It's been a gloomy week here, since the implications of our Federal Government's budget cuts were made public. Some of the changes may not make it through the Senate approval process and I live in hope that they won't.
The proposed cuts will affect all Australians, some more than others.
What a government chooses to fund or not fund is always the result of the underlying philosophy of the political party in power. I think everyone understands that.
This week crystallised in my mind what I want in my Australia. It is not what this Government wants.
I want to live in a country that values its people, not one that treats them as leeches.
My country will care and support the weak, the sick and the elderly. It won't treat them with disdain and tell them to toughen up.
I want my country to support the common good and to undertand that this is simply the sum of us. The common good nurtures us all and encourages us to work together within our society to make its networks stronger. It is not divisive.
It is important that we all come to grips with our individual views of our country and our places within it.
What do you want your Australia to be?