This article by John Daley, CEO Grattan Institute, reinforces the need for reform in our governmental processes if we are to make progress in addressing the challenging issues that we face. “Difficult problems require careful, detailed, well thought out solutions.” ”Good answers take time, depend on an evidence base, and almost always require trade-offs. Often, better policy is a game of inches, which add up over time. We need politicians who engage in this detail, and who are prepared to stare down vested interests and to explain the rationale for reform to the public – assisted by the public service.”
Our nations' democratic will is being held hostage by a
minority group of politicians. This is putting our future national wellbeing at
The Prime Minister “Morrison is saying he won’t make a
commitment when its consequences are not grasped by the public” (Paul Kelly,
The Australian, 18/2/20).
There is a way of the public being well informed over, and
grasping the consequences of, a 2050 Zero Emissions Target: A Citizens Jury –
transparent, informed and deliberative! (The UK and French governments have
already engaged such processes for their citizens.)
Ask your local federal member to support such action!
"NSW Treasurer Perrottet slams Canberra for tax reform drought"(AFR) For just on two decades Australian Governments have baulked at significant reform of our tax system. In this era of policy inertia, produced by a dysfunctional political system that is overly responsive to individual economic and social pressure groups, we need a "breakout" process that defines a "common good" solution.John Key managed to resolve a similar difficulty in NZ by using a "transparent and deliberative process" run with the help of Wellington University. The Australian Government could easily use a Citizens Jury to review and develop a "common good" Australian tax proposal.