We would all like to vote for the best man... | Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Friday, 8 March 2013

We would all like to vote for the best man...

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
Kin Hubbard

Isn't it funny how a quote from a man who died almost 84 years ago can still be so damn relevant to the political landscape of 2013.



The two major parties in this country are a joke. The Liberal/National Party is no real alternative to this farce of a Labor Party, both characterised by ridiculous PR campaigns (Rooty Hill anyone), infighting, backstabbing and general childishness.

I'm a swing voter. Always have been, always will be. I will never be a card-carrying member of any political party. When I go to vote in a state or federal election the only thing I think about is what my local candidate has on his or her agenda for my local area. The end.

Because if I voted based on who the leader of each party was, and the federal or state agendas they carry, then I wouldn't bother voting at all, I would just waste my vote. But I can't do that. I am lucky enough to have the right to vote, the freedom to vote, and I won't throw that right away, no matter how much the politicians and their games piss me off!

The thing that annoys me most is how out of touch the politicians are, both state and federal, they really have no idea, and the only thing they care about is getting re-elected.

Because they only care about being re-elected no one has the balls to actually do anything, make any meaningful changes or policies, actually invest in the future of this country and make a few decision that are for the good, but perhaps not the most popular decisions.

Part of the problem is that being a politician is a full time career these days with a pretty cushy pay scale and benefits. If politicians actually had to live and work in the real world you can bet your bottom dollar that things would change, and for the better, a lot quicker than they do now.


Our hospitals would be so much better equipped, teachers, police, firies, ambos would get the pay and benefits they deserve, heck we might even get some decent fucking infrastructure and roads and trains that work!

Rural areas would have more access to services that are crucial. And there would be more support for those with special needs and mental illnesses. People who genuinely need help would be able to access it and those rorting the system would be weeded out and made to pay their way through life like the rest of us.

I think I live in a dream world where things might actually be different one day. I don't know what it will take for change to happen within politics, maybe nothing will, maybe it will just get worse.

At the end of year 12 I was voted Most Likely to be Australia's First Female PM. Well, obviously that's not gonna happen, but the more I think about it the more I feel like maybe one day in the future, once I've finished having babies, I might just have to follow in my Grandmother's footsteps and get in to local government and do my best to shake things up and fight for the change that is so sorely needed.

As long as no-one ever holds what I've written on this blog against me that is! Lol!

Does politics piss you off? Have you ever been tempted to run for local government? What would be the first thing you'd change if you were elected PM?

Linking this post up with the lovely Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday.

All images in this post found via pinterest here.

12 comments:

  1. You know what? I'm not a bug follower of politics because it IS such bull crap - I have better things to do than waste time trying too keep up with who's promising what this week. However, I've never seen anything so contrived as this 'Julia at Rooty Hills ' gimmick....

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  2. There's a lot of shaking up needing in Singapore too. The current ruling party got pretty complacent and I'm glad the people are starting to have balls to make noise and start a change to let them know if they keep this up, they may not be the ruling party anymore.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  3. This Country as far as I am concerned is in a world of trouble.....
    Have you ever thought of a career in politics ?
    You would have my vote :)
    Stopping by to say HI via FYBF

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  4. Go you, bring some sense into it and get rid of this stupied two-party shit-throing. Both parties often appeal to the lowest common denominator and appear to care only about re-election... in the public and in the media... I am so NOT lowest common and it sickens me. In private I am sure most are clever and caring people... lets see more of that. Harumph!!

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  5. It's great to see others caring about their vote even in such politically frustrating times!

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  6. I always thought I'd like to run for local office but they'd find too much if they ever decided to dig dirt on me :) Em @ Have a laugh on me :)

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  7. You'd do so awesome, Kylie! Do it!
    My friend ran for local council last year and I helped her out on the social media side. Candidates were very petty, bitchy and aggressive but she stuck it out! She didn't get in but what an experience! And I reckon you've got the thick skin to get past all that.

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  8. Politics do piss me off too - there's so much wastage of time and money that could be wisely spent elsewhere and that's where I'll stop 'cause I could rant on and on and on. I'll vote for you Kylez!! xx

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  9. I will vote for anyone but that slimy Bertie Crouch (Abbott totally reminds me of that character in Harry Potter)

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  10. Go Kylie! You have just the right personality to do it!
    Our chief minister has made some really tough decisions, which have involved a huge power hike. It's not going to win him any votes, but it needed to happen. The last labour government that was in completely neglected the required maintenance for years, and if something isn't done now, there will be no power. I admire him for that, whilst simultaneously hate the surcharge. It's not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination

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  11. Go for it Kylie! I'd vote for you, and I've got two experienced campaign managers who can help with your campaign x

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  12. Politics SERIOUSLY pisses me off! This is a great post. I typically vote labor. one of my best friends is liberal. We both understand that given our family/financial situations different parties benefit us more. It's just a shame there's not one party who can benefit the majority - why should families miss out? But why should small businesses pay tax through the nose and not get any help? Very frustrating, and I'm not at all thrilled about the outcome of the September election - mostly b/c I think both results will suck! I too have thought about trying to get involved but I'm afraid it would be too damn frustrating!

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