we (australians) made a terrible mistake. and i don’t say this as a once-labor, now-greens voter. i don’t say this on the basis of any personal ideology. i say it on the basis of our current people-government dynamic. we voted in a party that treats us with genuine contempt. they refuse to give us the information we demand of them (see: refugees), they refuse to work within the guidelines we set for them (see: every part of the budget/medicare) and they refuse to right themselves when we tell them they’re off course (see: everything). they fail to meet every important KPI of democratic governance. they do not acknowledge us as their big boss. they barely acknowledge us at all, except to manage and cajole us with bullshit, as you would unruly offspring.
why are people so angry about medicare? is it because they’re communists? no. it’s because we’ve all said, again and again, that universal healthcare is important to us. we have said that universal healthcare is a bipartisan priority, and it is a societal marker that we all take some pride from. when you tell that to your government, it is the job of your government to make it so. it is the job of your government to realise and bring about the demands being placed upon it by its constituents. and it doesn’t matter which party you are… up to that point, the process is the same: everyone in country tells you to do something, you begin to do it. ideology comes in AFTER that, during the logistics stage. if you’re a filthy right winger, you kill all the homeless people to pay for it. if you’re a lefty, you tax everyone to pay for it. but no matter which side of the line you fall on, when your board of directors AKA the entire country tells you to do something, you fucking do it.
in australia, with our current government, ideology is stepping in too soon. it is acting as a noise gate. our government has an ideological focus on advancing the interests of the tiniest minority, and anyone outside of that particular grouping does not get a say. we exist only as obstacles to be sidestepped.
that is why we have made a mistake. we (and in this ‘we’ i reluctantly include the ignorant, racist, uninformed fucks who once LOVED TONY) don’t get a say with this lot, even on issues being universally protested. i don’t agree with the liberal agenda, but if there were some sense that national outcry could effect change within that agenda, i would not be gripped by this ambiguous fear. if there were some sense that national interest could in some way play a part in federal policy, i would not be gripped by this ambiguous fear. if there were some tiny sense that the government were actually there to govern the country and not raze it for profit, i would not be gripped by this ambiguous fear.
but as it stands, we’re at the mercy of administrators who cannot abide us. we’re in their way. our expectations are in their way. our demands are in their way. we have no power here.
part of me, quietly, says that it makes sense. the government treats us like fuckwits because its election proves that a majority of us are. a majority of our citizenry have no business making decisions for the country — that much is clear. but as people said to me on election night: welcome to democracy. welcome to democracy, abbott, hockey, PYNE (YOU FUCKING WORM), the rest of you. do your goddam job.
imagine if people had taken the time to THINK about electing a government with no clear policies. their main platform was: we’re not them.
imagine if our voting system was BETTER. imagine if you couldn’t register a name ballot. imagine if you had to fill out a questionnaire, and it only asked you questions about what you wanted. parties would nominate the answers that most-closely resembled their policies/ideologies and the vote would be distributed that way.
Q. How important do you think universal access to healthcare is?
- A: Very important
- B: Neutral
- C. Not important
that’s how you’d get your mandate.