Like climate change, this is not an issue to put off until it seems politically easier. Australian support for the banning of nuclear weapons is long overdue. A statement from Australia that we reject any use of nuclear weapons, including in our own ‘defence’, would have a huge impact in demolishing the perceived legitimacy of these horrific devices.
It’s on! Australians will head to the polling booths to elect a national government on 2 July 2016. Let’s make sure we know what we’re voting for. Here, in one-page essays, we expose key issues our political representatives steadfastly ignore or inadequately address – our ‘elephants in the polling booth’.
From climate change, refugees, how Australia enters war, to our position as innovators, or not, on the global scene – these are just some of the ‘elephants’ we must discuss. Failure to take them seriously will affect the future of our children, our grandchildren and Australia.
Read the essays, share them with your friends and colleagues, discuss the issues, ask your MPs about them. Most of all, let’s insist our political leaders tell us where they stand, so to speak, on these elephants!
The views expressed here are those of the authors, all of whom are Directors of Australia21.
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