7th September 2013
Dear Prime Minister Abbott,
Congratulations on being elected Prime Minister of Australia. As a voter, I thought I would take this opportunity to write to you to input into the early direction of your Government.
First up, I would encourage you to remember you are Prime Minister of Australia, not Prime Minister of the people who voted for the Coalition. Work hard at unifying us as a nation. Consult widely and be open to a broad base of opinion.
As you do this, I believe it will help us as a Nation restore civility in the public discourse. It would be great for us as a country to see a significant deepening of social dialogue: a true meeting of the minds, without it descending, as it often currently does, into vicious personal attacks and name calling. Model civility in Question Time in Parliament.
Show respect to the Members of the Opposition Benches.
Make decisions slowly and implement only well thought-out policies that are thoroughly costed.
Refuse to make reactionary policy decisions like your predecessors banning of live cattle exports, which decimated 1000’s of families in the north of the Nation.
Treat the Australian people with respect. Don’t use fear to gain compliance, or use slick one liners like a snake oil salesman to sell policy. When there are stuff ups, (and there will be and we understand that) don’t spin it. Be up front, honest, transparent.
Restore the belief we once had in our values and culture. Help us to move away from feeling the constant need to apologize for and dismiss our Judeo-Christian roots.
You were voted in clearly standing for marriage to be between a man and woman. Remember that.
Stop people drowning in our northern waters. With over 2000 asylum seekers having drowned in the last 5 years, this enormous tragedy must not be allowed to continue. Find the right balance between border protection and our humanitarian responsibility to refugees. As the 12th largest economy in the world and one of the largest land masses, we must show mercy and compassion to genuine refugees.
Understand that cost of living pressures are hurting the average Australian, with steep rises in Electricity prices in particular of great concern. If you repeal the Carbon Tax legislation, how will you ensure that the prices that went up under the Carbon Tax, will indeed come down?
As much as I passionately love Australia and its culture, there are some ‘ugly bits’ that need a concerted effort between Government, Church’s and Community groups, to combat. Binge Drinking and related violence. Problem Gambling. Bullying.
I would also suggest that rolling out greater mental health services in rural Australia will have a positive effect on both the rate of homelessness and the rate of suicides, particularly among young men. I am also a fan of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Be a government for Indigenous Australians. Stop the hand outs and instead work with Aboriginal Elders at doing whatever is necessary to create an environment where our Aboriginal Brothers and Sisters can flourish.
As we take our place on the United Nations Security Council, we are now well placed to input into issues around the world. Here are a few. Syria, Human Slavery, Female Genital Mutilation, Treatment of women in India, Egypt.
In regards to Paid Parental Scheme, it does seem overly generous and skewed toward the higher middle class. This may need a rethink. I would also encourage your Government to create space for older workers to stay in the workforce if they so desire.
Finally the economy:- Manage our debt levels so that we are not spending our children’s money. I know we are far from Greece’s example where they are so far in debt that the next three generations will be paying it off, but let’s use Greece to inspire sound rational economic management. Wean us as a nation off Government handouts.
May God Bless Australia
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