Fighting to restore his party’s reputation, NSW Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos is pushing to promote more hopeful issues in the parliament’s agenda.
When both parties are being accused of scare mongering, Mr Sinodinos believes there’s a “hope deficit” among Australians.
“At a time when the Australian people lack confidence in their own economic circumstances as they deal with the financial stresses resulting from cost of living pressures and job security concerns, it is time for hope to be restored,” he said two weeks ago during an adjournment debate in parliament.
The way to promote hope Mr Sinodinos believes is with good policy that engenders positive change and a healthy outlook for Australia. “It is about how we conduct the process of public debate and engage in a national conversation on the issues that matter.”
Mr Sinodinos said his “overwhelming duty as a parliamentarian is to be a purveyor of hope” and that the Australian “public crave authenticity in their leaders.”
“They may not always agree and it is not a sure road to popularity, but the public respect a capacity to stand up for principle,” Senator Sinodinos said.
Politicians pursuing reforms needed to “build a constituency for change. Not reform by stealth but standing in the marketplace of ideas and selling the case for change,” he explained.