Reflections on the election

Following the election result yesterday, here are nine things I am grateful for and one hope:

  1. I hope that the result was a vote against a divided government, disloyalty and Kevin Rudd’s destabilising of our first female prime minister and not a vote for prioritising  economic growth over social wellbeing, ignoring (or taking minimal action about) climate change, and a focus on our own interests rather than showing compassion to people less fortunate than ourselves.
  2. It is great to see the first female Indigenous federal parliamentarian.
  3. There are voices for compassion, environmental sustainability, and social reform in the new government and in the people who will advise them.
  4. Congratulations to the many volunteers involved on election day.
  5. I enjoy seeing the friendly relationships between the campaigners (mostly) and lighthearted banter on election day.
  6. There are benefits in having a range of voices in the senate – even ones with which I strongly disagree. (Part of my quite likes the idea that somebody can become a senator with only 0.2% of the primary vote, although at another level it does suggest some changes need to be made.)
  7. The increasing emphasis on school and community partnerships continues with a commitment to a greater say for parents and communities (as well as principals and staff) about how schools are run.
  8. There are many organisations, groups and individuals who will continue to advocate for, and help create, a more inclusive, just and sustainable world.
  9. There are commentators, bloggers, cartoonists, comedians (and many others) who will critique the government (both what it does well and what it does poorly).
  10. I treasurer the fact that we can vote in safety, that there will be a smooth transition of government and that we know that the current government will call another election in due course.

If you liked this post, you might also like:

  1. My background in peace and environment groups
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  3. Four roles of social activism

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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2 Responses to Reflections on the election

  1. Thanks for your reflections Graeme, I really needed to read something positive today.


    • Thanks Cathie. I think it can be challenging to find a balance between being positive/optimistic and being concerned or even angry enough to do something about it. I also think we do need to have faith that things can change and that we can make a difference. Hang in there!


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