Tax Reform: An opportunity to find the ‘Common Good’
When change is required, the government of a democracy
should seek the ‘common good’ solution - one that appeals to the majority and
is least problematic to others.
Reform in Australia is inherently challenging as the ‘politics’
at both state and federal level can de-rail change, even if majority community support
Tax Reform in Australia has been held back for too long by
political wrangling and manoeuvring.
Our politicians should put their egos aside and seek
community input to determine a tax reform package that is viewed as a ‘common
good’ and then get on with implementation.
Time to rethink the governance of Australian Rugby
Rugby Union in Australia has struggled now for many years
under a governance regime that has failed to keep up with the times, and has
resulted in both poor-performance relative to other football codes in Australia
and other Rugby Union playing Nations. Additionally, the code is in a perilous financial
Andrew Forrest has suggested an AFL-style commission. This
could be the way forward to better governance of the code. Australian Rugby
Union certainly needs a revolution!
AN IDEA FOR OUR POLITICIANS: Integrity of action and timely presentation of fact is required!
It is of deep concern that our
politicians are failing to deliver universal, complete, transparent and
timely facts on donations, conflicts of interest and other issues of integrity.
If this behaviour was seen from the
private sector there would be political outrage and calls for immediate
regulation, legislation or even a Royal Commission.
It is time the electorate pressured for
urgent and effective action from our politicians to correct the situation.
WE DESERVE: CLEARLY EVIDENCED and WELL DEBATED POLICY from GOVERNMENT
There is a concern in the US with executive
power being over-used by President Biden.
Australia has a similar problem with our Federal Parliament
sitting very few days per year (~67) and an increasing trend for government by
regulation - and dictates from the Prime Minister and State Premiers.
We should all contact our State and Federal parliamentary representatives
and demand higher quality policy formation. A return to a more independent
public service, crafting well thought through and widely circulated and discussed
Green and White Papers as part of the policy development program, would be a
big step forward.
Let’s unpack the Australia Day debate and look at alternatives
Our community is increasingly
debating the merits of celebrating “Australia Day” on January 26th.
There is a growing recognition that the particular date represents a
significant negative for Indigenous Australians.
Perhaps we should consider
replacing “Australia Day” with the celebration of two important issues:
Heritage Day (January
26), where we recognise and celebrate the wonderful range of cultures that now
make up our Nations Peoples, including the many Peoples and cultures of our First
Federation Day (May 9th - Opening of
first Commonwealth Parliament) where we recognise the importance and privilege
of living in a participative democracy.