I’ve tried my best to contain my concern over the current political situation, mainly the Australian Abbott Government and its seemingly arrogant lack of empathy and understanding toward some sections of our community. Shameful notions like ‘the age of entitlement is over’, who was so entitled anyway? Single mothers living on welfare and struggling to buy bread and milk for their kids or maybe it was the twenty-six year-old who lost his job and is now (soon not to be) on new start allowance…great existance and so, so, entitled Mr Abbott…!
Or maybe it’s the university students who are so entitled (yes tertiary education is a wonderful gift and it should be available for all to access) but a student from a poor or struggling family is not living in the cupped hands of entitlement just because they have found their way to university (often they just manage to sustain themselves during their time as a student). Oh no, My Abbott says, make them pay more when they qualify, no more entitlements. Of course students from wealthier families have it easier, more support and even assistance to pay back their education debt. It’s called opportunity Mr Abbott…opportunity if you are wealthy, and have good support networks, if you have been to private schools and already have special priveledges…that’s what I actually call entitlement.
And so, over the last week I’ve held my tongue…looking for a mature and sensible way to oppose some of the notions put forward by the Liberal Government that seem to attack the most vulnerable people in our communities. These policies come from a position that clearly sits outside any realistic view or understanding of how difficult it is for some people to exist in today’s world. It’s not the fault of individual people when they find themselves unemployed, sick or elderly without enough means to get by, it’s the fault of the greedy economic strategists who promote individualistic ideals.
And so, this morning as I listened to ABC talk back, I quietly congratulated the people who had enough fortitude to ring in and confront our current Prime Minister with their outrage and disappointment. I can’t recall ever hearing such anger directed toward an Australian Prime Minister…I guess there are times when enough is enough…I thought in my naive thinking, surely Mr Abbott himself must have been shaken and perhaps even went away pondering his own version of political wisdom…
Oh, but this was not to be. This evening as I watched (on television) part of the radio interview that I listened to this morning, I was amazed to see Mr Abbott mocking a caller by winking and making light of her story. The caller, a sixty plus pensioner with several serious health issues tried to explain how she was struggling on the aged pension and had to supplement her pension by working on an adult sex line. That was when Mr Abbott winked at the presenter and smirked…This is a man who holds the top parliamentary position in the land…and yes, he mocked her…and I suspect he didn’t understand nor did he attempt to understand, a smidgin of what she was so upset about….
So that’s why I’m angry, really angry!