So, this Australia Day, let’s demand more civility in our politics and of ourselves. We can start by accepting that compromise is not the same thing as corruption. By accepting that ideology can instruct and define as well as it can obscure and injure. Let’s ask that we treat each other as adults. Let’s have the humility to recognise when your political counterpart wants the same outcome as yourself, but disagrees about how to achieve it. Australia is a wonderful place, but it’s wonderful in spite of its current politics. Let’s build our future with intelligent leadership, rather than pretending we’re doing the same with cliche and rancour.

McKENZIE-MURRAY, MARTIN - A New Shade of True Blue, The Age 26 January 2012