NOW IS THE TIME to determine “what kind of a nation…we want to … bequeath to future generations.”
“But the post-COVID world, if poorly managed, could
usher in a vastly different Australia racked by social division based on access
to secure, meaningful and rewarding work in sufficient measure to support a
family, a lifestyle and maybe the opportunity of home ownership.
The discussion we should be having now isn’t so
much how do we recover from the pandemic but what kind of a nation do we want
to rebuild and bequeath to future generations.”
Concerns are being raised about a new model for selecting a President
put forward by the Australian Republic Movement. These highlight unintended
consequences of moving too quickly in changing to a “Republic” model.
One key issue that is unclear, is what people expect an
Australian President to do!
Perhaps the President should be the champion of the
Constitution as Chair of a Constitutional Council, that advocates for an
effective and contemporary Constitution. The balance of the role could be clearly
defined in terms of official and ceremonial responsibilities - and the
requirement to avoid any political or partisan activity.