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OPINION: One term governments do no good for anybody

 BILL Murray knew all about Groundhog Day, but it seems Queensland and the rest of the nation is determined to experience it for themselves.

Chaotic one-term governments do no good for anybody.

Business, industry and infrastructure are left in limbo, and as the state grinds to a halt this week, one can only wonder if we, the voters, and our political representatives, have learnt anything from those who've gone before.

The obsession with political backstabbing, baying for blood and trying to predict who knives who has taken a hold of national media and the public alike.

While it may make for fascinating reading, the leadership cloud and the ridiculous allocation of a knighthood to a member of a token-at-best monarchy have well and truly drowned out any debate over actual policy.

You know, like reasonable, innovative, robust public debate over our healthcare and education systems, the need for improved infrastructure and the difficult task of trying to balance protecting our natural assets and environment with improving our economic predicament.

Surely that is more important, and impacts upon us far greater than whether an elderly Englishmen had a sword rubbed on his shoulders?

Don't the media have a greater responsibility to enlighten the political discussion than simply standing next to the fire pouring petrol atop the blaze?

And don't we, as the voting public, have the responsibility to rise above the party games and shallow reporting of what has now degenerated into nothing more than a national popularity contest, and request more of ourselves, our media and our representatives?



It's easy to blame the parties, but ask yourself how you would navigate a voting population as volatile as this one?

A population who show more interest in how Paris Hilton's breasts have grown or what Kim Kardashian's latest exploits are than how the country can again lay claim to being the lucky country.

A population who show no patience, no room for error, consideration or change.

A group who simply wield the axe, seemingly unable to tackle issues of substance.

Every gaffe, minor or monumental, is crucified now more than ever, and faceless social media campaigns can snowball into calls for mass political bloodshed.

Two parties have now resorted to asset leasing/sales as a solution to claw this state out of debt, and both have been shown the door, destined for the scrapheap.

Surely we must realise significant change takes time, regardless of what party, or what belief we hold, we can't continue to be so volatile, we will never be 100% happy with any government as there will always be decisions to be made in future that will hurt, that's not to say Queenslanders didn't make the right call in refuting asset leasing.

Without doubt, parties must now realise they need to change the way they interact with their electorates.

Regardless of who takes power in Queensland, and what happens federally, politicians must take note, the public need to be listened to, but equally, we also need to be more articulate, patient, innovative, and prepared to help find solutions, rather than just veto ideas and cut parties loose.

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