Job done? Not by a long shot!

by | May 26, 2022 | Lobbyland

Despite all the pork and the bias of the Coalition’s media allies, Australians have voted for change; for action on climate and integrity in government, and a better deal for women.

Yet our job here is not “job done”, not by any means. Big money remains in politics, corrupting our democracy, and our story today on Labor and fossil fuels by Callum, on top of of our Election coverage, demonstrates precisely this.

This very day we began to hold the new government to account. The calls were put in, the evidence evaluated, the story written, subbed, produced and posted. A TikTok will follow, etc.

Hopefully, in the election of Albo and Labor, and in the rise of the Greens and climate independents, we are seeing a shift towards greater decency, competence and accountability.

Our role, as proxy for you in communities across the country, is to continue to hold governments and large private institutions to account; to drive further change, to expose corruption and poor governance, to stand up for ordinary Australians.

So it is that we cherish your support, both financial and in simply sharing stories to help us with distribution. We are growing, along with the rise of independent media and independent politicians. This new Third Force we hope will drive Australia’s energy transition and a new accountability in government.

What is the alternative?

What will happen if factional interests rather than people rule this country? The latest horror in the US, the mass murder in the school in Texas, is a salutary reminder. Thankfully Australia moved decisively on guns in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre.

In the US, however, the power of the gun lobby has forced political stalemate. The upshot is there are mass murders every week. Due to money in politics, lobbying, the US government cannot even protect its children at school. In this, it could reasonably be described as a failed state.

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Australia has spoken. Bye Scott.

Michael West established michaelwest.com.au to focus on journalism of high public interest, particularly the rising power of corporations over democracy. Formerly a journalist and editor at Fairfax newspapers and a columnist at News Corp, West was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences.

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