A big step forward in democratic renewal by the NSW parliament
Yesterday the NSW Legislative Council passed an Amendment to
standing orders to include a statement of public interest with “every
government bill other than an appropriation bill for the ordinary annual
services of government.”
The statement of public interest covers:1.
Factual evidence of the need for the bill,
The public interest objective,
Analysis of pros, cons and costs,
The implementation pathway and timetable,
Details of stakeholder consultations.
This is a major step toward re-instating fact-based policy
by a government in Australia and should be followed by all states and the federal
PUBLIC HELP NEEDED: Resolving complex issues in a modern liberal democracy
Our liberal democracy requires us to look beyond ourselves as
individuals or as members of small tribes to be successful. As the two-party system based on old ideologies has lost its
appeal, we need to discover new ways of reaching an agreement on what
constitutes the common good on a range of issues, e.g., inflation,
productivity, debt, national security, social equality and climate change.
In Australia’s 2022 election campaigns, our two
foremost party leaders avoid policy leadership. Instead, they respond to the
fracturing of public opinion, the tribalisation of our society, and the power
of grievance subcultures.
Citizens Assemblies/Juries are being used to resolve challenging issues – why can’t we?
citizens from all over Denmark have spent four months discussing possible
solutions to address climate issues in a citizens' assembly. On 10
February 2022, the randomly selected participants presented concrete recommendations
and four key messages to the Danish Parliament for
Having held a successful "citizens assembly" on climate change the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has proposed the use of a
"citizens' convention" to resolve assisted dying laws in France
A Royal Commission into affordable and safe housing
Lack of housing to meet the broader community’s needs;
houses vulnerable to flooding and bushfires; an ever-escalating cost spiral!
Australian governments’ housing policies (federal, state and
local) badly fail the community.
As with other systemic failures, we need a Royal Commission
to investigate and recommend how we should go about fixing this unacceptable