20 Aug 2017

The wheel of death, it keeps on giving!

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Based on an article by Chris Silvini, Townsville Bulletin

Hasn’t it been quite the spectacle watching our pollies take on the wheel of death lately?

One by one they bravely place their hand over their hearts, pledge allegiance to the flag and promise that they’re a citizen of Australia and Australia alone. And then, and then, they plummet to the ground, crash-landing on the growing pile below.

Then there’s the jaw-dropping juggling act of the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Well, it’s not really a plebiscite is it? I’m still a little bit confused about what exactly to call it. It’s like a sort of more of an informal chat, like popping in for a cup of tea and a scone with Gran to see what she thinks about stuff.

Mind you we already know what she thinks about stuff and it’s going to cost us $122 million!! You hear her say it again "$122 million". Then there's the age thing, can 16-year-olds join in? Yes, they can. Oh, wait … no, never mind.

You’d think it’d be comforting to know that we’re not the only country who seems to have flown over the cuckoo’s nest.
No, especially when it takes a clown of a world leader a couple of days to decide whether or not he should condemn actual real-life Nazi sympathisers; and even when he does he’s still a bit flaky about it.

If there’s one positive thing that’s come out of our Ministry of Madness of late, it’s the fact that the same-sex marriage debate has prompted a huge number of people — mostly young people — to add themselves to the electoral rolls.

Before the poll was announced the AEC estimated that more than 800,000 people weren’t on there, with around 300,000 of them aged 18 to 24.
For a long time our politicians have been concerned about how disengaged so many of us are from the political process. But can anyone really blame us?

The huge upsurge in people signing up to vote on SSM has shown that we’re actually interested in the issues, and when it comes to something we care about we will mobilise.

Maybe that’s what politicians are scared of. We might learn that we ourselves still have the power, not them!

What we don’t care about is the endless political point scoring. We’re sick of the “gotcha” mentality. We're sick of you blaming the other side of politics for problems that just need solutions.

Question time,ha,ha,ha.
Then there's way you weasel out of answering pretty simple questions, and when you trot out the same old speaking points to make it sound like you’re doing stuff when we all know you’ve made no progress on anything of importance.

I'm hoping that a plague of commonsense descends on the house or I'll be forced to listen to the National Anthem on a loop until I die.

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