Following the election result yesterday, here are nine things I am grateful for and one hope:
- 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.
- It is great to see the first female Indigenous federal parliamentarian.
- There are voices for compassion, environmental sustainability, and social reform in the new government and in the people who will advise them.
- Congratulations to the many volunteers involved on election day.
- I enjoy seeing the friendly relationships between the campaigners (mostly) and lighthearted banter on election day.
- 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.)
- 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.
- There are many organisations, groups and individuals who will continue to advocate for, and help create, a more inclusive, just and sustainable world.
- There are commentators, bloggers, cartoonists, comedians (and many others) who will critique the government (both what it does well and what it does poorly).
- 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.
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