and we con­tinue to get two-fifths of bug­ger all be­cause we are safe seats, I am go­ing to look to­wards in­de­pen­dents, the other mob or any­thing that will turn this area into a mar­ginal elec­torate so we can max­imise the pork bar­relling at the next elec­tion.

Cur­rently, apart from a cou­ple of ex­cep­tions, we are an area that keeps tak­ing one for the team for the greater good of the na­tion.

Boys, if you get in – and with all due re­spect to your op­po­nents, I imag­ine you will – the ball is well and truly in your court.

Sure, be LNP but try putting Sun­shine Coast in front of those let­ters, not be­hind some­where.

Vote wisely to­day. But I am not sure what that means.

“... AS FAR AS I AM CON­CERNED, THIS IS THE LNP’S LAST CHANCE WITH ME IN A FED­ERAL ELEC­TION.”

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