Election Day Queensland will be a day for me to remember conversations about Mum’s transitioning back into the work forces, how many creative people live in Murray Upper (potters, artists, and writers) and telling true inspiring tales of my Mum from Papua New Guinea.
It will also be a day to remember the enterprising nature of P and C Mums who have spent the last day baking cakes to raise money for their kid’s schools.
I love talking with Mums who are further along in the process than me, especially as I have a teenager who is going to be at university soon. It is comforting to gain some prior advice and speak with people who know what I am going through right now.
There is something about the teenage years where youth enter a time of growth, freedom and identity formation that is their future. Parents are learning how to be wings beneath wings and let their kids fly into their futures without making too many mistakes. We’re both safety nets, coaches, and needing to let go parents and sometimes we need a team of community mentors to help us through this time.
Being a youth in the country has its own special challenges and its important to understand these when you live here. One being employment opportunities for young people if they want to remain living in the country.
Country MPs lead an interesting life, and the best make it to all the local community events. They open fetes, exhibitions, launches, and stand up for schools losing their music programs or dental vans. Once they are there and active it is hard to imagine them moving on very often as people become used to people they trust being there.
It is less about politics and more about being a part of the community. If only all governing was done more along these lines then we might have a country where cynicism about political processes and parties began to diminish.
Does all governing need to be tied to the idea of partisan politics? Should it be more about principles, consultation and good governance? What do you think?
(c) June Perkins