It’s election campaign time. And even though my new job is going to prevent me from being as involved as I have been in the past, I am sure that it will still be a hectic experience for myself and the thousands of people who will volunteer on campaigns for The Greens this time around. I know many people have been hard at work preparing for this campaign for a long time.
In many ways I am glad to be free of the stress, sleeplessness and hectic pace of an election campaign. In the next 5 weeks I will be able to spend time with my friends, sleep and even cook meals for myself. These are the little luxuries that I know a number of people won’t be able to enjoy in the next five weeks. But strangely, I will miss it.
Watching Adam Bandt’s campaign in Melbourne, I am amazed at the drive and sense of purpose that the campaign has. Everyone knows how important it is that Adam remain a caring voice in the lower house and Melbourne is proud of all that he has been able to achieve in his first term. It will be a shame not to be a part of the campaign to return him to Parliament.
Watching Christine Milne’s press conferences on the first two days of this campaign I am constantly reminded why I am a Green. I am reminded why standing up for what you care about matters and why it is important to vote for what you care for. I am constantly amazed at the depth of her knowledge and her passion for creating a caring and fair Australia. And listening to her speak, I am convinced that she is the right person to make it happen.
This is a leadership team that inspires me; these people make me want to not sleep, stress and more than occasionally curl up in the foetal position on the floor at 2am because I just have so much to do that now I have forgotten what it all is. But there are so many amazing volunteers and staffers that are going to do all that for me and I know they will do an amazing job.
By now you are probably wondering about the picture up there. This picture is the reminder I need in the middle of a long, sleepless and stressful campaign about why we are all doing this. It reminds me that if any of the Greens MPs that are up for reelection lose their place in Parliament, Australia would lose a voice for humanity, a voice for the environment and voice for our future. This picture reminds me that there are so few voices like that in Parliament we can’t afford to lose any of the ones we have.
And I know there are volunteers and maybe some staff who are about the embark on their very first election campaign. So when they are drinking their 200th cup of coffee for the day, I think they should remember this picture too.