A better process for Governments to make major decisions
Independent research has found common ground on what is good policy making in Australia. There was clear agreement that there is most scope for improvement in government decision-making by using cost/benefit analysis, designing a rollout plan in conjunction with a policy statement and issuing a Green Paper to elicit public feedback before announcing a major policy decision in a White Paper.
When change is required, the government of a democracy
should seek the ‘common good’ solution - one that appeals to the majority and
is least problematic to others.
Reform in Australia is inherently challenging as the ‘politics’
at both state and federal level can de-rail change, even if majority community support
Tax Reform in Australia has been held back for too long by
political wrangling and manoeuvring.
Our politicians should put their egos aside and seek
community input to determine a tax reform package that is viewed as a ‘common
good’ and then get on with implementation.