The column never ceases to be amazed by the depth and profound sense of the authors of letters and emails who are collectively dismayed by the humbug from those we have elected to lead us, so very badly as it turned out - mostly in the last two decades, and especially in the last six years.
In the past fortnight, a number of pieces of correspondence hit the column's desk that we share with you today, because they underline the appalling state of politics in Australia.
To a large extent the messages indicate the sad state of major parties themselves, and the fact that neither officials nor MPs of those parties rarely speak with voters. If they truly bothered or cared, then perhaps in one noticeable instance we might not have the frightening situation affecting our nation's aged. The current tendency of these modern-day politicians to offer their "thoughts and prayers" - the melancholy garbage that makes me nauseous each time I hear it uttered. It's an indication they are taking the easy way out and are not genuine about resolving the issues.
So, to the first of several letters to the column this past week, by a successful businessman who has been a Labor voter most of his adult life and has lived in a regional town in the seat of Riverina for much of it.
He writes: "Hope springs eternal in politics, and perhaps someone in the electorate will see an opportunity and grab the bull by the horns, either with Labor, or more likely, as an independent or even the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers." The same, the column advances, might be said about most regional Australian electorates.
The writer continued: "I'm pessimistic about Labor's chances in rural and regional areas of NSW at the next state and federal election. The ICAC donations inquiry is not yet finished. Albanese and Jodi Mackay are OK but neither is going to make a difference outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong and the federal review has provided some guidelines for next time, but failed to address the factionalism and the abundance of talentless party and union hacks.
The two-party system that has served the country well for over a century is looking very tired.
"Overall, the two-party system that has served the country well for over a century is looking very tired. Many people now vote for whom they consider the lesser of two evils" - the worst possible reason for doing so, the column notes.
The writer said he's shocked to see how unprofessional NSW Labor is, a reference to the recent scandal in Sussex Street, but things in the Coalition are probably worse. For instance, why wasn't Barnaby Joyce stripped of party representation after his appalling leadership of the people he was chosen to represent, the farmers and people of the Murray-Darling, and vitally, control of water.
The writer ended on this note: "I'll keep looking for that new movement (within or outside the Labor Party) and an inspiring new leader. They'll need to be centrist, pragmatic, aim to unite the country and looking out for the powerless".
A former federal public servant, now retired, wrote: "The whole fabric of our nation is being torn apart, simply put we have no control over water except by corporate buy ups or people in Queensland and NSW inappropriately managing water. No government has even questioned this possibility (or fact) in regard to the benefit for the nation about stealing water.
"We must get rid of this state sentimentality and move rapidly to strong regional growth. Get rid of NSW - that is, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong - priority. Transfer water controls to federal jurisdiction and reinvent all aspects of how we run this country."
The last point was seized upon also by a former corporate executive, now retired, who wrote: "We need to articulate exactly what economic system we want, or have (not what party hacks think we should have, the column's comment). Efficient, equitable or a mixed economy where private enterprise does its thing tempered by the public sector looking after the activities that are better left in the public domain (health, defence, police and - the column adds - public transport) ... we have sold off strategic assets under the guise of 'asset recycling', lost our sovereignty (and soul) rendering our country unrecognisable."
He concluded: "We are a lot further down the food chain with this lot of second-rate politicians, as Donald Horne once called them."
The search for first-class parliamentary representatives must start today.