I’m angry. Livid. Enraged. Indignant. Infuriated. Exasperated. Furious. I’m just so angry!
I’m angry that, on Sunday, Australia could have a government that will brag about being able to build dual carriageways, and pay for parental leave for the wealthy, by cutting the number of human beings to whom we grant asylum, and support with foreign aid.
I’m angry that a coalition government would attempt to remove the carbon tax, which would have become an emissions trading scheme. Instead of taking real steps to cut the amount of carbon that we release into the atmosphere, we will move backwards.
I’m angry that an Abbott government would fail to act on the recommendations of the Gonski review of school funding, which reported the need for fairer funding for schools, so that ALL Australian children have access to quality education and resources. Abbott is promising only ONE THIRD of what the review recommended, because his funding stops after four years. EVERY child loses. Yes, your child, too! But students in public schools, who need the most funding, will lose the most.
I’m angry that an LNP government would have no foresight in its implementation of technology, favouring an inferior broadband system now, for cheap votes, which will end up costing more than Labor’s high speed NBN in the long run.
I’m angry that the Liberal party is so entrenched in conservative ideology that they would prevent two people, who love each other, from uniting in marriage if that’s what they choose to do. This is a leader who thinks of same sex love as a ‘fashion’.
I’m angry that the person representing us on the world stage could be a man who couldn’t comment on the intelligence, or commitment, or skills, or work ethic of one of his female candidates, only her ‘sex appeal’, who parades his daughters as ornaments and says vote for me because I have good looking daughters, who thinks women really do the ironing, and are incapable of doing certain jobs because they’re women.
I’m angry that our economy, which is the envy of the rest of the world, is presented as a failure by the opposition and the Murdoch press, and that PEOPLE BELIEVE IT.
I’m angry that people with five TVs, two fridges, three computers, dishwashers, air conditioners and clothes dryers are complaining about the increased cost of living because they’re paying for their carbon emissions. Stop being so selfish, use less electricity, live more simply, and think about your children, and your children’s children!
I’m angry that many people care more about their own hip pockets than what is really important – human life, education, planet Earth!
I’m angry that there is no such thing as news anymore, only opinion masquerading as news.
I’m angry that the coalition is going to get away with releasing no costings on any of its policies, and people will vote for them anyway!
I’m angry that an ad made by Getup!, which points out the TRUTH about the bias of the Murdoch press, will not be aired on television because the TV stations don’t want to offend Rupert.
Most of all I’m angry that, on Saturday, fear, greed and selfishness may very well win over compassion, vision and action.
Come on, Australia! What do you really value?
Note: if you are considering commenting here that the current government’s economic mismanagement is the cause of a future coalition government’s inability to meet foreign aid commitments, accept refugees, adequately fund education, etc, then please read this article by Joseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics, where he will outline some flaws in your argument.