We need to "...all play a role to lift the standard of our national politics; to protect and promote, rather than destroy, important community values of respect, accountability, fairness and tolerance; to confront the sexism and misogyny in our political discourse; to keep the focus on global science, climate change and other important policy issues; to challenge media 'group think'; and to reject vitriol and abuse as some kind of 'new normal'". This is a call to arms from the Victorian Women's Trust in their new document A Switch in Time. Have a read of the document here (http://www.vwt.org.au/initiatives-25.html).
Here's a few of my favourite quotes:
"A stable, robust, healthy democracy such as the one we have created in Australia does not of itself possess magical safeguards or protections. These lie with every one of us ... It is also up to us to be on the alert for the emergence of system 'faults' that require attention and threats that could result in the erosion and weakening of our democratic institutions and political culture (pg 1)."
"Democracy works best when the common good is respected at all levels - governments focusing on policies and programs that assist wealth creation as well as enhancing fairness; opposition parties preparing viable policy alternatives; the media providing impartial and substantive analysis of issues; and a voting public that is well-informed and engaged (pg 2)."
"The relationship between the one hundred and fifty Federal MPs and by extension their communities is the foundation block of our national system of democracy - not tabloid owners or other powerful interest groups or individuals. But for this relationship to work properly, MPs and their constituents need to engage with one another constructively and respectfully (pg 52)."
And no well crafted pamphlet is complete without a Dr Seuss quote:
But now, says the Once-ler,
Now that you're here.
The word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you
Cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.