Show me the policy
I admit that I am a sucker for politics. I have always been interested in how our country is run and the policies put in place to guide our country forward and the personalities taking us there.
I confess that I have always been an avid watcher of election coverage and one of my dreams is to host an election party sometime (if I could only find some like minded friends – anyone up for a virtual election party on September 7?)
I’m a very big fan of the ABC’s Antony Green – he’s THE man when it comes to all things election – and I’m very much looking forward to The Chaser and Gruen election specials who promise to cut through the crap and tell it like it is. Thank god!
Because it’s not like we’re getting the truth or even an element of the truth these days from our politicians. We don’t even have the luxury of enjoying proper policy debates anymore.
Yes, policy seems to be a rare commodity these days. I mean real policy, not the quick sound-bite slogans such as “stop the boats” which don’t really mean anything yet are spruiked ad nauseum in place of policy. Because apparently that’s more important these days.
I’m sick of the politicking on both sides and the scramble for the most centrist position possible in order to gain positive polling results in the hope that will actually matter come election day. It seems policy, true, visionary policy, has been the victim of the 24 hour newscycle and the quest for votes.
I can’t speak for you, but I just want to cut through the crap and clearly understand what each party stands for. I want to read through the spin and the political bias of many commentators and know what I will be voting for on polling day.
I can’t believe that we still do not know the economic position of the Coalition, despite their strong attacks on the government over their economic credentials. I am sick of the cheap political attacks such as Labor’s fear mongering about the Coalition and their “plans” to perhaps increase the GST rate.
I watched the leaders debate on Sunday night and just wanted to shake them both and yell in my best mother voice “just answer the question already!” Instead of real debate, all we got was more soundbites, evasion of difficult questions and carefully steered responses that allowed the leader to push their own repetitive barrel once again.
I came out not seeing a clear winner and, frankly, with many more questions than answers.
How are the Coalition going to afford the tax cuts they are proposing with a dwindling tax base and falling revenue? How is the government going to afford the NDIS and Gonski education reforms going forward?
Why can’t either side support marriage equality? Why can’t we look at asylum seeker policy in a less politically charged way and recognise these are real people fleeing real dangers?
Regardless of your political leanings (and in the interests of full disclosure I’m on the left), we should all try to understand where each party really stands on the issues that matter most to us. We certainly deserve greater policy discussion so we can understand how each side plans to govern and make an informed choice when we vote on September 7.
The ABC Australia Votes site has a policy summary for each major party which can help provide you with more information if required (without the spin of the parties or the bias of the newspapers). You can also check out their Vote Compass to see where you sit on the Australian political landscape. Again, in the interests of full disclosure I sit between Labor and the Greens – told you I was left leaning!
Are you as frustrated at the state of politics as I am? Do you want to shout “show me the policy!” to each leader, channeling your inner Cuba Gooding Jnr?
Would you be interested in having a virtual election party on the big night? Or am I going to be big dag, all on my own (as usual…!)
Daring to brave a political discussion as part of Jess’ IBOT linkup.