If I were selfish I’d say ‘No’.
The change of government will have no effect on me personally. I have the NBN, I have an education and I am not scraping the bottom of the barrel. I am in a heterosexual marriage so whether gays can marry or not will not change my marital status. I will be long gone before the effects of climate change fry the planet and create mass starvation, so it’s not an issue I need lose sleep over. My mortgage is small enough so any increase to interest rates will not force me out on the streets. I have retired from the Public Service so I have no fear of losing a job that I don’t need. Neither am I bothered whether there are increases to employer superannuation contributions or not.
I have no kids at school so the school kid’s bonus is a non-issue, as is after-school care. Simply, why care? Neither do I have children who work for one of the fast food chains that want to take away the penalty rates for their young slaves. It doesn’t change my life. And neither do I have a child who is an apprentice, so what apprentices get or don’t get shouldn’t interest me one iota.
I’m not an Indigenous Australian on welfare so my life won’t be turned into one of turmoil if income management programs are expanded to include my state.
It will be some years before I need aged care, so as it is in the distant future for myself I really needn’t be too concerned about those who require aged care now. It’s not my problem.
But guess what? I do care about all these issues because I care about other people, especially those who are in a less fortunate position than I am. So yes, I do care about who governs Australia. I only hope the new government cares about the people that I care about.
Time will tell.
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