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We are just over a week into our newly elected parliament and government . In some ways it has been like watching paint dry because there has had to be a lot of counting postal postal, phone, pre polls and then election day votes. AEC has had a big, complex job on its hands and has managed it all with good grace, patience and tolerance. We live in an instant gratification world so it is hard for some to grasp this notion of waiting until all the boxes have been ticked and all the processes have been duly completed.
We have run into similar problems with a 24/7 365 news cycle. Social media and internet access mean we want news and good news now. Right now. It should not mean, though, photographers are out getting photos of our newly elected PM in his pyjamas at home getting his newspaper. That is disrespectful, a gross invasion of privacy, ill mannered, creepy as anything and totally intolerable. Treating others like that so you an feed a rabid news cycle needs to be resisted at all costs.
Our government has not yet been sworn in so some things cannot yet be done. Our parliament has a number of climate change active independents, a few more greens senators, a Labor majority and a decimated Liberal party. The Nationals have an inordinate number of seats givens how many votes they have. Whether we wish to do something about that remains to be seen.
Mr. Dutton is now leader of the Liberal party and Mr. Littleproud is now leader of the National party. Mr. Morrison does not , as yet, appear to have moved out of Kirribilly House where he was living with the two mothers, two daughters and his wife. Mr. Albanese and Ms. Wong have been making strong connections and conversations with overseas leaders and communities. It has also been established just how important the first nations people will be now in the same way Mr. Malinauskas in SA put that front and centre as soon as he was elected. There is also relief in sight for the Murugappan family who have been treated horrendously . They will hopefully get home to Biloela really soon and will able to become permanent residents. The cost financially, emtionally and healthwise has far exceeded any attempt to put refugees and asylum seekers off. We have been deeply hurt by this and the cost has been exorbitant. It has proven nothing. That family has shown us a lot about strength, courage and a capacity to endure.
Soon everything will be in place and we can get on with our agenda : human rights, healthcare, respect, a bright future, climate change . I'd like to think ,as we progress, we become less sick and have the capacity to overcome the barriers to keeping us well.