Mr Alexander, chair of the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities, supportsa proposal by Reserve Bank governor Philip Loweto run major infrastructure funding like monetary policy, at arm’s length from the government.
Ministers would still need to sign off on projects but non-partisan experts would be responsible for deciding which major projects deserved funding.
This would give voters faith that infrastructure projects were based on advancing the national interest rather than short-term political calculations.
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.