a word or two of advice

Tomorrow marks a very big day in the future of Australia. I won’t tell you who you should vote for as it is pretty darn obvious we need a change. As Tim Freedman said tonight, I wrote this song in 1997, I have never played it under a Labour government, I would like that chance.

A phrase that I picked up from Tim Freedman tonight is this. We have a country that is a society not an economy. Remember that. This builds on something that the Chilean president said “We do not believe in a society of consumers. We believe in a society of citizens”. When did it become the norm for Politicians to spend more time campaigning in shopping centres than they do anywhere else?

At the end of the day Australia is about the people, it is about you, it is about me, it is about of all of us. It is about knowing that the Australia that we talk so passionately about still exists. Bring back the ideology I say.

Vote below the line tomorrow and don’t vote thinking only about your hip pocket. Vote with your brain and your heart. The economy does, will and can look after itself. Vote for what you know is right in your brain and heart about the future of this country, not just the future of the interest rate. Vote for the future of the environment, for a fair go at work, for better healthcare and education.

Vote for something that you believe in. Let us all be citizens again instead of consumers.