Forgetting the noise and arguments, the marketing and campaigning – a government’s job (and the job of us all) is to make the world a better place.
You don’t do that by worshipping wealth above well-being.
You don’t do that by supporting the fossil fuel industry and looking to join the world’s top ten arms manufacturers.
You don’t do that by engaging in rampant land-clearing to make way for livestock, inappropriate crops, or urban sprawls.
You don’t do that by habitat destruction of endangered species.
You don’t do that by cutting foreign aid to developing nations whilst massively increasing defence spending.
You don’t do it by destroying the lives of people who came to you seeking sanctuary from war and oppression.
You don’t do that by briefing the media about foreign policy discussions/decisions before you have spoken to ASIO, DFAT or defence.
You don’t do that by ignoring the existential danger posed by climate change in order to save a few dollars a week off your electricity bill.
You don’t do that by entrenching people in poverty through inadequate social security payments and demeaning them as leaners.
You don’t do that by offering such generous tax concessions to property investors that housing becomes unaffordable.
You don’t do that by promoting gambling.
You don’t do that by condoning discrimination against people based on their race, religion, gender or sexuality.
You don’t do that by ignoring the advice of the Indigenous community, quarantining their income instead of addressing disadvantage and enabling self-determination, building more jails whilst cutting support services.
You don’t do that by spending hundreds of millions in legal battles to withhold information that the public has a right, and a need, to know.
You don’t do that by holding endless reviews and commissions and summits and then ignoring their recommendations.
You don’t do that by rewarding those who shout the loudest or pay the most.
You don’t do that by concentrating on the marketing rather than the message.
The removal of the Coalition from government is a necessary step in making this country, and the world, a better place.
The problem is, how much more damage can they do before trash removal day?