The framers of the Australian Constitution envisaged ordinary people spending one or two terms in parliament and then returning to their normal lives. What we've ended up with is a political elite who make careers out of being in parliament, and their main aim is "to be continually elected and stay on the gravy train".
Every four years (state elections NSW), and every three years (Federally), we elect halfwits (sometimes with allegations of criminal behaviour) who are no smarter than we are, and we expect them to sensibly govern on behalf of us.
The Commonwealth, through the ACCC, have highlighted the fact that (a) greater consumer power and (b) lower marginal cost of supply are two ways of reducing electricity costs to consumers. I'm proposing that (c) consumer trading in electricity is an enabler for greater competition in both the electricity supply markets and the electricity retail markets.
This is a proposal for community decision making bodies based on FOWTOR regions. One could argue that the current division of Australia into states and territories was really an accident of history, and is not an ideal division of authority. The recent problems with water flows down the Murray, and the difficulty of getting state agreements on water use, highlights at least one problem with the current state/territory divisions.
What I am proposing is 'citizen parliaments' for each FOWTOR region.
- The crisis Australia is suffering did not start with the dropping by China. We have been suffering this for decades. But the China crisis brings it to a head.
- This crisis in dealing with waste calls for new initiatives and for a new era in which real bi-(multi-)partisan cooperation is a real possibility.
- The COAG get together of ministers for the environment is a real opportunity to take a completely new approach.
Well that was a year, that was! 2016? The year that they destroyed the meaning of the word #Census. And now we understand it was the year that they destroyed the meaning of the word #Centrelink, too.
2016. The #Censusfail year and the #Centrelinkfail year.
The number of people that have enough money to benefit from ‘neoliberalism’ is vanishingly small, compared with the number that don’t.
This week both the Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and the Liberal National Party Malcolm Turnbull claimed electoral victory.
In fact, we all lost.
Climate Change our greatest challenge was ignored. The result will be more of the same, both parties support opening new coal mines and continue to ignore the climate crisis.
Neoliberalism is based on a lie. It's been happening since the mid 70s when US economist Milton Friedman & Austrian/British economist Friedrich Hayek finally threw out the long standing economic traditions of British economist John Maynard Keynes, (who had focussed on government policy to avoid the problems of unplanned market forces made clear in the 1929 crash), and replaced it with a return to *unrestrained competition*. Neoliberalism took up this argument with a passion.
The lie of Neoliberalism goes something like this: