Seize the day voters.
We have endured an intense six-week election campaign marked with hectic travel schedules, contrasting policies, speeches, debates, candidate withdrawals, laughs, promises and even a few tears. Today is the day we nominate who we believe should lead our country moving forward.
The primary focus of my articles over the past six weeks has been leadership. As we step into the polling booths, my hope is that at least part of your decision is based on the leadership capacity of the person who would become our next prime minister.
An essential characteristic of courageous leadership is vision, and I continue to lament the lack of vision articulated by either major party leader. Furthermore, it is disappointing that even when we were treated to glimpses of a vision, it was not backed up with policies that reflected that vision.
I want a prime minister who looks well beyond the next election cycle and considers the impact of their action (or inaction) 10 or even 20 years down the track. I want vision and policies that made a real and long-term difference to our nation; not pork barrelling or quick-fix options to win votes.
There is no doubt that two issues of great importance to the Australian voting public are the environment and the economy. My view is that Bill Shorten has the better environmental capability and Scott Morrison the better economic capability. If neither major party owns both of these policy areas, then which is more important to you?
There are so many more elements at play when it comes to who will make the better leader.
Who would you like to lead us during a time of crisis, whether it be economic, political, terrorist etc?
Who has the courage to make the hard calls in the best interests of the country, rather than those most popular? They aren't always the same.
Who do you trust? There have been many big policies and big dollars thrown around this election campaign. Who is most likely to deliver what they've promised?
And it's okay to be parochial here - who will best serve the needs of our local electorates? Of Tassie?
This election is tipped to be one of the closest for a long time. It's a prime opportunity to make our votes count.
Vote 1 for true leadership.
- Tony Chapman is a Launceston-based Director of SRA Corporate Change. SRA Corporate Change focuses on unlocking the potential of organisations and their leaders to cultivate high performance through strategy, leadership and culture.