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AUSTRALIAN POLITICS


INTRODUCTION

I was once invited to run for politics - just as I am occasionally invited to join law firms - by a person with a unique eye for talent, and just intoxicated enough (with alcohol or ideas) for me to doubt the offer. Experience has proven where I'd be now if I'd accepted any of these offers - rich, miserable, working long hours and taking myself far too seriously.

As to my personal political leanings or views, I offer only the following. I grew up a Labor supporter and, swept up amongst the tide of the early to mid 1970's, rejoiced in the belief that visionary social reform was possible through the political process. As the events of 1975 and the two decades that followed it showed, however, the forces of reaction, apathy, fear and prejudice are - like the 'muscle' of business and economics - often superior to ideals and principle.

I think that political tides turn within the individual, far more often than in the occasional ballot box votes at election time. But they must be recognised for what they are, and balanced against the transitory promises and benefits offered by our politicians. Politicisation is a process that extends out from the individual, not in from the state. Support for the sake of support is mere croneyism by the masses, for the misguided vanity of the individual.

PARTY POLITICS

The days are long gone when matters of state were decided along party lines. If you have an interest in a particular issue, it's worth your while to see - or ask - what both your party of choice and the party/arties in power have as their policy on the matter. Then, of course, it's a question of what you do, once armed with such knowledge.

THE 2001 ELECTION

I, like so many others, am disenchanted with the current political climate in Australia. Amidst a wave of apathy and conservatism, the Australian public is supporting an apathetic isolationist conservative government - including an opportunist Prime Minister with an ideal opportunity to exploit. And, with an ineffective opposition and policy-starved minor parties, there isn't much hope for change on the horizon.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

I've included a number of useful government and non-government links here. Just because most political processes happen within obvious political arenas doesn't mean than a lot of behind the scenes work isn't done. And, of course, the daily political show is far removed from the bureaucratic jungle that keeps so many public servants employed.

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