Networkers, it is too early to tell if Australia is on the way to a bran nue dae in its governance. However, the Carbon Price Committee or Climate Committee or Climate Change Committee (the press to-day are giving it a variety of names - but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet) may well be the first sign of changes which are still to come.
We have a hung parliament followed, within a matter of weeks, by a hung AFL Grand Final. Could the Universe be trying to tell us something? That now is the time for co-operation - not do or die competition. Is competition so yesterday, so last century, so Gordon Gecko 1980s? Is competition in politics to become the sole province of the Liberal/National Parties whose aggression and pugnacity will become more and more odious?
I am not asking for sweetness, light and fairy tales at bedtime in Australia's public life. But.....
- Wouldn't it be great to see a co-operative spirit where people could come together and formulate policies that emerge from broad discussion which turn out to be greater than the sum of the contributions brought to the table?
- Wouldn't it be great to do away with prescriptive self/party interested public policy which is fought down to the death with politics and numbers and invective?
- Wouldn't it be great if we avoided the "do it my way for the next three years attitude", and instead set about finding the best way and the right way of doing things that benefit this nation - its people, its, environment, its future? .....