The following is a letter to the Southern Star from Wayne Cameron, head of Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordating Committee. Mr Cameron has also provided it to Carindale Connect.
The lack of regard for politicians and electioneering is clearly shown by your cartoon (Conversation 7/8/2013), with people “puking” while our would-be elected leaders are speaking on a podium.
I would like to suggest that we, the public, and the media in general, are the ones who are turning our political system into a circus, not the politicians.
Sure, the 3 year political cycle has politicians spending most of their time seeking re-election and short-term fixes. But have we become so cynical that we demean anything said or done by our politicians?
No wonder we find it hard to get people with ability to seek public office. Each time a man or woman stands up for and ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against an injustice – the media and public want to cut them off at the knees. Maybe we get what we deserve.
Wayne Cameron, Carina Heights