The system is fundamentally sick and broken. There was a time when politics was treated as an honoured profession, but that time has now passed. After decades of dishonesty, of ridicule by the media, and shameful opportunism and cynicism on both sides of politics, I and most people now treat politicians and politics with contempt.

The biggest problems in Australian society, the things that cause hardship and distress for people, tend to be relationship-based. They are social issues, not economic. The treadmill of work and the endless accumulation of material goods have not necessarily made people happier.