“Australia ain’t gonna cop it, no Australia’s not gonna cop it, Aussies not gonna cop it any more.” Those words, while hard to take seriously in their original context (a United Australia Party TV ad), tell a lot about the state of politics in Australia in 2019.
Think about what the United Australia Party’s main vote winning strategy is across the nation. It’s not stopping the boats, or blocking the Adani project. It’s the promise of ending the political chaos of Canberra, and focusing on making the lives of the people of Australia better. No matter your view on the UAP, I think we can all at least accept that to quite a large amount of people, the idea of Canberra being refreshed is an appealing one — even if those among us with brains recognise that the UAP won’t do that.
If you aren’t convinced that people are losing faith in democracy in Australia, I’ll point you to this article in The Guardian, which shows that between 2013 to 2018, peoples satisfaction in Australian democracy fell from 72 percent to 41 percent. At this rate, fewer than 10 percent will have trust in Australian democracy by 2025. This is an alarming statistic, and one which is not receiving anywhere near as much attention as it should.
I’m not at all suggesting that the UAP or its policies are necessarily good (and I personally disagree with the party on almost all fronts), but rather pointing to it as an example of what happens when people lose faith in the system. Just look at the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election if you don’t think distrust in the system can turn bad very quickly.
No matter which party manages to form government at the next election, it’s crucial that Australia’s politicians work together to achieve a better future for all of us, rather than themselves. In today’s divided world, the last thing we need is an unnecessarily divided nation, and with unity still a relatively easy thing to achieve in Australia, it’s crucial we hold on to it!