eric wrote:Just off the top of my head.
Paul Keating left school at fifteen to become a clerk at the NSW electricity commission.
Rob Mitchell was a mechanic, and RACV man.
Kate Lundy was a construction worker.
Dick Adams was a meat worker, the most entertaining man in Tasmania and for a time was the fastest milkman in Lyons....
Peter Garrett was in a rock band.
Mike Kelly was a soldier for twenty years.
There's teachers as well. The ALP might be chockas with Union types, but they are mostly politicized tradies.
Even the Libs have people that have had real jobs. Not sure about the Nats, the old joke is farmers send the kids they don't trust to run the farm to Parliament.
eric, you old true believer you
thats about 6 names out of maybe 1000 politicians who have served since keating was around.
first lot to go would be the senate. we dont have a senate in qld. might have even saved us a bit of money
here's a few words of wisdom from a grass roots organization noel pearson is a member of
For more than a century, political parties of both Right and Left have presided over a steady shift in power away from individual citizens towards large corporate and state institutions. In the process, both Left and Right have become defenders of these powerful corporate, institutional and provider interests at the expense of relatively powerless individuals and families.
In government, Left and Right have administered legislative and regulatory regimes that favour large corporations over small business; providers over consumers; professionalised and incorporated entities over informal associations; funded quangos over independent self-help governance; and impersonal litigation-prone rules and regulations over personal and communal responsibility. As the initiators and administrators of these regimes, the two major political machines (Labor and Liberal) have become instruments through which powerful corporate, institutional and provider interests uphold and preserve their dominance over society.
Over the course of this century-long shift in power away from individual citizens to large institutions, the two major political parties in Australia have ceased to be mass participation civic organisations. The membership of both Labor and Liberal parties is in sharp decline - the membership of the Liberal Party, in particular, is in free fall. In place of mass civic participation, both parties have developed a managerial culture in which an ever diminishing number of professional operatives use a combination of spin, media advertising, and the donations of corporate interest groups (increasingly property developers, gaming, alcohol and tobacco companies) to sway electoral opinion as required every three years in what they now call the 'electoral cycle'.
A professional political class, comprising operatives in both machines, now acts like every other specialist professional group, erecting barriers to entry by non-specialists and non-professionals, and widening the gap between itself and the general citizenry. Membership of parliament is now largely restricted to union officials, political staffers and labour lawyers on the ALP side, and political staffers and commercial lawyers on the Liberal side. Both machines collaborated in 1923 to make voting compulsory to ensure that even the most disillusioned voters are still required to turn out and vote against the machine they dislike the most.
The result is that political power in Australia has become concentrated in the two major political machines in ways that would be unimaginable to the writers of the Commonwealth Constitution and the architects of the Westminster system of government. Parliament is no longer a forum for public decision-making it has become simply a venue for the ruling political machine to announce its activities, and a venue for the opposing political machine to declare its opposition until the next election comes around.
and heres a link from tony fitzgerald who is a very respected qld lawyer and ran the fitzgerald enquiry
http://www.partnerships.org.au/library/ ... gerald.htm
when the grass roots and the QC"s are saying similar things i think we have a problem.
and pollies shouldnt be able to lob straight into a career as lobbyists after they retire...very naughty