Okay, Prime Minister Turnbull, you’ve been the leader of our great nation for 10 days now.
You’ve achieved a considerable amount in this time, placing five women in powerful positions within the Cabinet and proving a little sharper with your words than Mr Abbott already.
I commend you on those changes. But as a member of the future generation of Australians who’ll have to adapt to the decisions your government makes, I have to point out an issue you’ve overlooked: Disabilities.
My understanding of politics, Mr Turnbull, is that every significant sector within Australian politics has a minister attached to it. A face or a voice that listens to, and speaks for, the people — then reports back to you, so that big decisions or policy changes can be made.
So what does it say about the Government and its dedication to equality that there is no Minister for Disabilities?
Sure, you’ve kept the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), but there is no guarantee of success and it’s not suitable for all of us in the first place.
The fact that there is no Minister for Disabilities, Mr Turnbull, suggests that you don’t care whether we have a voice or not. This unintentional silencing of our voices within Parliament and removal of people from positions where they have built understanding and experience has sent a far louder and more ugly message than I’m sure your government intended.