THE BIG ISSUE: ‘I trust anyone other than the politicians’

TRUST is hard to earn and easy to lose.

It seems most of the people we asked had a hard time thinking of just one notable Australian person who they would publicly endorse as trustworthy.

However there was a consensus that politicians can't be trusted - with the exception of Leonie Murray and Nadine Day who said they trusted Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher.

"... he is there for people when they need him the most," the women agreed.

"He was our coach for three years and looked after us girls like we were his own kids."

So why don't we trust politicians and what makes someone trustworthy?

Emily Alexander believes our politicians never keep their word. She said we vote them in because they promise to do one thing but then do something different and she doesn't expect that trend to change anytime soon.

"How can you trust anyone when you can't trust your own government,?" she asked.

But not everyone finds it difficult to put their faith in public figures.

Jamie Tattersall said Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith had his confidence for being genuine, a smart man and "exactly what our Australian boys should want to grow up to be".

Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1996 and served in East Timor and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal for Gallantry in for his actions in Afghanistan in 2006 and the Victoria Cross. This he year took over as general manager at Channel Seven Queensland. So if the Corporal is indeed trustworthy we might see some of his influence filter down into our media, and our politicians?



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