I feel completely let down by the election campaign. There has been little in the way of passionate debate about nation building policy. Little discussion of what is important economically for the whole country, as opposed to select special interests. Little to boost consumer confidence from any of the major parties. Little in the way of a vision for the future of the country. And, little in terms of encouragement for small business beyond some tweaks at the endges.
We lack strong political leaders in Australia, conviction politicians who even though you may not like their politics you do admire their leadership.
Right now we are in the middle on considerable structural change in Australia in terms of our business mix and natural resources revenue. We are also in the midst of tremendous structural change world-wide, in retail as well as more broadly in economies – just look at some of the European countries. These challenges need real leadership for the good of the country, beyond partisan politics.
I’m disappointed that this election is not presenting me with the quality of leadership I’d prefer.