The problem with government
The first problem is recruitment.
Do you know how to get involved in politics?
If you wanted to run for the local council, your State Government seat, or for the Federal seat in your electorate, do you know how to go about it?
Have you met any politicians lately? Have you had a chance to speak to someone about what they actually do?
Most of us are not going to rush out and join the Young Liberals or Young Labor when we’re at university (or whatever we were doing in our 20s) because, let’s face it, we were alternately drunk, hungover and working at a crappy job.
But now, when we’re older and more engaged with the taxation system, we care a lot more about where the money is going.
We have kids and become concerned about schools.
Our parents get older and we start to care about Medicare, the pension and superannuation.
So now we’re time poor but we care a lot.
And yet we don’t know where to begin.
I am profoundly disappointed by our government for so many reasons. I haven’t felt anything akin to pride since Julia Gillard was PM.
So what do I do? How can I help? There’s only so many Change.org petitions you can fill out. How can you make a real difference?