Understand the government before criticising it
THE saying used to go that Canberra bashing was the national pastime.
These days the nation has added the other two levels of government into the equation - however, being enthusiastic about something doesn't make you good at it.
Much of the criticism levelled at the three levels of government - federal, state and local - is way off the mark.
Baseless and unfounded condemnation does nothing to bring about better governance.
Critical analysis of government is an essential part of democracy and one Australians clearly feel strongly about.
While our system of government may be complex and intricate, it's vital people are completely informed about it in order to make valid points.
There's no good in bagging the council, for example, about a road that's controlled by the state.
For the sake of democracy, voters need to be more educated about our political system.