REVERED: Former PM Bob Hawke's death has given time to pause and consider just how far our leaders have fallen.
REVERED: Former PM Bob Hawke's death has given time to pause and consider just how far our leaders have fallen. Tessa Mapstone

Hawke's death a sad reminder of how far pollies have fallen

OPINION:

ONE thing was made abundantly clear when Bob Hawke died on the cusp of the election.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend's vote, we just don't have leaders of his ilk anymore.

There are four PMs I hear most when people talk of substantial former leaders.

Menzies, Howard, Whitlam and Hawke.

Hawke sits a long way above the others, in terms of public appreciation.

But when you look at the current crop of pollies in Canberra, you just can't help but scratch your head and wonder where it all went so wrong.

Self-interest and representing the interests of a select few has overtaken so much of Canberra.

Gone are the days of politicians fuelled on by the sole desire to represent their people and improve the lives of the everyday Australian.

Do you think Australia will see another politician like Bob Hawke?

This poll ended on 20 June 2019.

Current Results

No, not in this political climate.

63%

Hopefully.

33%

I'm not sure.

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Big business holds so much sway over our elected representatives.

Much more than we, the people, could ever hope to wield.

But it always surprises me just how much we underestimate our strength.

We are the ones with the power to decide who sits in those halls of power.

So why do we roll over and settle for poor representation time and again?

Apathy?

Or are we just so disillusioned in the whole sorry saga that we genuinely have no belief in our politicians any more?

I reckon it's a combination of the two.

And it has to stop.

The longer we stay disengaged, the further our leaders will slide into the abyss.



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