by Christian Bentley
It is easy to notice that we have two Coalitions in this country, as the ever so observing Mr. Abbott so politely feels the need to whine about to every corner of Australia.
But who cares? Both are incompetent. Both are unwilling to change for the better. Both are old, both are obsolete, both are clueless, and both are so desperate to cling on to every and any form of power that they have left, so much so as that they'd sell their souls to keep it.
I may not be the most knowledgeable of all, and at 17 I may not be the most experienced, but forgive me while I espouse my generations most noted notion of 'not giving a shit'. I do not need to waste half my life earning some pointless degree in the tertiary education system to know the difference between good government and bad, to know the difference between a lie and the truth, and to know the difference between a good politician and a bad one … wait, scratch that, all modern politicians are 'bad', down to the very essence of their beings, and all are less likely to tell the truth than the Pope is to come out, move to California, and marry his life partner.
If I could hold your attention for just one minuscule moment, dear adults, may I perhaps put forward to you the fact that we, the youth, do not want your prejudices. We do not want your way of life. We do not want to be so unreasonably obsessed with the ridiculous notion that we must be controlled by notes of polymer and coins of metal that are backed by bricks of shiny gold. And frankly, your insistent preaching and attempts to thrust it unto us is, to a degree, incredibly insulting.
We are above you, in almost every way possible. We care no more about whether our friends prefer penis to vagina, or vice versa, than we care about the colour of their skin. We care no more about their accent and culture than we do about the length of their hair or the colour of their eyes. We do not, in all seriousness, put any amount of worry or hatred on the fact that two people of the same sex want to spend their life together, joined in the most human way possible: marriage. It is ridiculous that the two major Coalitions are so intent on holding onto such antediluvian and archaic thoughts and notions.
Let them marry. Let women earn equal wages. Let teenagers vote. Let go of your disgusting, old, unwanted, embarrassing and horrid hatreds and fears and inhuman prejudices.
We are all of the same species, regardless of gender, rank, colour, orientation, religion, or creed. The same red blood flows through ever vein and artery of us all and the same feet propel us on our journeys through life.
My generation are the people that will one day inherit your mistakes and wrongdoings, and, truly moving forward, without hindrance or worry or hesitation, break down the barriers you all have so happily and stupidly built between mankind, a feat you achieved with a little help from Ignorance and his ally Prejudice. We will inherit this Earth and all her shortcomings, and one day, in your old age, you will thank us for the world that you live in, you will thank us for the equilibrium et homo that will exist in the future.
You so constantly beat us down at every attempt we make to grow up, as if you are desperately intent on holding onto your last vestiges of power. Here's a newsflash for you, folks, YOU'RE OLD. You don't know how to keep up any more. You don't know what we want, because you never ask us.
We want fibre optic broadband, because we realise the immense benefits it will supply to us in the future. We want same sex marriage, because we don't want to see any more of our friends commit suicide because they think they're going to grow up in a world where to be different is to be condemned. We want to stop mass immigration and instead focus on the people that risk their lives in sinking boats just to make it to our shores, instead of letting in a never-ending torrent of people whom can afford to catch a plane and buy a house. We want windpower, we want nuclear power, we want geothermal power, we want tidal power. We do not want coal and the stains it leaves behind on this incredible planet of ours, something we realise as being our one and only home.
So please, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Bob Brown; take a step back, and look at the big picture. You're old. What kind of country do you want to leave behind for your descendants?
Kick-start the processes now and we'll carry it on when it's our turn.