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Politicians in Australia to small business retailers: don’t do as I do, do as I say

Mark Fletcher
November 3rd, 2017 · 6 Comments

The federal parliamentarian dual citizenship mess in which we have found ourselves here in Australia for months now shows how politicians treat themselves as elite, special, compared to common folk, the voters who vote them in.

While we in small business are highly regulated, subject to audit and penalised for even simple honest oversight, politicians refuse to permit themselves to be subject to the same.

While individuals are highly regulated, subject to audit and penalised for even simple honest oversight, politicians refuse to permit themselves to be subject to the same.

The moment the first dual citizenship question was raised, an ethical leader keen for democracy would have ordered an immediate full audit of the status of all politicians.

We are bereft of leadership for everyday Australians in Australia.

For months major party politicians have spun their wheels on the issue of dual citizenship and refused to agree to the type of audit that is regular for us in small business. For months they have said politicians should self regulate on this issue while at the same time imposing challenging and enforced regulation on small businesses and on individuals.

Shame on us for allowing your politicians to get away with them setting a standard for their own behaviour that is lower than standards they vote to impose on regular people.

The one party that has provided leadership on this issue is the Greens. From the outset they called for an audit. The are right. Yet their call has been mocked, especially by the government side of the parliament. This side of the parliament that is in control, in leadership, has eschewed leadership and instead engaged in puerile games.

They must think we are fools.

There ought be an audit of all federal politicians immediately, no matter the disruption or the cost.

Section 44 of the Constitution is not new. Its provision have been known for decades. It is easy for anyone to determine their status. Whether they do this comes down to how they see themselves compared to how they see the peril they serve.

We the people deserve honest leadership, leadership that is transparent and for all people, leadership that submits itself to the same standards and level of regulation as they impose on those they serve. We do not have this in Australia at the moment.

Every day, we see small business retailers squeezed by regulation, while at the same time, right now, seeing politicians refuse even basic regulation. This double standard has to stop, for the good of our country and democracy.


Category: Ethics · Leadership · Social responsibility

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Colin // Nov 3, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    As a resident pom, I find the whole saga mind boggling lying ridiculous. None of 8 are non Australians by any rational interpretation. The law appears to be an ass and no fit for purpose.


  • 2 Mark Fletcher // Nov 3, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Sure, but the law is the law and has been for ages. Politicians need to be as accountable as they demand individuals and businesses are. Double standards. Leadership is needed.


  • 3 HENRY HENDERSON // Nov 3, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Here’s a great idea that is sure to appeal to the government. Let’s have another $120,00,000 plebiscite to tell our LEADERS if they should make a decision or avoid the question.


  • 4 Mark Fletcher // Nov 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Henry it would not surprise me if that idea crossed their minds. What we need is good leadership.


  • 5 Jim // Nov 3, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    No mention here of recent alna awards?


  • 6 Mark Fletcher // Nov 3, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Jim this post is abut the citizenship issues. I’ve not written about the ALNA awards as I do not have any information.


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