By Michael Giles
IT’S hardly surprising that so many weirdos, misfits and self-interested types are finding their way into parliamentary seats and ultimately leadership in this country today.
A lot of it is down to the dysfunctional nature of our two-party system and the fact that very few people join as party members and are therefore available to be preselected.
We saw the unedifying outcome of that last week and little wonder that people turn off politics and politicians in their droves.
The issue that triggered the debacle, the lack of a national energy policy, remains a problem which can only be resolved on a bipartisan basis, with Labor beholden to the Greens and the Coalition so conflicted.
But self-interest will not allow that to happen and we’ll continue careering down the path to blackouts of third-world proportions.
Don’t get me wrong. We still live in an amazing country and one that is in reasonable shape from a lifestyle and economic point of view.
However, there are still some glaring issues of concern for the general community.
One of them is the fear that many young people, especially young couples, wthat they will never be able to own their own home and finally escape the rent trap.
There are various government policy settings that have driven the dream of home ownership out of the reach of many which need to be addressed starting with the impact of negative gearing.
Foreign warehousing of homes and units in Melbourne for example, to the point that many of them are left unoccupied for years, and a lack of funding for public housing are other issues of concern.
The lack of real wage growth, the falling standards in our education system and the failure to properly support and regulate immigration are others.
Political correctness and industrial relations protocols gone mad are also cruelling attempts at accountability in the workplace, impacting productivity in the public and private sectors and must also be addressed.
Having tried and failed to resolve these issues in an adversarial, party-political climate, there should now be a commitment to reaching bipartisan agreement on the most pressing of these problems for the good of Australia.
What’s the answer?
It could start with leaders who are prepared to put the community first.