As I watched the inauguration early this morning, I sensed something; something I hadn’t felt for what seemed like ages. I guess it is cliched hopefulness but also confidence that things will get moving, cringes will go unfelt and that pettiness might go out the window. It is so hard to find a word … but then I remembered the last time I had felt these type of things.
It was just under a year ago that the new PM apologised to the stolen generations in a ceremony that captured the nation. We don’t have many of these moments but I wrote about what I was feeling at the time and the word was “pleased.” Having listened to the speech today, I am pleased again.
But it also got me thinking about why I haven’t been so pleased for the past year. It is not simply that circumstances in the world have changed so markedly. No, what I am displeased about is that sense of engagement that the new government brought in the first couple of months of its term seems to have gone. The government today does not seem as engaged with the community. It has adopted a position of standing back. Something more managerial. Maybe that is appropriate for the circumstances, I don’t know. Nonetheless, the cost of that is a feeling of distance. Its something to think about. For the moment, time to update my Facebook status.