In providing a comment on reb’s seminal post A Message to Gillard: There is no Rational Argument Against Same Sex Marriage I mentioned that to a gay nephew of mine there was no political issue greater to him than having the right to marry another man. He will vote for the political party that promises and delivers that right.
He doesn’t focus about the issues that concern me. Neither does he focus on the issues that concern you. He takes a position on human rights (eg boat people or Indigenous issues) but he couldn’t care less if the Home Insulation scheme was a success or a dud. Or the BER for that matter. He sensibly doesn’t listen to the political bickering that goes back and forth between the major parties.
I respect his opinions. I also respect his conviction. And I admire his passion. I’ll never be able to fully share his sufferance yet he knows that I am trying my best to understand and until I can stand in his shoes I might as well be an ignorant outsider.
Neither can I truly appreciate how an Aborigine feels, or a refugee, or someone who has been standing on the dole queue for an eternity, or a single mother or an infirmed person. I’m sure none of them give a damn about whether the Home Insulation scheme was a resounding success or a failure. And they probably don’t give a damn about what the papers say as the media only skirts around important issues anyway.
I have found that many of the issues that are important to people go unheralded in today’s political and media environment. There is this unhealthy pretence that the majority needs satisfying (at the expense of the minorities). Everybody in power or within grasp of power wants to be a damn populist.
In a way I’m like my nephew, however I probably take an interest in a broad variety of issues, neither of which I have seen satisfactorily addressed. But if someone were to ask me what was the singular most important issue I expect from a government, any government, what would it be. I’d say Indigenous health. That is my big issue. Nobody else needs to understand why I place it an number one or how I think the way I do, but I’d like to think that my position will never be challenged, and nor will my nephew’s.
And nor will reb’s, Pip’s, Patricia’s, Min’s or Feral’s. We each have our own big issue.
So, dear reader, I ask you to share with us what your big issue is. What is the sole issue that directs your vote? What is the issue you keep that you feel is ignored in the political circus?
This is not a bashfest. It is your message to the politicians.