posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 03:35 AM
I have voiced my disapproval over these proposed laws on a number of threads, but there is a factor which I had not previously considered which I feel
bears further discussion. Clearly, a number of Australians are opposed to the implementation of these new laws. Many of us consider them to be counter
to the spirit of this nation as well as doing little to actually counter the threat of terrorist attacks against Australia or her interests. However,
it appears as though the laws are going to be passed with little or no alterations, despite the voices raised in protest over such an action.
As an Australian, it seems to me that our representatives no longer reflect the wishes of the people in these matters and others besides. Yes, we
elect our representatives to ensure our safety and to make decisions in our stead. However, surely when a great many people voice their outrage at a
Government decision, our representatives should at least pay such concerns the attention and respect they deserve.
I am reminded of the mass protests prior to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary, everyday Australians protested our
Government's role in that action, yet the Government paid such protests no heed, saying that they would in no way shape Government policy or
decision-making. Now, I supported the invasion of Iraq, but I think that the Australian Government is beginning to lose sight of who exactly works for
who. There is a difference between being a leader and being a representative, which is what our politicians are supposed to be. I do not elect someone
to lead me, I elect them to represent me.
Clearly, protesting the introduction of these new laws will not serve to change Government's mind or alter their decision to do so. My question,
then, is: If dissenting voices are paid no heed and if legitimate, legal protest has no effect on Government and if Government is determined to
introduce controversial laws despite rational, reasoned concerns being raised against such an action, what avenues do we as Australians have left to
us to influence Government decision-making or to voice our disapproval? Because, in my opinion, when a Government rejects the concerns of its citizens
to carry out its own agenda, we cease to be participants in a democracy and they cease to be representatives. It appears as though the Australian
Government views itself as a shepherd and us, its citizens, as naught more than sheep.