“Change we can believe in” thundered the Obama campaign. “Hope” he offered, and even “Yes We Can”.
Here in Australia, during the 2007 campaign, our leaders were too shy to use inspiring words like “change” or “hope”. We rallied to the slogan “Kevin 07”.
But that did not mean that we did not yearn for hope, or that we did not believe in change.
Yesterday we saw the announcement of a federal election on 21st August. Labor leader Julia Gillard mouthed her mantra "moving forward" over 2o times in her speech. What does she mean by "moving forward"?
- hard work,
- the importance of respect and valuing other people,
- and "most importantly, the transformative power of a high quality education".
Moving forward will mean a carbon tax on polluters, bringing home safely Australia's troops from Afghanistan, a universal dental care scheme, humane treatment of asylum seekers in Australia, protecting our forests and wildlife
- our relationship to the environment - sustainability;
- our relationship with other nations - peace;
- our relationship with each other: including giving the community power over the decisions that affect their lives - real democracy - and encouraging generosity and tolerance towards all sections of our society so that the creativity of our community can flourish and find its full expression - human rights.
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