Canberra's aversion to real work

Our politicians have been happily doing policy acrobatics, attacking visa holders and economic thinkers while throwing pies at each other. None of this falls under the category of 'work'.

All work is honourable, as Mahatma Gandhi liked to say as he took his turn cleaning the ashram toilets. But if one accepts that noble ideal, then are our politicians really doing any ‘work’? Because there has been very little that’s ‘honourable’ over the past week in Canberra.

The current round of cynical, empty politiking began with both parties trying to quietly boost public funding of election campaigning – then running a mile when public outrage, expressed through the media, engulfed them.


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