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Fear vs compassion

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The headlines tell the story. The silent majority, including the Howard battlers, may number 60–90 per cent. They are too stressed to utter a ‘peep’ about the broken capitalist system.

They are not abreast of the finer points of key issues from a profit driven mass media.

Many vote for the least fearful alternatives. Fear makes them victims of poor personal decisions and the worst excesses of the system.

Only decisions from the heart can deliver the best outcomes for all. New Zealand has shown that a compassionate way with Maori reconciliation, terrorism, and mental issues caused by systemic stress, can heal society.

Wake up, silent majority! Next time vote for independents with the feminine touch and break the party gridlock. We have already had demonstrations of its effectiveness.

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  1. What nonsense. While Australia is not perfect and at times in the economic and social Bleddisloe cup New Zealand can claim victory, Australia is a very well run country. We have high levels of governance and among the least corrupt – although NZ beats us on that one – and in many ways the societies are very similar. Both have high material standards of living, high levels of productivity in the private an public sectors and relatively low levels of poverty . We have close to the longest life expectancy and some of the best health outcomes , without the wasteful private heath expenditure of the US; good educational outcomes based on a demanding and highly analytical approach to higher learning reflected in the high international demand for Australian skilled workers; high standards of public and workplace safety with low crime rates; and world standard SES, police and military; Did you know Australia is recognised as the world leader in paper and digital records management?

    We are not perfect and would do well to control better motor vehicle use and encourage public and active transport, and we need a stronger commitment from the right on environmental management. . But our overall success comes about because of stable evidence-based government provided by the two major parties which -supported by high quality public services and egged on by the Greens – are the only parties in a position to consider all of the complex and at times conflicting demands of running a country. Most Australians know this and reject independents and small parties who cannot deliver effective comprehensive government polices .


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