Whenever there is an election in the wind, you will find the cynics all have comments to make. I sometimes wonder whether the real reason for our cynicism is that the knockers and wingers in our society are perhaps too lazy or just not prepared to become pro-active.

Be it a Federal, State or even a Local Government election there are always those who begrudge the time taken to even attend the polling booth. These are often people who couldn’t really care who wins or looses as they have become complacent with their life and tend to be only interested in themselves.

They claim all politicians are rogues, which seems to excuse their own lackadasical approach to learning more about who they might vote for and their self-centredness leaves them with little or no thought for the broader community in which they live.

Many promises are made by politicians prior to an election and we are often disillusioned when some of these promises are not fulfilled. But do we make an effort to keep our politicians honest by telling them of our concerns? Are we prepared to write or contact our local representatives if things we believe should be happening are not? Do we ever get to know our local representatives and what they are supposedly fighting for on our behalf? Many Australians tend to just float along with life and try not to get drawn into discussing the ‘no,no’ subjects of politics or religion.

With all the printed material we receive in the letterbox and the numerous advertisements we see on television, it does all tend to get a bit much. However, it is important we consider our choice carefully, for we are fortunate to live in a democratic country and whether we realise it or not, our vote does count.

We should be thankful we have the opportunity to elect our Government, because the alternative would seriously affect our freedom and our Australian way of life.

Peter Mack

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