Messers Albanese and Chalmers are now talking about taking actions based
on evolving community consensus. They must clarify how the community consensuses
are to be achieved.
Our electorate is rightly cynical about decisions taken by the government based
on polls that can be manipulated or through discussion with unions and some of
the supposed great and good from our institutions.
True consensus will only come from drawing the broader community into awareness
of the issues and the potential solutions through transparent dialogue,
including people they can relate to and trust.
Our politicians must get real on consensus
For too long now our politicians have dodged bringing the community into the discussion of our wicked budget dilemmas: 1. Community expectations for government-supplied services and support are greater than our potential to raise revenue and 2. Our taxation system is too dependent on personal taxes and puts an unfair load on working Australians. The avoidance is due to fear of electoral backlash.Experience elsewhere suggests that the best way to resolve such wicked problems is to effectively draw the community into the deliberations. A citizens jury is one such approach.Mr Chalmers and Albanese - why not?https://ideaspies.com/posts/an-interactive-budget-that-shows-alternatives-to-planned-tax-cuts
"Naked Australian Constitution" by Dr Killey is an examination of the flaws in the origin, design,
application and operation of the Australian Constitution.
Although the Australian Constitution is one of the
most stable - since its commencement in 1901, it has become fatally flawed.
There are several serious errors, including 1. The racial basis of its origin, 2.
Many implied vs explicit concepts in the text, 3. Some poorly designed provisions,
4. Several High Court rulings undermining the Constitution’s operation, and 5. The
unforeseen domination of the federal government.
Prof George Williams has called for “a narrowly drawn law
for truth in political advertising” and for “greater penalties, including
criminal sanctions, in extreme cases of flouting the law”.
Is this enough? Our politicians expect professionals and businesspeople
to act more responsibly than that. They should be held to the same standards as
they endorsed for bankers from the Hayne Royal Commission principles:
the law; do not mislead or deceive; be fair; provide services that are fit for
purpose; deliver services with reasonable care and skill; and when acting for
another, act in the best interests of that other.