Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pollies who I admire

Yes dear reader, this will be a very brief post. I could make it longer by mentioning politicians I despise, if you want?

Stick with the original plan. It will be no surprise that Greens seem far more honourable politicians than the two big parties, with special mentions for retired Greens leader Bob Brown and the current leader Senator Christine Milne.



Nick Xenophon was elected to the Senate principally on an anti gambling platform yet he has stepped into many controversial areas with policies that seem to be rather full of common sense to me. I was initially very cautious about him, but I hold him in fairly high regard now. Here is a snip from his website.

" I have continued to fight for changes in the key areas of gambling reform, the water crisis facing Australia, consumer protection, food security and the destructive impact of cults (especially Scientology)." What is not to love about this bloke?

That he has been banned from entering Malaysia to press the cause for fair democracy surely adds to his credit. I consider him too passionate about causes to ever be a leader, but what a fine person to have in politics. Long may South Australia continue to elect him and he has been effective in parliament.



I know less about Tony Windsor. He seems like an old style Country (National)  Party politician, in some ways, yet has become one of the independents who hold the balance of power in our Federal Government. He is not fazed by anything and judges each of his decisions with careful consideration and seems to focus on what is good for the country, rather than what is good for his chances of re-election.Voters may well choose the loose cannon Barnaby Joyce (bottom photo) over Windsor, but they would be making a serious mistake. Careful consideration is surely preferred over loud mouthed populist chatter.

 

13 comments:

  1. Barnaby Joyce looks a little like a car salesman don't you think Andrew :)

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    1. Stick a hat on his head Grace, and you have Arthur Daley.

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  2. Of course I don't know any of them, but they are all the same ! It's a special race !

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    1. Gattina, mostly, but there is the occasional exception.

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  3. I never make comments on politics or religion it makes me want to kill people.
    Merle..........

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    1. Lol Merle. Best to stay silent then.

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  4. What's not to love about Senator Xenophon, in my view, is that he is a political opportunist and a coward. The latter because he made his attack on Scientology under parliamentary privilege. Also he avoided any communication with actual Scienntologists and confined his conversation to a bunch of disaffected former Scientologists. All the allegations he made have been disproven.
    He uses a derogatory term, but he would know that Scientology is a bona fide religion, recognised as such by the High Court of Australia and courts around the world. My eye just lit on the line below: stereotypes are useful but don't judge people by them." Exactly !
    Zinnia

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    1. Thanks for your contribution Virginia, but I have little time for any religion, least of all Scientology, which I lump in with Falun Gong as being a destructive cult.

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  5. I've always like Nick Xenophon and he gets a tick on any ballot paper I may be filling out. He seems to be for the people not for the pollies.

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    1. Good to hear River. I expect he will do rather well at this election. Ah, that is if he is up for re-election, the Senate being a six year term.

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  6. A few years ago we travelled through St George, BJ's homeland. One of the gift items on sale was a ceramic port decanter (I think full of a specialty port) cast from Barnaby's BOOT!! Now, who WOULDN'T want such a treasure??!!

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    1. Red, surely the question is who would? Queenslanders north and west of Brissie can be a bit weird at times.

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