Political Campaigns Just Sales Promotions

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Political Campaigns Just Sales Promotions


WHAT people fail to realise and forget is that the government works for us, the community.

They are to ensure that what the majority wants, or what the majority thinks is better, is put into place.

We pay them, we feed them, but in return, they lie, they waste money, they abuse their power, and take what they can, just like a greedy businessperson. We have no power over them once in, and they stumble around looking busy, spending time in parliament name calling and playing childish games.

They write their own policies that ensure that they are well looked after both now and in retirement, even if they have not changed a thing that they promised to change whilst they were in power. Bob Hawke to win the vote said, "There will be no child living in poverty in 1990a. Well guess what, there still is, yet he sits back enjoying all the luxuries and retirement funding that we tax payers provide him.

Despite the media hype they portray, the qualities necessary to be a successful politician are painfully obvious. Becoming popular with the public needs a credible appearance or promising values and a good memory so to remember words written by someone else. Political campaigns are just sales promotions.

The amount of money and trees wasted on these campaigns is not justifiable, and worse they are paid by taxpayers, is that fair? The emphasis on winning the next election makes addressing community problems irrelevant, and for six weeks they focus on no public concerns as they are too busy selling themselves.

We must be getting sick of hearing the same old promises, that if they win the election, they are going to better the country and fix major problems like schooling, hospitals, transport.

This shows that because there are still real issues, no other government in history has solved them. It would be nice to hear a politician say, well we are well on the way to fix schooling, hospitals, homeless and transport, as we have spent 30 years working on it, so what else can we focus on.

Is it time for politicians to be punished if they fail on their promises? Well I think so.

Politicians can make too many false promises that they know cannot be done, thus they should be put on trial to prove they did everything in their power to change whatever they said they would promise to do. If the trial proves they failed, they, like a CEO, should be gone without benefits.

Oh yeah, I don't vote because I don't want to, so fine me $100, as it can sure go towards an overseas a[approximately]business trip' for a backbencher.

MARK DONNELLY,

Currawong Drive, Highfields

Don't hold breath on political promises

WELL the Redcliffe rail link is promised yet again to arrive in the next couple of years.

It has been promised by every political party now since 1908.

At this rate Toowoomba should get a Range crossing by at least 2070. Aren't we all so excited? Don't hold your breath though. The people of Redcliffe know that.

GARY PORTER,

North Street, Toowoomba

Funds meant for workers' rights

I WOULD like to know why the unions are allowed to use union funds to support the Labor Party in their election campaigning.

This money is paid by workers from many different industries and they are not all Labor Party supporters, and it is not supposed to be for this use anyway.

As far as I can see this is theft of money that is supposed to be used to protect the rights of workers.

GLORIA GASKE,

Ross Street, Millmerran

More demands mean higher taxes

BE CAREFUL of what you vote for. At the risk of stating the obvious, the Australian Government has one source of revenue a taxes.

More demands for higher government spending will create higher taxes.

Everyone pays taxes, no matter who they are. All borrowing eventually has to be paid for. …

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