…lucky boy! I have called in twice now, to register my opinion on different matters.
The first time, my comments on the proposal to overturn the laws preventing territories from legislating to legalise euthanasia were duly recorded by one of his advisers on a feedback form, and I was assured that “John” would take my opinion seriously – indeed, I was told, the first thing he had asked his electoral officer was “what does the community think?” I hope that he thinks the same way as my part of the community! however I doubt it – he is a very conservative person from all accounts- I did suggest that he might like to consider my opinions as being representative of the other over 65s in the electorate 🙂 (worth a try!). I guess we’ll find out if he does when he votes FOR the motion!!
The second visit was to let him know that I’d like him to consider my view when the proposal to legalise “gay marriage” is put before the House. This time I spoke to another staff member. I had my 11 year old grandson with me and had only gotten as far as “Gay Marriage” in the subject line, when SHE gave ME the benefit of HER opinion – along the lines of :’what a waste of time – wouldn’t you think they had more important things to worry about than getting married, why would they want to – who’d want to get married – the best thing I ever did was getting rid of my husband etc etc’ and to my grandson: ‘don’t ever get married, blah blah blah ….’. This continued loudly at full pelt for quite some time before I could talk over her to tell my grandson to take no notice – he can make up his own mind about marriage when he’s older. I did manage to get a word in to tell her that I had a gay daughter and felt very strongly that she should have EQUAL rights with the rest of the population, notwithstanding the laws relating to de facto relationships (which she pointed out to me in case I didn’t know). My grandson piped up here and wanted to know ‘who’s gay?is that Auntie Jill?’ I said no, Auntie Cathy and he corrected me with ‘but she’s a lesbian’ – as my long departed father would say “out of the mouths of babes and suckers”! I received a bit more opinion from the staff member before I managed to interrupt again and eventually have my opinion recorded.
I have absolutely NO CONFIDENCE that my MP will think as I do on this matter – if a member of his staff, the office manager as I learnt later, is not able to record in an objective manner, a dissenting view from her own, I can only imagine with despair the “behind the scenes” discussions in that office.
PS Maxine! Where are you??
PPS I’m assuming that these votes will be conscience votes – but still hoping that some rational feedback will help sway the conscience of my pollie, “John”.
PPPS Do they reveal who voted how?