A CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL GIVES A PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE
Once again, It looks like holistic tax
reform will not be progressed for fear of meddling by the Senate. The Senate continues
to act more as a block on elected government action than as a house of review.
The only way we can reform the
Senate is through Constitutional change. Public cynicism about our politicians,
and their motives, has resulted in continuous failure of referendums for change.
A Constitutional Council,
populated with Australians of high integrity and trust, should be established to publicly
promote change and draft any required referendums.
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.