Oh for a government who didn’t spend all their time finding reasons not to:
Bring sick children on Nauru to Australia to get medical help
Resettle refugees in New Zealand (or prior to that, Malaysia) or…let’s make this easy and cheap and only fair….here
Invest in renewable energy
Protect water security, the water table and environmental flow
Stop habitat destruction and land degradation through rampant land-clearing
Protect the Great Barrier Reef
Increase Newstart and Youth Allowance
Increase the Superannuation Guarantee
Increase the minimum wage
Make big companies pay tax
Wind back overly generous tax concessions for property, family trusts, superannuation, self-education expenses (read overseas holiday), cost of managing financial affairs, business use of cars, excess franking credits etc
Give Indigenous people a voice in their own affairs
Celebrate Australia Day on another date
End discrimination based on sexuality and actually accept and love people for who they are
Take affirmative action to promote women to leadership roles
Fund public schools and hospitals
Make early childhood education accessible to all
Invest in public transport
Provide affordable housing
Legislate mandatory qualified staffing levels in aged care facilities.
Build the infrastructure for electric cars
Encourage union membership and the protection and collective voice it gives workers when negotiating with employers
Separate church from state
Allow people to choose to die with dignity
Legalise pregnancy terminations
Tax religious organisations on their profitable businesses and place conditions and accountability on any public money given to religious organisations
Fund community groups who help the disadvantaged
Embrace multiculturalism and avoid racial profiling
Increase foreign aid
Increase the public service rather than outsourcing and offshoring
Decrease spending on defence materiel that will be outdated before it arrives
Build communications infrastructure that can accommodate the needs of the future (NO MORE FttN)
Make university education cheaper, not more expensive. It is an investment that pays dividends and our children should not start life with a large debt from their education.
Become a Republic with an Australian head of state and our own flag.
Be open, transparent, honest and accountable.
Continually fighting against things has drained both the government and the people. We need leaders who can explain why we should do things, not why we shouldn’t.