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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

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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)
14 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes