Representatives need to know what we want

Former Attorney General Nicola Roxon.
Former Attorney General Nicola Roxon. ALAN PORRITT

IT HAS become a national sport to knock our politicians as out of touch with the community and only interested in what serves their own ambitions and power, their party or donor mates.

However, how many people take the time to let their elected representatives know what they think or need?

The report the World Trade Organisation may uphold Australia's right to enforce plain packaging of tobacco products is very welcome news.

The legislation will have significant repercussions for many generations as lives are saved from the scourge of nicotine addiction, not only in our country but worldwide.

This crucial health initiative is a great credit to the then Labor Health Minister Nicola Roxon who drove the policy through parliament against the odds in 2011.

Ms Roxon is a great example of a politician who has made a difference.

Most politicians will say they nominated to "make a difference", some do, and some fail and just become seat-warmers.

We need more representatives like Ms Roxon and we should be letting our politicians and aspiring politicians know what we as a community expect and hold them to account.


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