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If I was the Prime Minister

The state of affairs in our country at the moment is in shambles. There isn’t a good leader in sight anywhere. The current government is crap. The Opposition is barely any better. And none of the other parties float my boat. As for our current PM, well, let’s just say if I do ever come face-to-face with him, I might for the very first time in my life be violent.

Given that we go to elections next year, I’m wondering if I could stand as an independent. I mean seriously, I couldn’t do any worse than the current government, right?

While there is just way too much to change, if I was the Prime Minister of Australia, here are some things I would start to do:

Tackle family violence and violence against women: While the current government has provided some funding family violence, most of it is still awareness-based campaigns. With the number of women dying at the hands of a current or previous partner, I think we are all well aware of just how much violence exists in society. It’s time to do something about it. I would make laws harsher so that penalties are imposed and it’s not easy to get bailed out for any kind of assault {against men, women or children}. Gaol time and more intervention for perpetrators is what I’d be seeking. I’d also give more funding for early intervention/ prevention by providing education programs from primary school onwards.

More funding for public mental health services: We still don’t have enough mental health funding and personally, I think the funding is going to the wrong places. Thanks to my job I can’t comment much on that but I would say that I’d transfer the funding to public health services and hospitals so we can have more frontline staff to provide early treatment and management.

More support in education: A lot of kids with learning difficulties fall through the cracks because there is not enough staff to provide them with support. I would love to be able to provide public schools with more funds so that children don’t slip through cracks and can get the help they need. I also think forcing kids to go through till Year 12 is stupid especially for those that are not academically inclined. Having said that, I would like to see more vocational courses as options post-Year 9 so that kids still need to be at school but have options other than English, Maths and Sciences.

Legalise same-sex marriage: This one’s a no-brainer. Same-sex marriage between two consenting adults is hurting no one. I am still baffled at all that’s going on around it. It astounds me that something so simple as passing a bill saying it’s okay for same-sex couples to marry is taking so bloody long. My first day in office would see this one go through.

A better Minister for Women: For starters, I’d make sure my Minister for Women is well, a woman. Kind of a no-brainer. I’d also like to see more women in cabinet. Given that the current benchmark is 2, I’d most likely be able to easily exceed that number.

So do you reckon I’d get your vote for the next elections?

Personally though, the fact that this government got in is not giving me high hopes for myself. After all, I am a woman. I’d need thicker skin than Julia Gillard.

What would you do if you were the Prime Minister of Australia?

Do share!

***Linking with Kirsty for I must confess and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    17 August 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I’m no psychic, but I’m pretty sure TA won’t be back in after the next election …
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    17 August 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I’m no psychic, but I’m pretty sure TA won’t be back in after the next election …
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    17 August 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Looks like the entire world is going to shambles :/

    And so many points on your list are no-brainers (and perfectly applicable to India as well), I wonder what our ‘leaders’ are doing all-day, all-year.

    Twiddling thumbs, probably.
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    17 August 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Looks like the entire world is going to shambles :/

    And so many points on your list are no-brainers (and perfectly applicable to India as well), I wonder what our ‘leaders’ are doing all-day, all-year.

    Twiddling thumbs, probably.
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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    17 August 2015 at 8:21 pm

    The same thing goes on everywhere where Govt sit on their laurels rather than bringing solutions and pitching for more equality.
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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    17 August 2015 at 8:21 pm

    The same thing goes on everywhere where Govt sit on their laurels rather than bringing solutions and pitching for more equality.
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  • Jo Tracey
    17 August 2015 at 8:56 pm

    You know what? You could just get my vote…
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  • Alicia
    17 August 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Yes I would vote for you! You have covered it well. I think something needs to be done about the protection of vulnerable children too. Most of the time nothing is done until it is too late. The justice system needs to pull their head in too. Too many people are getting away with serious crimes with piddly sentences.
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  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    18 August 2015 at 9:41 am

    I’d definitely vote for you. Domestic violence and climate change is also on my agenda for change. As Lydia wrote on my blog, you could pretty much do the opposite to the current government and come up 1000 times better – it really is a no brainer!
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  • Anne@GritandGiggles
    18 August 2015 at 9:43 am

    I do love you obvious have a female minister for women … Wouldn’t it be amazing if the government got things done rather than whatever it is that they are doing. Discussions at our place often revolve around what to do about dole bludgers and such, particularly because we face it every day with our neighbor with a bad back who can still manage to go fishing and lug around old computers to pull apart.
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  • Vanessa
    18 August 2015 at 11:16 am

    Run!! You have my vote. I whole-hardheartedly agree with you on all sides.
    And having had a fill-in job as a psychology practice manager earlier this year, the funding issues of clients, oh man…
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  • Sheethal
    20 August 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I wondered whether you where commenting about Indian govt. Every country issues are almost the same. Only if the governing authorities would use the power in the right way channelizing them to proper route then, there will be some change.
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  • Shantala
    22 August 2015 at 4:13 pm

    A lot of this can be said about India too. Except that the situation there is much worse. And yes, the last 2 points are no brainers really. Whatever is keeping these people from legalizing same-sex marriages is beyond me. I mean some of the arguments that I heard were simply ridiculous. One person opined that by asking for legalizing their relationship they were disrespecting the institution of marriage. I mean, come on. They respect it enough to want to be a part of it and embrace it. Sigh.
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