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The decline in political standards is affecting Australia

Posted on: 24 February 2013

The decline in political standards is affecting Australia

Perhaps it’s just because I’m getting old and crotchety or are my observations are right that, in some parts of Australia, politics have declined so much they remind me of the gang warfare of the late twenties and early thirties that provided the basis of many films and TV series of which we were won’t to say: Only in America? Lest people think only State and Territory politics are concerned, the decline is as pronounced at the Federal level as it is at State and Territory level.

Much as politicians boast ad nauseum that Australia is one of the world’s leading democracies, perhaps it is fortunate it is far away from the rest of the world and so escapes closer scrutiny. Indeed many in Australia complain that the foreign media treats Australia with indifference. On the other hand perhaps this indifference serves us well because pictures of Australia as the benign democracy are seen infrequently in the foreign media.

The truth is, most of the pictures seen in the foreign media suggest Australia is a nation obsessed by sport. In fact many people today, young people in particular, are more familiar with men and women who run, swim, jump, play tennis, football of all kinds and golf because the media promotes national champions in sport as bronze Aussie heroes than they are of the politicians who control their future. On the second tier of Aussie heroes are celebrities whose main contribution to the community is gossip that, unfortunately, is often heeded.

When taking a close look at Australian society it seemed to me that the main focus in life for many Australians is the acquisition of fame and/or wealth. Sad to say in very many cases these objectives are achieved at the expense of honesty and integrity a conclusion better expressed by the title of the film written by, and starring American comedian W.C.Fields: ’never give a sucker an even break.’  For some Australians these words form the basis of their new religion: GREED.

Currently, a cohort of NSW Labor politicians, union powerbrokers, business people and the politician’s associated friends appear to have become the most zealous followers of that religion. Similar cohorts are rumoured to exist in other Parties. But for me the most noticeable change is how many politicians are no longer democrats but demagogues who, having donned the purple cloak of celebrity also see themselves as demigods.

Once upon a time the theme of male and female political candidates was their wish to serve the community. While their speeches still suggest this they now also subtly suggest that voters would be silly not to vote for them.   And if only to show the venality of many would be politicians, some turn down the offer of being a candidate unless assured of being elected.

Just as Labor, The Peoples Party, has lost its direction so, too, has the Liberal Party.  Both Parties are now much the same: Conservative. That said, perhaps the time is right for Labor and Liberals of conservative political bent to separate from their respective parties and set up a Conservative Party.

As for the Greens, where do they stand? I ask because, at every possible opportunity, they asseverate their dedication to the environment as if they were the only people who understood it. In other respects their philosophy is little different to Labor’s; a little more different than that of the Liberals; but far removed from that of the Conservatives.

Nonetheless it has something in common with the other parties. Despite its mooted allegiance to transparency, openness and honesty, like Labor and the Liberals, its policies are decided behind closed doors. Finally, behind those closed doors while policy is being decided, the question that occupies the closed mind of many participants is: how can I acquire Power, Position and Pelf, if possible?

As for the concerns of voters who just want politicians not to forget why they’ve been elected: they are honoured more in the breach than the observance.

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8 Responses to "The decline in political standards is affecting Australia"

Plus ca change

… plus ca reste pareil. Too true!

I’ve given up on the lot of them. When a few accidentally do something to “advance Australia fair”, the Australian public immediately objects to it.

What’s wrong with this country? We seem to be getting the politicians we deserve. For Heaven’s sake, wake up Australia! Do something! I’ve tried, but no-one listened. I admire Don Allan for persisting.

Unfortunately, while we probably deserve the politicians that we have, our flora and fauna certainly do not. Australia holds the world record for the elimination of native mammal species, and our native birds are rapidly following. Shouldn’t we be doing something about it? Who cares?

There is no doubt the majority of Australians have rightly lost confidence and respect for today’s crop of politicians.
My real concern is that this leaves a space for a group of Nutters to take government under the guise of a sensible alternative.
It’s not too extreme to say this is how Hitler started. As we currently see, a lot of damage can be done to the country in three years.

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