Opinion

After 30 years, does Parliament House serve politicians and people?

By Penleigh Boyd
Updated May 10 2018 - 3:15am, first published May 7 2018 - 9:04am

“Buried under a hill in Canberra, our politicians forget what it is they are supposed to do,” declares a recent editorial in a national paper. Although now widely popular to deride our politicians, does it really help to emphasise the low esteem in which they are held by housing them underground? Disparagement of our politicians may be an amusing pastime but, in all honesty, don’t we want a nation in which our politicians hold some community respect? Politicians who can be “looked up to” not “looked down on”. For how much longer can Canberra keep ignoring the “buried under a hill” type jibes?

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