THE POSITIVE SIDE OF POLITICS
Over the weekend I had dinner with my family in Brunswick. As is known to happen at dinner tables in Brunswick, the modern state of politics was discussed with a solid dose of progressive banter.
As one might expect, my family conveyed their displeasure in the performance of our Prime Minister, the latest scandal facing President Trump and the general doom and gloom of global politics. At a macro level, it’s hard to disagree with this rather dim view of the current political landscape. But in a world mired in cynicism and negativity, last week presented a reminder of the true beauty of politics at the grassroots level – the everyday benefits that governments deliver to regular people that don’t make the front page.
As a former political staffer, it was my experience that these smaller announcements are what really motivate politicians and their staff to get out of bed. Reading a positive story about a policy you have had a hand in creating is nice, but seeing the joy on a person’s face and hearing about how an investment the government has made will deliver real change is unlike anything else you experience.
Last week the Prime Minister announced $12 million of new funding for Paralympics Australia. This money will genuinely change the lives of our paralympians and the administrators that assist them to achieve sporting glory. In the broader context of government spending, it’s tiny dollars, but if there was a measurement of lasting impact of government investment, I would wager that this is one of the most important grants given in the six years of Coalition Government.
The announcement itself was not political. It made no mention of the opposition but instead focused on the importance of the Paralympics and the government’s commitment to supporting our paralympians to reach Tokyo 2020. The announcement was supported broadly across social media, news outlets and politics and, was a true demonstration of the positive impact politicians can have on the community.
The political world can be so negative, it’s nice to reflect on some of the great things our politicians do.
Sean Sammon – CEO
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