People in pyjamas, joking through the night, arguing about changes to the way we elect them, yelling at each other and quoting Monty Python.
These folk in Canberra get a minimum $200,000 a year to represent us.
It’s obvious that we are not getting value for money as they put self-interest before the nation’s wellbeing.
There are so many issues locally: water supply, refugees, CSG, public transport, employment, school funding and domestic violence are just the start. And what do Federal MPs decide is the most important issue for their last working day? Job security for politicians.
Our current member for McMillan has spoken twice in Parliament in three days.
Most recently he commended the investigation into Craig Thomson but prior to that he wasted the opportunity to advocate for us with a cheap shot at Greens who catch trains to the Latrobe Valley.
This is from a fellow who has a company car provided by our taxes.
Much of the Canberra chaos would be avoided by introducing fixed terms, as we have at state and municipal levels; elections should be an orderly process, not an opportunistic farce.
The electoral changes being introduced make sense but surely they need to be enacted after proper debate and only apply to future elections.
Like it or not, Ricky Muir and the other senators were elected for a six year term.
Premature removal has the taint of unfair dismissal along the lines of 1972 (Federally) and 1932 (NSW).
A double dissolution will still deliver a bunch of politicians into the Canberra bubble.
The only way to improve the quality of our representation is to elect people who more closely reflect our values.
The best way to achieve this is to join a party and actively participate in the development of policy and pre-selection of candidates.
All the major parties have active branches in Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
If we want to end the age of entitlement in Canberra we need to actively participate in politics.
Geoff Ellis, Wattle Bank.