LETTER: Time to get back to work
THE outcome of the federal election is not want Australia wanted or what Australia needed, but the outcome is what it is.
It is up to the major parties to accept it, get on with it, and in the spirit of democracy, endeavour to work constructively with whoever they need to in the new senate to make it work.
Make it work as in having a functional senate - not a dysfunctional one like we have been saddled with for the past three years.
Compromise is needed on the part of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to be open to modifying their ideological stance on certain issues. As well as overall being much more open to negotiation with the senators who have been elected or reelected to reach a workable consensus on key policy matters.
There is no reason whatsoever to have any fear that most senators outside Coalition and Labor ranks, ike Nick Xenophon, Derryn Hinch and Jacqui Lambie are unreasonable, uncompromising, ideologically unpliable and not open to consider other valid, even at times opposing ideology and policy viewpoints, and won’t pass lower house legislation accordingly - if it stacks up and is in Australia’s and Australian’s best interests.
It is hogwash, that was the spin which Turnbull and Shorten whipped up pre-election to try and spook Australians away from voting for what was mostly a mixture of very credible micro-party alternative in the senate.
Senator-elect Derryn Hinch has already signalled his great desire to work constructively with Nick Xenophon and his NXT senators, who are very likely to number three.
Tasmania’s Jacqui Lambie, since her Palmer United Party beginnings, has matured a lot and has grown in the role of senator, and is now quite a measured and thinking politician, and is no longer the loose lipped, shoot from the hip scatterbrains she was when she first entered parliament.
So just because Pauline Hanson is now in the senate doesn’t mean it can’t work. It can - it’s up to Turnbull, or Shorten, to meet the likes of Xenophon and Hinch half way where it’s needed to get legislation passed, and above all, be happy for the power they have attained, not bitch and moan and pour scorn on all senators for the power they don’t have.
TIM BADRICK Toogoolawah