This morning I listened to a great podcast by my local Federal
member, Dr Andrew Leigh, on the politics of love:
Late as I am to listening to it, I have to say I'm inspired by it.
It's made me see clearly one of the chief problems we have in the
world - that a lot of politicians (and, to be fair, across the
spectrum of politics) make it about Us and Them, it's all about
hating the people that they disagree with. As Dr Leigh points out,
Parliament (and no doubt at both State and Federal level) is the only
workplace where it's considered normal - even required - to shout
insults and abuse at your co-workers. In that environment it's very
difficult to get any progress, because everything becomes about "not
giving in" and kicking them while they're down.
But as so many people have observed, hate only begets hate. The only
way you end hate is with love. The only way you end fear is with
acceptance, not with more fear. I'd support that kind of political
Thank you, Andrew Leigh, for an excellent and inspiring speech.
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