As part of a generation that will lead Australia into the future, I can't say I care too much for politics.
And statistics show that I'm not alone, with more and more people caring less and less about society as a whole, preferring to concentrate on themselves.
Most of you 'older folk' refer to us as being a generation of 'self-centred' youths who don't care and spend too much time on the Internet. But I ask you, can you blame us? Really?
Take a look at the political state of our country, especially the two big political players in the game, Labor and Liberal. In the top seats, we have Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, and around each of them are people whose sole job is to keep their leading men or women at the top of the polls (and maybe do something good for the country along the way).
But in recent times, politics in Australia has changed, seemingly going from respectable leadership to petty argumentative slurs about stuff that really just leaves the country pissed off.
How can one be expected to care about 'the important' stuff, when the people telling us that it's important (1) apparently change position the moment they feel they're losing popularity, and (2) don't actually 100% fix the problems they uncover.
In a survey I thought up all by myself just then, politicians came in as the least reliable and trustworthy member of society, directly behind those annoying ring-pulls on a Bundaberg Ginger Beer that always seem to spill their contents all over you. Ok, that survey is completely fake, but it's sad because it's kind of true, isn't it? I can't remember the last time a politician made a genuine promise that helped people, and then did all they could to follow through on it.
Isn't that a big part of it? Listening to the people who elect them and putting their ideas, thoughts and wishes into action? Making the country a better place for its citizens, and helping them to live in a society that functions coherently?
I see none of that. All I see is Julia Gillard fighting to stay on as the PM of a country that doesn't seem interested in either her or Tony Abbott.
I don't want people embarrassing Australia on the world stage any more than they already have. Because that's it. It's embarrassing. It's embarrassing that Gillard or Abbott are our two main choices, and most of us sit and settle with the fact that that's how it is.
To put it simply, Australia deserves better. Any country deserves better than this. What we deserve are people who are willing to fight for a cause, not to fight for their own survival. 23 million Australians deserve more of a choice in leadership.
This isn't a matter of 'close enough is good enough.’ If the people at the top don't have what it takes, then give us somebody who does. It's like ordering an ice-cream and being told that your only option is a sausage or half a brick. They're completely useless to fulfilling our original need, and in this case, it's a leader that has our interests as his/her number ONE priority. Nothing less. And I'm not going to be ashamed of expecting that.
So as a Generation Yer who tweets and sits on Facebook daily, give me some credit. I'm not an ignorant 24-year-old kid who doesn't care about my future, I've just stopped caring about the far-from-acceptable standards that our country seems to have settled for.
Give me a reason to care about anyone but myself, because quite frankly, Labor and Liberal, I don't see you doing anything different. Lead me, lead my friends, and you shall lead our country.
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