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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 exists.   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.  
8 February 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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Politics to stamp its authority over the digital world
The British tech expert and journalist Jamie Bartlett opened his most recent book, The People Vs Tech, two years ago saying: “In
7 February 2021 by Lynn Wood

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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 position.   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!
6 February 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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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.
3 February 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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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.
29 January 2021 by Glenn Barnes

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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 Nations.   Federation Day (May 9th - Opening of first Commonwealth Parliament) where we recognise the importance and privilege of living in a participative democracy.
26 January 2021 by Glenn Barnes