Recently I have been reading a book about people who has shown great political courage. Early on it discussed the types of people who go into politics. Some people do it to attain power. Some do it because they see it as an easy well paid position and they have the ability to receive party pre-selection due to money or business connections.
Then there are the people who do it because they believe in the role. They know that as a parliamentarian they are both servants of the people and carers of the nation.
For me, it is certainly a passion.
A hunger which I have had since I was a child starting to understand how governments are meant to work. This passion and hunger has been tempered through a range of various jobs leading up to being the principal assistant to a state member of parliament.
I truly believe in South Australia as a great state. And I truly believe that Australia is one of the best, if not the best, country in the world. A blend of closeness for many levels of trade while enjoying sufficient isolation to avoid many of the effects of international economic toxicity.
South Australia, and Australia for that matter, is in a fortunate position. We have resources, we have the ability to produce quality products and produce.
But this is something that doesn’t happen automatically, without care or management. At the same time the overseeing of the nation has to ensure we are not exploited. This is certainly an important role for our elected representatives.
The role of government is to monitor how the country and world is moving, care for the interests of the people, the planet and our economic viability.
Importantly part of the role is to listen intently to the people and provide informed guidance so they can take advantage of the latest ideas and technologies.
Personally, I believe part of the role of government is to oversee an Australia where we are proud of our lifestyle and proud of our place on the world stage.