A politician is someone who 'knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.' Welcome to the most cynical Federal Election in Australia's history! Every day voters are bombarded with price offers from both sides of politics - talking the pork so as to win the votes of electors who are no longer whole beings but price-conscious consumers.
It gets worse. These offers are being made from billions of dollars of surplus tax revenue which are largely derived from the export of carbon emissions. An unsustainable economy delivering rapid growth at the expense of global social responsibility. Meanwhile the domestic public value of health, transport, education and social justice is eroded by a consumer choice-economy which is not asked to address our needs as citizens of Australia, just the price at which these services are provided.
The Federal Labor Party will discover on 24 November the downside of Kevin 'R2Me2's' failure to put value squarely before price (despite today's protestations) because it really doesn't matter who is elected. This is a Coles vs Woolworths election; the 'super-store me' of political obesity. Where to from here? As Whitlam said 'It's time'. But not for a 'me too' Labor government.
It's time for a new political framework built on the passions and values of people who know the current political framework is as dead as last week's special offers at the mall.