Here's a request to the new government:
Please bring back a sense of colour and life to Australia. Not in a 'oh wow, it's a brave new world' sense, but in a real, tangible and profitable sense.
I don't know how many of you have noticed (probably lots of you, since it's a Canberra kind of blog) that in the 11 years of grey old Howard, the public service went grey as well. Every government department was forced to abandon its individual logos and colour schemes, and to take up a plain government logo. Solid and dependable.
I'm not advocating a huge waste of public money. Let it happen slowly, carefully. But I'm sick of black and white signs, blue and white signs, silver cars, white cars, grey cars, black cars. And that bloody boring logo, everywhere in Canberra.
Let the departments have a makeover; give some graphic designers some work (not me, thanks), and let the country's government look fresh and colourful. Make up some fun names for things. It's all symbolic. Bring back a sense of fun. Then maybe that will encourage people to start revamping their own lives, and making things sustainable and effective.
New broom, and all that. Let's make it so that anything standard and boring is just 'so Howard' in a very negative sense.
As you were.