It’s time – Shift the Rock (like Gough).

That classic Gough Whitlam campaign slogan “It’s Time”, is as relevant today in 2015 as it was the day his campaign launched in 1972.

The space for progressive political and economic change is once again widening, after having come under repeated attack by conservatives ever since Gough was dismissed via Double Dissolution in 1975.

At Progress, I attended a workshop called “Moving the Rock – Shifting Power for Sustained Change”, hosted by Sam La Rocca and Holly Hammond. Points raised in that workshop provided some of the key takeaways for me. Particularly, a strong reminder about the value and role of radicals. 

It’s about the intersection of what is ideal and what is ‘politically achievable’. Continue reading It’s time – Shift the Rock (like Gough).

75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)

Interesting to read conservatives at the Institute of Public Affairs suggesting the Liberal National Party coalition needs to ‘be like Gough‘ if they get a full majority of power in both the lower and upper houses of Parliament at the upcoming federal election.

Of course, they don’t mean the LNP should suddenly back-flip and start actually supporting free education and healthcare for Australian citizens or any of the many other positive, progressive policies brought about during the brief Whitlam era. Instead they only encourage transforming the country with the same speed and vigour Whitlam did, but this time to the detriment of the average tax payer, for the benefit of the super rich.

You can see the full list of 75 suggested changes on their website, but I will share a few of those I think clearly represent the dangers of current extremist policy trend among ‘conservative’ circles in Australia.

  • Close Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Halt construction of the National Broadband Network
  • Privatise Australia Post
  • Privatise CSIRO
  • Privatise Medibank
  • Privatise SBS
  • Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
  • Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
  • Repeal the Fair Work Act Continue reading 75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)

Why am I here?

Why am I here?

A question we all come to ask ourselves from one time to another. It can be brought on by many things, from a near-miss in your car to a boring day at work. It can also mean a lot of things. Why am I here could be a question about why you are alive. It could also be a question about why you decided to take a certain path in life. In this moment of time the question is, for me, about why I am writing this blog.

What is my purpose here? Why do I feel compelled to put my thoughts out in long form for everyone to see? What do I hope to achieve? Or is it just for the release of getting my thoughts out in front of myself, and if that is the case then why choose to do it in public?

Certainly it’s about the release to some extent. There is too much going on in my head at times and it needs to be taken out, stored away somewhere else to make room for new thoughts, ideas or information. But it is much more than just that.

I feel I have a need and indeed a responsibility to write about the things I learn, the wisdoms uncovered and the failures too. We are living in a world now, where we are involved in constant communication, but one in which the communication is often of little value or consequence. We are too oft caught up in unimportant discussions about issues of little consequence while major social, political, economic and especially personal issues are hidden or avoided. It has always been my role in life to break these taboos.

Continue reading Why am I here?