The state of our democracy


In general, there is still overwhelming support for representative democracy but with a focus on making the representative system of government more representative of the people they serve, and accountable and responsive to their constituents underpinned by integrity politics which are “cleaner”, “collaborative” and “evidence-based”. Mark Evans, Director, Democracy 2025 Terrifying, really. If those qualities … Continue reading The state of our democracy

Inequality leads to starving our children


Australia has had a chequered past, when it comes to looking after our most vulnerable. The history of our treatment of the First Australians is dark, and shameful. But in what could be an exercise in 'black humour', we now have a non-discriminatory policy towards all who are poor. This means that we have Government … Continue reading Inequality leads to starving our children

The pre-election checklist


Scott Morrison has been Prime Minister since 24 August 2018. That is now more than three years, during which time the country has struggled to understand his motives, and really to accept him. He has also presumably taken off his training wheels, but he has been unable to grow in the job of Prime Minister. … Continue reading The pre-election checklist

Voters need to wake up, before they steal all the silver


Gradually Australians are coming around to the fact that governments are different now. There was a time when all governments were terrified when Budget Night came around. If there was to be an increase in the price of cigarettes, or a pot of beer, there would likely be a wave of popular disgust. This form … Continue reading Voters need to wake up, before they steal all the silver

Morrison’s economic plans reflect his lack of life experience


While he plans to line the pockets of his mates and the wealthy with ridiculous tax-cuts, we have all read the reports that, with the cuts to Jobseeker and Jobkeeper, Morrison and his sorry acolyte Frydenburg, will be throwing millions of Australians into poverty, and even hunger. Poverty seems more palatable, pardon the pun, but … Continue reading Morrison’s economic plans reflect his lack of life experience

2 neo-lib clowns


Josh Frydenburg showed his true colours during the second wave of coronavirus. He ripped into the Victorian Premier almost daily, and blamed him personally. Obviously if Daniel Andrews is in charge, and the outbreak occurred on his watch, then at some point in time, he will be held to account. The major problem is that … Continue reading 2 neo-lib clowns

Privatisation – who is it good for?


Privatisation is one of those terms which politicians avoid using. That is because the public does not like the idea, or its outcomes. It can be used in a number of ways, but most of us regard it as meaning “selling off a publicly owned asset, usually to the detriment of good government”. In other words, … Continue reading Privatisation – who is it good for?

John Howard destroyed Aged Care in Australia


There is a definite turning point in the quality and the humanity of Australia's care for the elderly. The Aged Care Bill 1997 (Cth). was introduced as part of the new Howard Government's 1996 Budget measures. It was to prove a huge gamble, which still wreaks havoc in the Aged Care sector. And it created … Continue reading John Howard destroyed Aged Care in Australia