SCOTT Morrison makes no secret about it – he believes in miracles.
And says we’ve got a lot of work to do.
It’s online, millions of Australians saw him say it – live on TV.
But as miraculous as his election victory on Saturday was, it was also a far cry from the scale of miracle required to fix some very serious problems we have as a nation – and as individuals.
So many it is hard to know where to begin.
Although in Echuca-Moama water is as good a place as any. Where it’s coming from, where it’s going, and who owns it.
Water is a specific problem, climate is the overarching crisis in waiting – that may not be waiting much longer.
No Australian government, indeed no government anywhere, has done anywhere near enough to even begin addressing a problem too many politicians prefer to deflect, even deny.
If even half the projections are correct the current drought, the millennium drought will pale into insignificance and the only confusion about the Murray Darling system will be where did it go?
What is not so good are some of the other issues we face.
On the domestic front is the cost of power and the despair of householders who can do nothing about it; the cost of petrol and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it and wages that don’t seem to be keeping up.
Sadly there is also our domestic violence rate, one of the worst in Australia and nowhere near enough funding to help address it; leaving too many women and children dangerously vulnerable.
The perennials are still there, health and education. The latest figures say more than 100,000 Australians were unable to watch Mr Morrison’s victory speech – the homeless don’t have televisions.
A subject near and dear to my heart is funding pensions and retirees and coping with the baby boomer bubble. I’m in the bubble and I view with some trepidation the value of trying to become self-funding when governments of all species simply insist on moving the goalposts on an alarmingly regular basis.
Always hovering in the background are the touchpaper issues including immigration, refugees, drugs, white crime and massive corporations using every lawyer and loophole available to not pay Australians the taxes they owe for using our resources.
The miracle, Mr Morrison, will be getting something, anything, done about all or any of the above.
And good luck doing that if you don’t control the Senate — another anachronism someone needs to deal with sooner rather than later.
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