SHARING IDEAS THAT DO GOOD

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Governance

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NOW is the time to re-set Australia’s federal structure
Getting the right balance between local, state and federal responsibilities for revenue and services would make Australia a stronger and more cohesive nation. “Rather than have an all-powerful unitary government, federations offer the advantage of several governments operating closer to their constituents. By rights, accountability is enhanced and sub-national governments can learn from each other.” ...“The empirical evidence from around the world is also strongly supportive of federations. Federated countries consistently have outperformed unitary states in terms of the key economic parameters, such as gross domestic product growth, unemployment and the like.”Judith Sloan – The Australian 20/7/21
21 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Referendum rules need reform before we vote on a voice
“…current rules for holding a referendum are archaic and ill-suited to modern times. Fortunately, parliament has begun work on this through a new inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.”  The Australian 19/7/21 : George Williams - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales The sad truth is that our politicians are not trusted enough to be in charge of an issue as important as Constitutional Reform. Our country needs a Constitutional Council outside the political sphere to undertake such important reform now and into the future.
19 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Want to Rebuild Trust? Focus on Values, Facts and Decisions for The Common Good
"The closely watched Edelman Trust Barometer’s half-year update reveals a rapid decline in trust in government, business and media...The level of trust in government in Australia (52 per cent) puts it below the average of 14 global counterparts (56 per cent), but still above the US, which sits at 48 points."The Australian 19/7/21
19 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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We should celebrate and PARTICIPATE IN OUR “messy" DEMOCRACY
“Freedom House, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting freedom and democracy, reports that freedom across the globe has declined for 15 straight years.""Across a swath of central Europe and central Asia in particular, a total of 18 countries suffered declines in democratic trends last year, while only six in those regions saw improvement.""Democracy is messy, but in an authoritarian system the problem is the lack of messiness. Cults of personality develop, opposing voices with potentially good ideas are squelched, healthy debates and innovative thoughts are blocked.”Gerald F. Seib  The Wall Street Journal (Reprinted The Australian - 14/7/21)
14 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

COVID-19

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Using Maths to Make Rational Decisions in an Uncertain World
“When Barbara Holland, professor of mathematics at the University of Tasmania, was making the decision to have an AZ jab now rather than wait for Pfizer, she deployed her number-crunching prowess. …   Using UK data, she calculated that “I’d have about a 1/60,000 chance of dying of Covid-19 in the next 90 days; balance that against a 1/900,000 chance of a fatal blood clot, working off a 1/30,000 chance of a clot x 1/30 chance of it being fatal.”   Jane Nicholls The Australian 6/7/21
6 July 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Fast and Efficient Establishment Of Commonwealth Run Covid-19 Quarantine Facilities
 Political blame-shifting looks to be crowding out common sense in our management of Covid-19.Rather than seeking to build bespoke Commonwealth owned quarantine facilities – with long construction lags and inefficient resource allocation – we should consider the Commonwealth taking over (by lease or purchase) hotels & apartment hotels across the country and managing these using defence personnel. These facilities should have the air management and conditioning systems upgraded to minimise airborne virus spread and structures that allow sound isolation practices. This should give us first-rate quarantine practices across the nation and cut some of the state/commonwealth blame game.
30 June 2021 by Glenn Barnes