Let’s discuss the proposed role for an Australian Head of State before the selection process
Concerns are being raised about a new model for selecting a President
put forward by the Australian Republic Movement. These highlight unintended
consequences of moving too quickly in changing to a “Republic” model.
One key issue that is unclear, is what people expect an
Australian President to do!
Perhaps the President should be the champion of the
Constitution as Chair of a Constitutional Council, that advocates for an
effective and contemporary Constitution. The balance of the role could be clearly
defined in terms of official and ceremonial responsibilities - and the
requirement to avoid any political or partisan activity.
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“Together we can put the nation on a path to progress” ANTHONY ALBANESE
The opposition leader is correct in pointing out the need for
our society to pull together if we are to make progress on the many challenging,
complex and divisive issues that we face.
Unfortunately, he is still living in yesteryear when
community leaders and politicians had enough community credibility to lead
people through the disruptive change processes.
To be an effective leader of change today one needs to accept
that citizens want to see evidence-based policy and change that has been
formulated in conjunction with “people like them” - not just an elite group.
Deliberative Democracy processes can achieve this!
Deliberative Democracy helps resolve complex political issues!
“For too long, Mr Wyatt said last week,
government had “done things to Indigenous Australians, not with them”. For that
reason, he said, the government began working two years ago on a co-design for
an Indigenous voice in partnership with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders
to determine how best they could be heard in Canberra and involved in the
decision-making that affected their lives.” The Australian 22/12/21
Ground-up consultation can pave the way
to the resolution of challenging issues where many different views are held.
Deliberative Democracy is a powerful
tool just waiting for our politicians to embrace it!