SHARING IDEAS THAT DO GOOD

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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, 2.     The public interest objective, 3.     Options considered, 4.     Analysis of pros, cons and costs, 5.     The implementation pathway and timetable, 6.     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 government.
20 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Time to shake up our weary old politics
The 2022 Federal election campaigns have been an insult to the Westminster traditions on which our liberal democracy was founded and to the electorate.   The lack of a serious and fulsome policy agenda by any party or candidate is contemptuous. It puts our economy, sustainability, well-being, and national safety in danger.   For too long, our politicians have sidelined the complex and vital decisions that need to be taken to have a sustainable physical and economic environment and a healthy and thriving community and democracy.   There is a better way, and we need to demand that our politicians change:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCG6H8yELhE  
17 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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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.
6 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Citizens Assemblies/Juries are being used to resolve challenging issues – why can’t we?
99 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 ambitious action. 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
6 April 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Ireland continues to use Citizens Assemblies to achieve breakthroughs on tough policy issues
Invitations to 34,000 randomly selected people in Ireland have gone out, asking them to take part in Citizens' Assemblies on the mayoralty of Dublin, and on biodiversity. Ireland is also making preparations to hold a citizens' assembly on drug use early next year.
6 April 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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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 situation.
5 April 2022 by Glenn Barnes