‘United we stand, divided we fall’. It’s a well-known slogan. We’ve heard it all before, but perhaps Bill Shorten, the guy who has just lost the ‘unlosable’ election should have spared a thought or two for those words over the last few months.
Indeed so confident were the betting agencies that one of Australia’s largest, Sports Bet were so sure that Labor would win the election they paid out on Thursday for a Labor win, losing $5.2million in the process. Every poll, every survey, every voter and least of all the man himself thought Labor would win and win easily the Federal election. But on Saturday night as Scott Morrison, said: ‘Miracles do happen’. Bill Shorten and the Labor party lost and lost big. The Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison was re-elected. Labor was left decimated and destroyed, wondering what went wrong. Their supporters and those of the Greens were quick to take to Twitter and social media to call Australia and Australians among other things, ‘uncaring, greedy, racists, and irresponsible on climate change’. The words were harsh and cruel and no doubt if the tides had turned, those same people would have been espousing the virtues of all Australians instead of slinging mud. None of it was pretty. But here’s the thing. It’s called Freedom of Speech and thankfully our brilliant country allows such comments to be made without fear or retribution. Or at least we hope.
Despite those who did take to social media I truly think that most Australians don’t believe in divisiveness. We don’t want to be lectured about the big end of town. We don’t want the ‘have versus have nots’ pitted against each other. We don’t want to engage in class warfare, or indeed warfare of any kind. At the end of the day, we are all breath the same air and share the same community. We are one. Years ago, and some of you may be too young to remember this, Mark Latham another former Labor party leader tried to divide the country with similar talk to that of Shorten. Like Shorten, he lost and he lost big. You see, you just can’t go negative. We don’t want to hear it; we don’t want to talk about it. We want everyone to rise, to be empowered, to do well. It’s part of our culture, our mateship. It’s who we are. And so on Saturday the 18 May 2019 the Australian people, the rich and the poor, the have and the have nots, the big end of town and the small end of town, the farmers, the greenies, the old and the young spoke up. We have that freedom. That luxury to belong to a country where our government is democratically elected, for the people, by the people. And as we watched in disbelief as the numbers started to come in, and Labor began to fall and the Libs began to rise I thought one thing. We don’t want to be divided. Any person or government whose talk pits an Aussie against an Aussie will never succeed. We want to be united, we need to be united and as the results ultimately showed most Australians seemed to think the same.