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With a little bit of organisation, Australians can increase their shares of power in democracy
Australians are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic well. But they aren’t dealing so well with what has been identified by noted epidemiologists like Professor Michael Marmot as an “epidemic of disempowerment”. In the face of the biggest challenges like climate change, growing tensions between global powers and growth in inequality, Australians' confidence in their democracy has declined substantially.  But there is a way to organise ourselves to use our democracy more efficiently and fairly. We can integrate our plans for the future. See how in this launch of Australia's first national long term plan - "Australia Together":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYmAQ1-6B-o&t=4s 
20 May 2021 by Bronwyn Kelly

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LET’S ADVANCE AUSTRALIA ‘FAIR’
With the recent increases in social support spending, a lot is being written about what needs to be done about debt levels and the direction of Australia’s fiscal health.   This discussion gives us as citizens a great opportunity to contribute to a clearer definition of the type of country we wish to be, and how this should be funded.   If we want: ‘A truly participative liberal democracy that offers equal opportunity, cares for the less fortunate and encourages individual endeavour’. Then let’s have a discussion on the ‘how’. A great topic for a citizen’s jury!  
19 May 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Israel’s Drones set to Improve Civilian Life
Israel’s UAV’s ability to operate beneath radar detection level yet unnoticed by those on the ground makes it a unique and essential part of any military arsenal these days. Today Israeli combat & surveillance drones are used worldwide.However, in recent years Israel is developing drones to be deployed for public use, with the aim to ultimately reduce congestion on public roads, transporting medicine and medical equipment and performing medical tasks and delivering various commercial goods more quickly.Some of the key start-ups in the drone sector include Heven Drones, Nando Drones, Highland, and Airwayz. Check them out! https://israeltrade.org.au/2021/05/14/israels-drones-set-to-improve-civilian-life/
14 May 2021 by Jeremy Ungar

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RE-IMAGINING OUR TAX AND RE-DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR A BETTER AUSTRALIA
Federal Budget time again and lots of ideas are swirling around about how we should change the tax mix and re-distribute the revenue.   Unfortunately, the ideas continue to add to already over complex tax and distribution processes – and the numbers and cost of the public servants that administer the system.   Australia has one of the highest taxing environments of the developed world – and some good re-distribution systems. However, there are areas requiring improvement and great frictional loss in the system due to process ineffectiveness and inefficiencies.   We need to rethink and reset the system for better outcomes.
3 May 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Employment Screening is changing
1:4 data breaches are caused by malicious trusted insiders. 30% of small business go out of business due to employee theft. Royal Commissions have insisted on enhanced screening processes - for charities and corporates. Aust Standards 4811 for Employment Screening will change to include adjudication. Here is an idea - a solution - a new way- to meet governance, risk & compliance measures that is fair, fast, affordable and standardised. 
29 April 2021 by Stephanie
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A review of taxing and spending power for the three tiers of Australian government
“Before the Second World War the states were the drivers of Australian fiscal policy, collecting the bulk of taxes and doing most of the spending. The commonwealth was a relatively minor player. In 1942, however, the states agreed to commonwealth taking over income tax powers.   Today, for the first time since then, the balance of power in the Australian federation is shifting from the commonwealth back to the states and territories.”   (The Mandarin 28/4/21)   How governments raise, spend and re-distribute ‘OUR’ money should be an issue of critical interest to all Australians.  
28 April 2021 by Glenn Barnes