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John Pratt's pitch to citizens to vote Labor
Hello. In Like this political ad - or not, I wrote:
"I thought maybe some of you would like to try writing in, say, less
than 200 words, a pitch to people who don't vote as you do and that you
would like to persuade to vote your way. It's an interesting process,
believe me. "
John Pratt, who will vote Labor at the federal election, is the first to take up the challenge. Any other takers?
John Pratt's statement
Australia is facing many challenges, and as a grandfather I want to leave my kids the best possible future.
Science is warning that Climate Change is the biggest threat to our planet, and that we must act now to reduce CO2 emissions.
We are also threatened by terrorism. Even though these issues are global problems, Australia should be leading the way.
On climate change, we have abundant resources. We could be developing alternate energy sources and regulations that decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.
Since 11/09/2001 we have done many things in an attempt to defeat terrorism, including the invasion of Iraq. Six years later, the problem is getting worse. It is time to change our foreign policy; we should withdraw our troops. We should work closely with the UN. Instead of using military force, we should use the money saved to give economic aid to encourage democracy and better government.
On the home front we need a government to protect the weak in our society. The aged, the sick. and indigenous people are all struggling due to lack of funds. The government should be interested in better living conditions for all, not just bigger profits for business. We should not reduce taxes or skite about our surpluses until we have enough hospitals, schools and roads.
Over the last eleven years Australia has stagnated. It is time to change. It is time to rebuild our international reputation. It is time to protect our multicultural heritage. It is time to defend our legal systems. It is time to care for each other.