Australians are about to vote for a new government and many of us are disillusioned by both major parties. I got up this morning with a sense of disappointment and indifference towards the leaders of both parties and remembered this photo I took in Kuching in the company of Alfred and Bill.I remembered clearly the expression of the vendor- an expression most suitable on how I feel about the election since I might have to choose between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum(b).
I enclose part of today's editorial from one of our reputable papers. I have included the email address if you want to read the article in its entirety.
Australia needs a government with a vision for the future
August 20, 2010
The Age election editorial
Neither of the major parties should be proud of this campaign.
FEW election campaigns have produced such a dispirited response from voters as the one that is concluding today. In the five weeks since Prime Minister Julia Gillard asked the Governor-General to dissolve Australia's 42nd Parliament and issue writs for an election of the House of Representatives and half the Senate, neither Labor nor the Coalition has managed to inspire those who must choose between them tomorrow. How different is the national mood now from what it was three years ago, in November 2007, when Kevin Rudd led Labor into office, ending nearly 12 years of conservative rule under John Howard. Then, the future seemed bright with possibility as the new government embraced policies that changed the nation: signing the Kyoto protocol on global warming, apologising to the stolen generations, ending the so-called Pacific solution to boat arrivals. The opposition, too, seemed to embrace the new mood, at first tentatively under Brendan Nelson, then more assuredly under Malcolm Turnbull - though the discontents that would see Tony Abbott replace him as Opposition Leader last December quickly became apparent.
What ended this sense that the nation was focused on the future? The global financial crisis cannot be blamed, for Australia emerged from it earlier, and stronger, than almost any other developed economy. Nor should the failure of the Copenhagen conference on climate change be made a culprit. The notion that Australia should respond to other nations' unwillingness to tackle what Mr Rudd called the greatest moral challenge of our time by doing nothing itself was a counsel of despair; politicians embraced it out of timidity or exhaustion, not necessity. Finally, the reappearance on the horizon of boats carrying asylum seekers was accepted by both parties, in deference to xenophobes in marginal seats, as a problem, even though boat arrivals have always been a tiny fraction of total immigrant numbers. The debates on asylum seekers and population have been allowed to blur, distorting both.
On all these areas of national policy, the Labor government seemed unable or unwilling to contest mistaken assumptions and prejudices, while the Coalition, especially after Mr Abbott replaced Mr Turnbull, seized every opportunity to fan them. And, after Labor walked away from the greatest moral challenge of our time by shelving its legislation for a carbon emissions trading system, Mr Rudd's popularity, and the government's, waned, leading to his replacement by Ms Gillard.
This election campaign has been conducted in an intensification of that mood of disillusionment…
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agjika (3616) 2010-08-19 18:32
Very nice photo, lovely compostion and sharpness but it is the title I love the most. In reality though there is probably more choice in this photo than in Australian Politics (I take your word for it). There are various ways in which you can spot "red and sweet" water melon, such as by knocking and listening to the sound, pressing with your hands and see if you can hear a cracking noise or by looking at size of the "navel" at the bottom.
I definitely know more about the good melons than about Australian Politics!
macondo (18623) 2010-08-19 21:07
Brilliant summing up of the whole situation, with great title and excoriating note. At least we here in the seat of Melbourne can vote with some hope of success for the local Green - an uncut melon, the great unknown? Something different anyway. The vendor looks like a stunned mullet - a far-away look suggesting the unbearable combination of profound resignation and wistful longing. He's seen inside just too many melons to feel that there will be something different.
Pleasingly symmetrical picture reflects the true nature of our plight.
jhm (141307) 2010-08-20 3:47
The man shows excellent his products as salesman.
You took a very good image, colors are very nice.
Composition and presentation are pleasant for look at. TFS.
holmertz (42831) 2010-08-20 14:11
The salesman doesn't look too happy of the situation either. I believe the choice in Australia is not really between two "red" solutions, but I get your point. There seems to be a lack of visionary politicians all over, judging from the cynical lack of interest in solving our common problems.
At least the melons look good, and this is a fine composition.
AKITA (15125) 2010-08-20 18:57
impressive red and big watermelons, look so sweet,
but the shop keeper looks very tired...
and back city view is cheerful to my eyes,
now in Japan, infrared device teaches us the sweet degree correctly all about fruits...
but the first impression is really great of course,
thank you for your wonderful shot,
abmdsudi (44844) 2010-08-21 1:21
Interesting capture from u this time, If I am given the opportunity I'll choose both, the melons I mean.
They looked very tempting and red delicious. Nice rich primary colors that draw attention, but i feel that the vendor doesnt look so reponsive. Superb daily shot, thks for sharing and hv a nice wkend
bukitgolfb301 (36742) 2010-08-21 7:58
Hello my dear Klaudio
So nice snap shot. Your note is very interesting too.
Splendid bright fresh color too.
Perfect stable framework and very well organized composition as usual. Congratulation on your great job, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!
Best regards, Takero
raszid62 (18585) 2010-08-21 8:28
This intense red halved watermelons very eye-catcher. On a hot day there is nothing better to quench their thirst. Great composition and great sharpness.
papera (14000) 2010-08-22 2:34
reading your note I was thinking that politicians worldwide must get their excuses form a common repository of idiotic cliches - what the articles mentions about Australia can be said of many countries here in Europe, too.
I was watching the news yesterday and listening to Mrs. Gillard's speech - a copy and paste of our politicians here.
it's not only "who" we have to choose, but "what" - what am I exactly voting for, these days? and why does it seem impossible to have a new generation of politicians? I used to be a believer in the right/duty of voting, but honestly I don't know anymore. voting the lesser evil is not an option anymore.
having said that, I think your photo matches exactly your note and the bright colours it displays are a metaphor of all that's glamorously packaged nowadays but has ultimately little content and bears no difference form other shiny packages.
s_lush (16134) 2010-08-27 11:19
It was a very clever idea to post this curious photo as an illustration of the interesting texts about election campaign in the note. The picture is very well taken and has obvious philosophic implication. Perfectly good job!
pablominto (53744) 2010-08-30 3:16
I love how the scene is set up, with the vendor between the shining red fruit halves!
Maybe he should cheer up a bit too, as the customers usually are more attracted to a smile hehehe, only Elvis got away with an expression like this...
Happy Election - even if it is over by now...!
Vasa (16778) 2010-09-13 13:31
ako se ja pitam, ti moraš ostati sa nama. Dao bih pola galerije samo da se družimo. A ovde u Kuchingu možemo podeliti jednu veliku lubenicu. Da zažmurimo i da pomislimo da smo na Jadranskoj obali.
Kako god, živ bio!!
batalay (35875) 2010-10-10 10:37
Like a pair of brilliant red chop marks, the watermelons catch the eye. They look delicious. But in mid-August when you posted the photo you were still grieving about the lack of choice. Lesser of two evils, unhappily, has fueled so much of our voting decisions. The seller here is indeed symbolic of all this. But, was it have to Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dumb that won the election?