A guest post by John Lord.
I started to compile my own political wish list for 2013 and then thought it might be fun to ask others to add their thoughts. I could be accused of being biased and idealistic, however, I truly believe we can raise the political standards through social media. So how about some serious thinking and let’s see where it takes us? You can be seriously funny if you want but let’s keep it intelligent and in keeping with the need for a better political system in this great country.
These are mine.
- That Mr Abbott would stop walking out of press conferences when he is asked serious questions, or indeed, that more serious questions are asked of him.
- That as in the USA elections some ‘fact finder’ sites might emerge during our election year and expose any lies and misinformation.
- That the truth come out in the Ashby/Slipper case (and that the mainstream media encourage it) and that our democracy would be placed ahead of conspiratorial party politics.
- That the election will be a contest of policies and ideas and the means to implement them.
- That the electorate might awake from its malaise and see that this is a very important election for the future of Australia and that politics in some way or another affects their very being.
- That the fourth estate as the custodians of the public’s right to know might act responsibly and report fact and not just express biased opinion.
- That the media in general might make an attempt at balanced political news reporting.
- That the media might start questioning the Opposition about its policies without using the excuse that they have none. They have a policy for climate action for example: ssk them about the cost and how it will work.
- That the question of equality of marriage might again come before Parliament and Mr Abbott might give his party members the right to think for themselves.
- That the asylum debate might become a humane one and not remain the political football that it is.
- That Mr Abbott and his party address the Prime Minister with respect instead of continually saying ‘she’ or ‘her’ or other condescending remarks.
- That the Opposition stop lowering the standards expected in the House of Parliament.
- Other things on my mind are an Australian Republic, Gonski and the National Disability Scheme and whether we can afford them.
This is where I stop because I am interested in your thoughts.
Feel free to add to my list or comment on any of them.