If I hear that one more time I might just scream. I find this enormously frustrating as only today I reached out to see if there was anything I and my group can do to help a young local man from being deported into harm’s way. I telephoned the local group to offer my support only to be told that ‘they didn’t want it to become political’ While I try to understand why they would not like support in a practical sense this whole idea of what is or is not political drives me crazy. In this instance the same organisation had already reached out to the local (political) members to gain their support to approach Minister Dutton (a Politician). So let’s get some reality into this subject of political or not, while leaving aside the need of this particular individual for a moment.
Everything we do is POLITICAL in some way or another… whether you choose to vote or not is a political decision, you either choose to engage or not engage in the politics of the day. By engaging you make a political decision as to whom you think will represent your views appropriately, if you choose not to engage your political decision is that you don’t care who makes that decision and you’ll deal with it. Every decision is based on political involvement in some way, every time you vote for the Liberal party you actually endorse their policy, whether it’s against asylum seekers, you vote for all their policies, tax breaks for big corporates, the removal of funding from hospitals, schools, public services everything, same as with Labor who support the ‘illegal boat-people’ scenario. As with the Greens policies, on this issue however we actually support the proper and decent approach to settling people in need. Funding schools, hospitals and essential services etc, so saying you don’t want a particular matter politicised is a cop out imo. Every time a church puts out a ‘don’t vote for party “A” because ???” its political. When you tick a box on a ballot paper its political and with it comes a deal of accountability. I choose to investigate and engage in political discussion, it affects me, it affects my family, where I can go to hospital, whether my kids schools are funded properly, whether the unemployed are treated decently, whether or not my grandson’s teeth are considered part of his body and included in Medicare. Whether we support the steel industry and aboriginal rights, whether we want more coal dug out of the ground or NOT, whether the reef is protected or the world heritage status of the Blue mountains is maintained, all of it.
Some of us might even have these conversations over coffee based on a throw away line some commentator on radio or television made but these are political, policy discussions and our involvement is essential, desired, wanted, needed, encouraged. If you want certain outcomes you have to make certain decisions, you cannot just hope that the two old parties can read your mind, they can’t, they make their decisions from the top down, not even their membership gets a piece of the decision action most of the time.
The Greens are the only party whose policies originate at local level, debated on a state level and enacted by the elected politicians, that’s a political decision, why I and all my colleagues joined the Greens in the first place. We don’t want dictated policy we want to be involved in the political debate and we want to make a difference…. so please don’t say I don’t’ want this to become Political… IT ALREADY IS.
To make matters more frustrating the individual I called earlier, suggested I email the organisation via the website. This I did, as this matter is important to me and no doubt: Deo Nuyu the gentleman concerned, only to find the email bounced back as no destination found and I’m sure I’m not the only one as I used their own link.
Sometimes doing the right thing is difficult and sometimes it takes a bit of an effort but it is political especially when it is a matter of government’s intervention and one poor souls safety and well being are at risk.
Here is a link to a petition in relation to the young fellow I mentioned above:
While I’m here, A quick thanks to the lovely people I’ve been chatting to when out and about, it’s always a pleasure to hear what the community really thinks.
Please don’t forget that the council’s budget for the coming year is on exhibition presently and if you don’t speak up nothing will change. I think you have until the 26th June, so grab a copy, look at what is being increased, what is being proposed and have your say. I’ll discuss this more as I continue to read through the documents.
As always, if you disagree with what I’ve said I invite you to make comment, you can do this anonymously or not and I’m happy to stand corrected if I’m wrong.