The election campaign and its outcome has given us all a good opportunity to vent about all that we dislike about our politicians and, to a lesser degree, our society.
I'm not sure this thread will generate much interest, but I'm wondering if it's time to shift our focus to all that functions well in our part of the world and the benefits we enjoy. I think I have started to think about this a little more as a result of being rightly pulled up on my assumption in another thread that if Saudi women didn't like how their society treated them, then they could just leave. Thanks to those who have corrected my naive assumption.
But it has made me think about all the freedoms we enjoy here in Australia.
Our laws allow us to do pretty much as we please as long as we don't infringe on the rights of others.
When we went to vote last Saturday, I realised how efficiently the AEC handle the voting process. It must involve huge organisation. We know that the results will be delivered to us at the end of the voting day, no small feat.
In the street where I live there is an elderly couple who do not drive.
They can access a personal transport service which takes them wherever they need to go for a nominal cost. This is government funded.
There is also a free Council operated bus which picks up from and delivers to any home address and goes to all the major shopping centres.
Despite our (justified) criticism of our health system, amongst the poor service delivery and dodgy explanations by governments, there are thousands of people receiving good treatment every day. Just a few minutes ago I heard a news report of two people being airlifted to a major hospital following a car accident. This seems to happen most days.
There are problems in our schools. And HECS fees are far too high.
But education is available to everyone and considerable effort made to accommodate and help those with learning difficulties.
These are just a few examples. I'm hoping others can come up with more.
Just an attempt to try to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.