There have recently been a number of references to the growing inequality of wealth in Australia. I don't think anyone disputes this.
Most of us, however, like to think of Australia as a land (amongst many) with great equality of opportunity: eg if you're prepared to think something through and have a go, anyone can have an equal chance of success.
But for ever, people have never all been equal.
(I'm trying to here not be too politically incorrect and still make my meaning clear.)
We are all born with genetic differences and these will be enhanced or diminished via our upbringing and our life experiences.
So do we all actually have equality of opportunity in reality?
I don't think so.
Is there genuinely any way we can change this? Should we want to?
When I listen to some talk back radio, e.g., I'm just astonished at the views some people form, god knows from what.
We have some people lauding senator-elect Ricky Muir of the recent excruciating interview, saying "he's just an ordinary Australian so he'll be a worthwhile member of the Senate".
Do you think that's a valid view? Alternatively, do you think that someone being paid almost $200K and there for six years, who has had about six months to prepare, should be able to answer a couple of simple questions about his forthcoming role? If any of such people are going to be participating in the balance of power and whether or not legislation passes, shouldn't they have a few clues?
I don't mean to make this thread political and am just using Mr Muir as one example.
Public confidence is apparently down since the Budget and I wonder why this is, i.e. is it because most people surveyed have determined if it goes ahead then they will be personally adversely affected?
Or is it that the electorate simply cannot warm to Mr Abbott, and would mark him and his party down regardless of what was in the Budget?
We live in a country which is peaceful, essentially well run, with various welfare programs for those who need it, free healthcare of a high standard, and most of the other conditions one would consider necessary for a good life.
Yet there is incessant whining and discontent. It's rare to hear or read a sentiment expressing gratitude for how fortunate we are. Why is this? Have we become so accustomed to being bribed by politicians with ever more freebies that when some of them are proposed to be withdrawn, we stamp our collective feet and rage about how unfair it all is?
I see people out in cafes packed to the footpaths, and walking round eating take away food. Yet apparently we are not prepared to pay $7 to have our health looked after. What on earth is the value system here?
I'd be interested in any views about what I'm feeling frustrated and puzzled about.