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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016
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A koala in the undergrowth near Bridgewater. Photo: Kayla Migalka.
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root out plant
On the trail of plant thief
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Oh, what might have been
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As 2016 draws to a close it is an appropriate
time to look back on the year that was and
ponder what lies ahead.
Sadly, the highlights seem to be
overshadowed by some dark clouds.
It is hard to feel uplifted when images of
atrocities in Syria spring so readily to mind.
This appalling disaster leaves the darkest
stain over the year.
Once again much of the world has stood
by and dithered as thousands of innocent
people have been killed, murdered in cold
blood, raped, orphaned, made homeless,
disabled and had their lives destroyed in a
struggle for political power.
It is the little people who have paid the
Perhaps it is no coincidence that so
many Western communities have grown
disenchanted with the status quo and
stopped listening to the rhetoric of the
political elite and sought answers elsewhere.
The Brexit vote in the UK in June was a
stunning result which seemed to leave much
of the nation, if not the world, in shock.
It is suggested that millions of people
satisfied themselves with a protest vote simply
to thumb their noses at the establishment
which was steadfastly supporting the ‘stay’
Then July’s Australian Federal election
a double dissolution called at a time of
the Government’s choosing to cement its
position – almost turned into a disaster as a
similar theme emerged.
Again the population moved away from the
establishment in droves with a staggering
45% of people not voting for a major party
in the Senate leading to the ‘second coming’
of Pauline Hanson and the rise of the NXT.
And the US election last month dished
up Donald Trump, a candidate the ‘experts’
said would crash and burn after he was
dis-endorsed by most of the respected
power brokers in his own Republican Party
and whose outrageous statements were
ridiculed across the world.
But what those ‘experts’ and political elites
didn’t have was an accurate understanding
of the little people – the voters – who, once
again, showed the establishment they’d
had enough of the old ways and wanted
something different. Anything, really.
Nobody knows what lies ahead in 2017 but
let’s hope our politicians heed the lessons of
this year and start leading by listening.
After all the word democracy evolved from
the Latin demos (the people) and kratia
(power or rule).
What a year!
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