The QLD Floods: Is the Political Rhetoric helping people rebuild their homes?

Queensland Floods - Rebuilding (Thank you to Martin Howard from FLICKR)

Does finding Scapegoats repair the damage done?

It is very sad to see what happened to the poor people in QLD.  What is amazing about this situation though is that the disaster really brought out the generosity and strength in the Australia public.  “The Clean-Up” Army, the Volunteer donations were all amazing things.

It was also great to see that “Looters”, “Raiders” and “Greedy Profiteers” of people’s suffering were dealt with in a swift manner.  Those people are extremely “Un-Australian” and it was only a delight to see them get what they really deserve.  I just only hope that they are punished to the full extent of the law.

I would imagine that there are not many countries in the world where people are as generous as Australian’s and would contribute so much to helping “Complete Strangers”.

Similar to Hurricane Katrina, we now are seeing the real aftermath of Political Rhetoric coming out from both sides of Politics, The Government, Insurance Companies and the like.

Like many Australians and Residents of our country, I am not too happy with the Flood Levy that’s being imposed on us by the Federal Government.  Like the great Neil Mitchell and Julia Gillard interview I share some of those sentiments.

It’s not about the money – hell, I would gladly pay a lot more than what the government is asking for a Disaster Fund of some form.  Like many people I have spoken too, it’s not about the money being paid – it’s that:

– We don’t have the confidence that the money would used productively to support the QLD People.

What has really been bugging me (and lot’s of people lately) is that the focus has been “Oh, we need more money – let’s just Tax the Australian Population again”.  To make this even worse, the NBN is still going ahead and the cuts are being made to programs designed to improve the Ecological & Environmental situation in Australia.

I am a very strong Liberal Supporter and lately I have really started to agree and align myself with the perspective of the Greens.  I never really used to be a Greens supporter, however I honestly have to say that they have really stepped up to the plate and are oddly enough becoming a voice of reason in the current Minority Government we have.

What’s even becoming amazing is that it appears relations between the Coalition and the Greens are really starting to thaw.  Honestly something I never would have expected to see! No amount of “Positive Thinking” would have created this – it’s obviously a reflection of deeper values overlapping. What I really think is becoming sad is that like many things in politics, the eye is coming off the ball of the QLD People and it’s just becoming a “Hurricane Katranish” political battle about protecting polls and one’s position.

Political Discussion is great and it’s good to see that something is being done to help the Queenslanders, however it would be great if less focus was on “The Polls” and “Political Protection” and more on the poor people that need help. Touch wood we will see some action soon – and let’s hope that if we are taxed, it actually goes to helping the Queenslanders!

Political Rhetoric – it’s great when you “Stop Being Positive” and start to see through all the junk. There needs to be action to help the people, not action to help the polls!

[Edward’s Notes Years Later: Oh yeah! Tony Abbott is Prime Minster and Times are rocking and so glad to have the silly Labor and Greens out of Government.  Good things come to those that wait and patience just rocks I say!]