We should celebrate and PARTICIPATE IN OUR “messy" DEMOCRACY
“Freedom House, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting
freedom and democracy, reports that freedom across the globe has declined for
15 straight years.""Across a swath of central Europe and central Asia in particular, a total
of 18 countries suffered declines in democratic trends last year, while only
six in those regions saw improvement.""Democracy is messy, but in an authoritarian system the problem is the
lack of messiness. Cults of personality develop, opposing voices with
potentially good ideas are squelched, healthy debates and innovative thoughts
are blocked.”Gerald F. Seib The Wall
Street Journal (Reprinted The Australian - 14/7/21)
Fast and Efficient Establishment Of Commonwealth Run Covid-19 Quarantine Facilities
Political blame-shifting looks to be crowding out common sense in our management of Covid-19.Rather than seeking to build bespoke Commonwealth owned quarantine facilities – with long construction lags and inefficient resource allocation – we should consider the Commonwealth taking over (by lease or purchase) hotels & apartment hotels across the country and managing these using defence personnel. These facilities should have the air management and conditioning systems upgraded to minimise airborne virus spread and structures that allow sound isolation practices. This should give us first-rate quarantine practices across the nation and cut some of the state/commonwealth blame game.
YES AUSTRALIA - We can do it!
Let's put this to a Citizens Jury and push the political class into action:"Big business is firing up voter expectations of a $10,000 income boost through a bold action plan to break political gridlock and create a bigger, more diverse and competitive economy.In a six-tiered policy blueprint released on Wednesday, the Business Council of Australia calls for a modern tax regime, export diversification, open borders, educational excellence, reduced social disadvantage, a robust federation and a clear path to net zero emissions by 2050."Tom Dusevic, The Australian, 30/6/21