With the equilibrium not being so ‘equal’ within politics, it would seem that everyone is scrambling to get on the anti-bullying bandwagon. But is it more about becoming the most popular politician and political party rather than changing their ways.
Bill Shorten, our opposition leader believes there is ‘too much bullying in federal politics’. Apparently, Mr Shorten would like all Members of Parliament to ‘behave better.’ Would he like to lead by example? The way he behaves on camera is appalling. Obviously, he is not the only one.
The threat on members of the main political parties is, ‘tow the company line or you’re out’.
Love her or hate her, consider the treatment Pauline Hanson received when she first entered politics. Whether you love her or hate her is not the point. She was mistreated. She was bullied and belittled in a massive and very public way. Why? Well, you can say whatever you want but she was saying things that a lot of Australians were thinking but too afraid to verbalise. She was not a ‘professional’ and ‘hardcore’ politician when she first stepped into the ring with the ‘big boys’.
Ms Hanson was ‘an average person’. She did not play by the ‘big boys’ rules’. I believe they resented that she managed to get into parliament in the first place. Especially, without a university degree and any hob-knobbing. For crying out loud, she owned a fish and chip shop! Now that was a threat to the ‘politic of politics.’ Ms Hanson was continually being attacked not only by the politicians but also by the media. They ridiculed her and always went out of their way to make her look less capable of being in the position she was in.
Keep in mind, Pauline Hanson, truly represented and achieved what every ‘ordinary’ Australian was told they could not achieve. Every ‘standard’ politician wants you to believe that they are capable of representing the Australian people; their local electorate; they, and they alone are capable of representing your needs; and yet they do not seem to comprehend the ideals, the struggles, the values of the ‘average’ Australian. Many of these politicians that ‘understand’ what the average Australian wants, attended private schools. Some of them attend very elite, private schools. Some were born with the proverbial ‘silver spoon’ in their mouth. Along comes this woman with, not a great deal of education, some very basic business knowledge, and the ‘big boys’ get their knickers-in-a-knot. Stunned like a kangaroo caught in a spotlight.
By all historical accounts and a lot of secondary research, it would seem that the ‘boys in Canberra’ were planning how to exterminate this threat. After all, Hanson did not want to play ball with them. Instead, she wanted to represent her constituent and the greater Australian population. She voiced many beliefs that so many Australians had wanted to voice but were too afraid to do so.
I would be inclined to believe that it will take a ‘Christmas miracle’ and /or a very cold day in hades for these bad, bad pollies to change their behaviour.
Bad Pollies is a six part series written by Rielle Moises – riellemoises.com.au