Governments can avoid waste and community distrust by following an evidence-based policy process
the dark on solar
The Victorian Auditor-General has found the state government’s signature
billiondollar solar rebate scheme has yet to produce evidence it benefited
consumers or reduced carbon emissions.
In a scathing report, Andrew Greaves said the program was launched without
a business case and insufficient consultation with industry and without
considering whether there was any need for government intervention in the solar
He said the launch of the $1.3bn 10-year Solar Homes program failed to
grasp and mitigate the obvious risks of excess demand, market reliance and grid
REMY VARGA - The Australian 25/6/21
Listen, evidence-based formulation, communicate, implement with excellence, reflect
Prof Thomas Picketty's work on voter alignment demonstrates
the continued fragmentation and movement of voter support between Australian
(Report by Troy Bramston, The Australian 19/6/21)
This unravelling of the bases of the 2 main parties, Labor
and LNP, was all too predictable as they have both become so inward focused and
have lost touch with their primary role in implementing ‘common good’ outcomes
that the broad community can support.
A great opportunity exists for the party who
re-connects across the electorate through broad-scale active listening,
evidence-based policy formulation and communication, and then action, focused on faultless implementation.
Our liberal democracy can work better with process change and evidence-based policy development
“Competent government is a beautiful thing to
behold. So much militates against it“… in modern-day Australia.
“Politics also offers a venue for the playing out
of ancient tribal bonds. Large minorities will ally themselves with a political
party for life – although today this attachment is diminishing. The bond is
visceral and not compromised by poor performance, corruption and mediocre
Putting the focus back on "common good solutions"
that the majority of the community support, via inclusion and evidence-based
policies, rather than political party dictate or individual ego drive is what
THE KINDNESS REVOLUTION
“How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire
"…If we dare to dream of a more loving country – kinder,
more compassionate, more cooperative, more respectful, more inclusive, more
egalitarian, more harmonious, less cynical – there’s only one way to start turning
the dream into reality: each of us must live as if this is already that
country. If enough of us live like that
- and in turn, demand our elected representatives embrace those same
values and aspirations – change will come. Revolutions never start at the top.”