28 June 2016

They say I'm a dreamer

I looked at my group of friends of Facebook today.  It's not the entirety of my social circle but it's definitely a fairly representative snapshot.

Some Australians.

Some not.

Some gay.

Some not.

Some parents.

Some not.

Some living with a disability.

Some not.

Some sick.

Some not.

Some Muslim.

Some not.

Some white skinned.

Some not.

Some refugees.

Some not.

Some First Australians.

Some not.

Some multi-lingual.

Some not.

Some musical.

Some not.

Some old.

Some not.

Some animal lovers.

Some not.

Some educated.

Some not.

Some thermo-mix, croc wearing, crossfitters.

Some not.

And I can say quite honestly, that when I vote on Saturday, I won't be voting for me. I really wont.

And I don't want anybody else to vote 'just' for themselves.

Me? I'll be voting for the Australia I believe we can be.  I know some of you think it's bleeding heart lefty bollocks to believe in a government that puts people before politics, that protects the human rights of my friends and other Australians, and treats the vulnerable with dignity, respect and humanity.

I know that there is no easy answers. I know that it's not entirely possible to make all the people happy all of the time. I know that we have to make sure our economy is sustainable and blah blah blah - but you know something - that's largely inevitable.  All the parties approach money the same (Don't f**k it up or we'll lose the next election) - what we need is leadership and integrity and people in our government that are passionate about the people, not the power.

I'm not a fool. I'm not John Lennon with his round glasses and ability to string a tune together of a utopian world that is completely unachievable.  But I do want an Australia where every single person has the same human rights as me, where nobody feels scared because of their race, their religion, their sexual orientation or their heritage.

I want an Australia that celebrates it's diversity - not pays lip service. I want an Australia that does provide a fair go for everybody. I want an Australia that shares its boundless plains. I want an Australia where my politicians act with integrity, treat people with decency and don't just dribble out three word slogans, bigotry and bullshit.

They say I'm a dreamer. But I hope I'm not the only one.


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