Fairfax political journalist Michelle Grattan stated on Radio National last week that Australians are unlikely to take the all-encompassing 'helicopter' view at the next election. And this, despite the 300 pieces of new legislation achieved so far by the Gillard Government under the extremely challenging conditions of a minority government.
Instead of focusing on the overview of this remarkable achievement, these citizens will be bogged down in the detail of one scandalous union funds abuse, the misbehaviour of another high profile government official and the alleged impact of some new progressive taxes on their personal lives.
It has become the fashion to trade negative remarks about the other side of politics but this takes us nowhere. Better to contemplate the advantages of Grattan's 'helicopter view' which is very like the concern of the Canadian political philosopher, John Ralston Saul, about the proliferation of 'experts' in the conduct of affairs in the West.
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