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Set up a Constitutional Council to sort out our Federal Conundrums
As we wrestle with the challenges of Covid-19 the weaknesses inherent in our federation are being clearly seen. These weaknesses have been present since 'federation' in 1901 but have been amplified by various legislative, legal and administrative actions. Our state and federal politicians are not willing or able to resolve these issues.     A Constitutional Council of esteemed Australians, not involved in daily political life, should be permanently established to develop referendum proposals to overcome the lack of clarity in federal, state and local government responsibilities and other changes needed so that our constitution reflects the requirements of contemporary Australia.
28 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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NOW is the time to re-set Australia’s federal structure
Getting the right balance between local, state and federal responsibilities for revenue and services would make Australia a stronger and more cohesive nation. “Rather than have an all-powerful unitary government, federations offer the advantage of several governments operating closer to their constituents. By rights, accountability is enhanced and sub-national governments can learn from each other.” ...“The empirical evidence from around the world is also strongly supportive of federations. Federated countries consistently have outperformed unitary states in terms of the key economic parameters, such as gross domestic product growth, unemployment and the like.”Judith Sloan – The Australian 20/7/21
21 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Referendum rules need reform before we vote on a voice
“…current rules for holding a referendum are archaic and ill-suited to modern times. Fortunately, parliament has begun work on this through a new inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.”  The Australian 19/7/21 : George Williams - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales The sad truth is that our politicians are not trusted enough to be in charge of an issue as important as Constitutional Reform. Our country needs a Constitutional Council outside the political sphere to undertake such important reform now and into the future.
19 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Want to Rebuild Trust? Focus on Values, Facts and Decisions for The Common Good
"The closely watched Edelman Trust Barometer’s half-year update reveals a rapid decline in trust in government, business and media...The level of trust in government in Australia (52 per cent) puts it below the average of 14 global counterparts (56 per cent), but still above the US, which sits at 48 points."The Australian 19/7/21
19 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Data Trusts - new data consent framework?
Are data trusts practical and more effective to manage the complexity of data sharing & privacy requirements?Some interesting thoughts from MIT - some of this thinking/ approach was piloted in EU/ UK recently, and back in 2017 Google's Sidewalk labs tried it out. Could we be ready for data trusts now?https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1017801/data-trust-cybersecurity-big-tech-privacyimage credit: MIT
17 July 2021 by Daniella Trai...

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The key to keeping ahead in business is to be open to new ideas
The key to keeping ahead in business and ready for future disruptions is to be open to new ideas, says David Gonski AC, Chancellor of UNSW Sydney."As business leaders around the world continue to adjust to the unprecedented disruption brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic, embracing new ideas and planning for bad times is more important than ever.”His future-proofing insights are offered under these headings:1. Run your business with a long-term view2. Improve the future of business with R&D3. Consider how much capital you need4. Your choice of staff is vital – as is caretaking corporate memory5. Seek diversity within businesshttps://www.businessthink.unsw.edu.au/articles/future-proof-business-david-gonski?
14 July 2021 by Lynn Wood