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Australia can “democratically” move to a 2050 Zero Emissions Target
Our nations' democratic will is being held hostage by a minority group of politicians. This is putting our future national wellbeing at risk. The Prime Minister “Morrison is saying he won’t make a commitment when its consequences are not grasped by the public” (Paul Kelly, The Australian, 18/2/20). There is a way of the public being well informed over, and grasping the consequences of, a 2050 Zero Emissions Target: A Citizens Jury – transparent, informed and deliberative! (The UK and French governments have already engaged such processes for their citizens.) Ask your local federal member to support such action!
18th February 2020 by Glenn Barnes 0 Comments
(2 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)

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17th February 2020 by andrewcrawfor... 1 Comments
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TAX REFORM a great opportunity to use "Deliberative Democracy"
"NSW Treasurer Perrottet slams Canberra for tax reform drought"(AFR) For just on two decades Australian Governments have baulked at significant reform of our tax system. In this era of policy inertia, produced by a dysfunctional political system that is overly responsive to individual economic and social pressure groups, we need a "breakout" process that defines a "common good" solution.John Key managed to resolve a similar difficulty in NZ by using a "transparent and deliberative process" run with the help of Wellington University. The Australian Government could easily use a Citizens Jury to review and develop a "common good" Australian tax proposal.
17th February 2020 by Glenn Barnes 1 Comments
(2 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)
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Transparent "deliberative processes" to determine the common good is what we need!
"In other words, parliament should do its job properly rather than choosing the lazy path of enacting deliberately unclear laws." (Janet Albrechtsen 12/2/20).Our government is using Royal Commissions, regulators and the courts to try and change things rather than governing.It is clear that our parliament cannot effectively find consensus that represents community views on multiple issues. Political gaming has overtaken fact driven process and policy.The time has come for Australia to follow the enlightened examples coming from other countries, and start using community based "deliberative democracy" processes to transparently determine the "common good" for challenging policy issues!
14th February 2020 by Glenn Barnes 1 Comments
(2 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)
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A broader land tax to replace stamp duties on property?
The NSW Review of Federal Financial Relations, led by businessman David Thodey, is releasing a consultation findings document
11th February 2020 by IdeaSpies 0 Comments
(2 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)
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A quick win opportunity exists for politicians to start rebuilding public trust
Rapid bipartisan agreement and legislation of: 1) A federal integrity commission and 2) Public funding of elections - with legal limitations, and transparent real time declaration, of donations to parties and individual politicians would start the rebuilding of public trust in our government system.Both major parties have made public comments on the desirability of both these moves but failed to move forward with legislation. They would not tolerate such delays by other organisations outside the political system! Ask your local member why!!!
6th February 2020 by Glenn Barnes 2 Comments
(3 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)