We are yet again seeing the lack of integrity of our
politicians as the Prime Minister breaks an absolute promise made in seeking an
Increasing taxes on people’s hard-earned income by stealth
is dishonest, yet all politicians continue the practice. One that continues to shrink family budgets and the incentive to work hard and get ahead.
Australia needs a nationwide discussion of broadscale tax
reform. A discussion that draws the community together to agree on a tax system
that is equitable and able to fund the society that we wish to have.
Australia - as with many other liberal democracies - has a problem with TRUST!Loss of trust in our institutions and their leaders continues to wear down our social fabric. Continued flagrant lying by our politicians (including Prime Ministers) is just one example of why institutional trust is at such a low ebb.For the sake of future generations, we need to reverse this situation.Establishing and broad community support for an Ethics Institute would be a significant first step in stopping the rot and re-building trust and the compact that underpins our social fabric and order.
Constitutional Law expert and Scientia Professor George Williams
has proposed another exciting idea for Australia’s governance. That is, to
explore the opportunities our constitution offers and that the conventions with
the Crown provide for selecting and appointing our Governor General.
Prof Williams raises several interesting issues
regarding the potential powers of the position and alternative ways of
selecting and appointing a Governor General.
Public discourse over these issues could catalyse
community interest in our country’s governance and help us evaluate options for
constitutional refreshment and our head of state's role, status and powers.