"With the loss of trust in our political institutions and
politicians today, we need a political summit to build consensus on democratic
reform and the restoration of trust. Such a proposal, if carefully explained
and implemented, could produce real political and policy dividends for its
advocates and more importantly, for Australia.
“Democracy” has been narrowed down to a view that it is only
about elections and not about well-functioning institutions. the highest
The Federal Treasurer is now in the important stages of
preparation for his May Budget. As he does this, he needs to address a
structural deficit and chart a path back to the surplus required to reduce debt
accumulated during the COVID shutdowns. Additionally, the growing costs of the
NDIS and an ageing population need to be funded.
There are significant political hurdles to overcome in
making the hard revenue and spending choices needed to overcome the structural
deficit. Only through effective engagement of the population can the hard
decisions be made in a way that neutralises the political risks.
Albanese’s Labor Government is having an extended honeymoon.
The Liberals are still agonising over losing power.
Both parties suffer a “relevance deficit” for most
Australians. They represent dogma driven by left vs right historical positions,
labour vs capital, and conservatism vs progressive. Their structures and processes reflect the last
century’s society and cannot collect, digest and build community consensus on complex
issues effectively enough to serve the best interests of today’s Australia.
Australia needs a party that can lead open and broad community
dialogue, listen and then present evidence-based policies to the electorate
that meet the “common interest” test.