Conventional wisdom would have us believe that we will be governed either by the Labor Party or by the Liberal Party in coalition with several minor parties.
Whilst I know this is probably true, I feel a bit like Jane and Michael Banks from Mary Poppins.
Our father is fixated on money transactions and is completely at the mercy of the owners of the company. He has no time for us in his never-ending pursuit of profit for his employers.
Our mother is fixated on emancipation – a worthy cause where rhetoric is easy but results require determination, courage and sacrifice.
Cook is well-meaning but ignores aspects crucial to our growth and well-being.
And we are stuck in the middle, loved but ignored by all as they each pursue their own goals.
Jane and Michael took matters into their own hands by writing down what they required from the person who would be responsible for their care. This is an excerpt from their essential criteria.
If you want this choice position have a cheery disposition
You must be kind, you must be witty
Never be cross or cruel
If you won’t scold and dominate us we will never give you cause to hate us
I find myself in agreement with those requests and wondering where this country may find its Mary Poppins.
I want a leader who doesn’t seek to apportion blame but who suggests solutions.
I want a leader who acknowledges the value of our expertise, someone who recognises the worth of education, research and innovation.
I want a leader who protects us from corporate greed, acknowledging the value of our resources and labour and ensuring commensurate remuneration.
I want a leader who will look after those in our society who need our help be they children, elderly, unemployed, sick, disabled or refugees.
I want a leader who understands the urgent need to address global warming and climate change.
I want a leader who listens rather than dictates.
I want a leader who would rather give than claim entitlements.
I want a leader who demands honesty and integrity from our elected representatives.
I want a leader who works to make us safe rather than fearful.
I want a leader who, rather than feeding the birds, has the strength to lift us to the sky and the unselfishness to watch us fly.
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