As Australia Day fast approaches and we consider how best to celebrate the life we enjoy in this country, spare a thought for two groups of people who must be questioning whether we do live in “the lucky country”; victims and their families dealing with the aftermath of alcohol and drug fuelled violence and those dealing with the desolation of drought. For those involved; both will take a long time to recover from and both will require decisive action from government to address.
How un-Australian is the coward’s punch? Equally though, how fitting and Australian, is this new name for an act perpetrated by spineless people who have probably never had to be responsible for their actions or choices in life.
I wonder how long these individuals would last if faced with the day-to-day, soul destroying slog of feeding and finding water for, or worse still having to shoot, starving stock.
Some “fair-dinkum” challenges of the real world where we are not only responsible for our own behaviours and actions but also acutely aware of the well-being of those around us, might just bring a dose of reality and reinforce the notion that we are all dependent on each other for something.
Let’s hope that the politicians, charged with changing laws to ensure that the punishment fits the crime and with the ability to provide further assistance and support, have a “fair crack” at something meaningful in both instances.
The rest of us deserve a “fair go” too.