Everywhere we look, political plates are shifting and quaking. Across the seas we see the aggressive US presidential campaign and the fallout from the UK’s Brexit referendum, but this weekend, of course, will see our own country voting in new leadership.
As we prepare to line up at the polling booths and submit our selections (if you’re unsure, please, please read this handy guide to learn more about the new voting processes and how to make your vote count) four Sydney-based hip-hop artists have taken to the blog of hip-hop label Elefant Traks to share their own thoughts and decisions about tomorrow:
The best way to detect future behaviour is by identifying past behaviour and with this in mind it’s important not to take anything politicians say too seriously. Turnbull has shown he is incapable of navigating the maze of internal party divisions with any authority. He looks anything but a leader. This is one of the most powerful people in Australia, with a background of great corporate success and the towering arrogance that comes with it. Yet loony bit players like George Christensen and Cory Bernardi with their chirping influence, so easily undermine him. It’s baffling how little fight he shows. We’ve seen Turnbull’s short-sightedness on the NBN, stifling technology that should provide infrastructure for generations – this is a classic political compromise that will kneecap us for decades, particularly young people. He’ll be on his $100k + pension and won’t give a shit. We’ve seen a reluctance to tackle housing affordability – the chief reason being that older voters benefit from shutting young people out of the market. It’ll be the LNP that suffer most from the resurgent populism of Pauline Hanson – or whichever straight-talking dimwit captures the imagination of a battling population desperate for someone to blame.
Bill Shorten, I admit, has performed better than I expected. That’s not saying much. The backbone he displays in the occasional speech, is quickly dulled down by a desire to romance the middle. Who cares about conviction when you might actually win? The Howard era was partly defined by how effectively he wedged successive Labor leaders, perhaps that’s become part of the Labor psyche and it’s created an ingrained mentality of being anything but wedged. Don’t be surprised when people think you’re nothing. Part of me wants to believe in Labor, most of me can’t and it’ll take time for that to change.
I lean Green, but I’m not a member nor completely sold. They, alongside the independents, perform a vital democratic role of an alternative voice to the major machines. It’s self-evident that this can be problematic, but to remove this aspect of the political process, is a much bigger problem. I also have a soft spot for any political party that News Corp wants to destroy – they must be alright.
How does an armchair critic like me comment on the internal dynamics of government? What would I know? I’m just a stupid musician who should go back to writing music and stay out of politics.
L – Fresh the Lion
I haven’t decided yet. I know I’m definitely not voting Liberal and I’m very close to ruling out Labor as well. I don’t agree with a wide range of their policies but more than that, I don’t like the culture either of the two major parties perpetuate. I’ve voted Greens for the past few years but I’ve got more research to do before I settle on any particular party.
Tomorrow I’ll be voting for the Australian Greens. There are a whole raft of reasons to vote Green, but one that is particularly important to me is their policies on immigration and asylum seekers – and especially their commitment to getting rid of mandatory and indefinite detention and the abolition of offshore processing in places like Manus Island and Nauru.
I grew up in a Labor household and for a lot of my teenage years I thought of myself as a Labor supporter. However, since the ALP’s hardline decision to expand offshore processing, I have been unable to support either major party and have instead looked to the more humanitarian (and common sense) policies of the Greens.
Asylum seekers and refugees are people too! They’re human beings with rights that Australia has been abusing for far too long. It’s morally bankrupt of us to shirk our responsibilities to some of the most vulnerable people in the world and pass the buck to less developed countries when we have the wealth and infrastructure to take refugees in. It’s sickeningly hypocritical of us to deny the opportunities of living in Australia to others when we as non-Indigenous Australians have benefited immensely from those same opportunities. I want to see an end to this cruelty and madness, and for that reason I’ll be casting my vote for the Australian Greens.
This Saturday I’ll be voting for The Greens. There are many reasons why as you can see, but below is one that doesn’t often get mentioned.
The Greens have the best plan for guiding our economy into the future. They are the only party to recognise that running the country is about more than just balancing a budget. If that’s all it took a thrifty 8 year old could do it! To run a strong economy you must invest in its people, their ideas, and the infrastructure and services that support them.
This is the real job of government. The Greens’ policies are built around taxing those who extract the most wealth out of society, and investing that wealth back into education, health, technology, infrastructure, and social safety nets for everyone. They represent fairness and pragmatism and for this reason are the only party suited to lead us in the 21st century. #liberalsfallback.