Mar 212012
 
Dear Australians, particularly those who value social, political and economic reform – it is time to Pay Attention.
Who among us has not promised someone the world and then changed our minds?
At present we have a team of women in our federal parliament who are taking on the tobacco, private health and mining industries, who have delivered an incredible amount of funds to schools and hospitals, who have won pay equity for women in the public sector, who have led significant action on climate change, who are even giving gay marriage a fair crack of the whip.
It is time to rally behind them, to thank them, to show them our support, to publicly defend them, to tell a different story to that peddled by haters across the media, social and political spectrums.
The media may not be whipping up the leadership story – but they sure as hell are obsessing about the minutiae, indulging in a fanatical frenzy whose only aim is to tear the flesh from prime ministerial dignity.
Democracy is precious. One glimpse at the Arab Spring ought to slug home to us that democracy is ours by design, not right.
The time is now, before we lose them, to thank our current leaders for their courage and give them our public support. Because if things go on as they are we will lose them. Imagine that, we will lose them.
We have one of the most progressive governments on Earth at this time. And it is led by women who are devoted to the same things the people I know are devoted to, even if we don’t agree on everything.
These are women who boldly and unapologetically marched through the gates left open for them by the ones who came before.
It’s time to stand with them, to tell a different story. Perhaps one that begins ‘thank you Julia for weathering the incessant storm and taking a stand on climate change’, ‘thank you Tanya and Nicola for having the courage to tackle Big Tobacco and Big Private Health’, ‘thank you everyone involved for delivering pay equity to the public sector’.
Just ‘thank you’ would be fine.

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