OUR SAY: Political standards slump

POLITICIANS who treat the public as fools in part explains the public's disconnect and search for anything other than more of the same.

They do themselves no favours in their attempts to remain relevant in an increasingly fractured political environment when they reach out in a simplistic manner to appeal often to the lowest common denominator.

LNP Senator James McGrath took to social media to reduce debate about whether January 26 is an appropriate day of national celebration, to an attack on what he described as "feral lefties out typing in their vegan pyjamas".

Whatever your view on the timing of our national day the outburst showed absolutely no respect to those who for a number of legitimate reasons believe a shift of date is appropriate.

Social media may appear a restraint-free zone but politicians would be wise to treat the space carefully.

Equally the community should have a right to expect more from its elected representatives than is apparent in the Twitter stoush now well and engaged between Mayor Mark Jamieson and Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie.

Voters would prefer the energy be put into supporting the region's reasonable expectation that its new tertiary hospital will, like every other tertiary hospital opened in Australia in the past 20 years, come with a full medical school.

Rather than playing the man instead of the ball, elected representatives should be saving the energy and putting it into gaining the necessary additional 15 places.


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