Tag: Principles

After a bombshell day at ICAC, questions must be asked about integrity in Australian politics

History will demonstrate that I have always executed my duties with the highest degree of integrity for the benefit of the people of NSW. That is precisely the proposition ICAC is testing. Its investigation into whether Berejiklian engaged in conduct that “constituted or involved a breach of public trust” will substantially shape the historical record.

Source: After a bombshell day at ICAC, questions must be asked about integrity in Australian politics

For RBG it was all Principle, for Mitch McConnell it’s all Power | The Smirking Chimp

People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories – those who are motivated by principle, and those motivated by power.

For RBG it was all Principle, for Mitch McConnell it’s all Power | The Smirking Chimp

Australia’s core beliefs – where are they now? : The AIM Network

fair go

What happened to a ‘fair go’ in this country? It has long gone, writes Jack Gleeson. So who is to blame?

Above all else, Australians value a fair go for everyone. We expect our governments to put regulatory frameworks in place that ensure this.

A fair go demands equal and unbiased treatment for everyone.

We believe that all Australians are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law and the agencies of our government.

We believe in equality between men and women. We reject any legislation, policy or procedure that has the effect of discriminating against either gender.

We believe that our leaders should focus on making an equitable society rather than widening the gap between the rich and the poor. We reject foreign ideologies designed to give advantage to the privileged few and/or facilitate laissez faire capitalism.

We live in a society, not an economy.

We reject government policy based on simplistic financial profit and loss. We demand that our leaders take everything into account when setting macro policy. Even though many of us don’t know the term itself, the concept of the triple bottom line measuring economic value, social responsibility and environmental responsibility strikes a chord with us.

We expect our governments to invest in research to develop proactive solutions rather than trying to fix problems with reactive bandaid solutions.

We want Medicare and the PBS strengthened and retained.

We expect education and training opportunities for all our kids based on merit – not on ability to pay.

We won’t tolerate attacks on the most vulnerable in our society.

We expect that our senior citizens and those with disabilities will be looked after by governments.

We want job security. We expect that the Australian government will proactively seek to ensure this.

We further expect that if we are unfortunate enough to find ourselves unemployed the Government will provide effective user-friendly support services to assist us to find a new position.

We expect corporations and the mega-rich to pay their way, not to be given a free ride by governments. We expect the Treasurer, the Australian Taxation Office and other government agencies to ensure that they do so.

We expect that Government agencies will be properly staffed and resourced to enable them to fulfil the role the Parliament assigns them.

We expect a fair return to the public purse for allowing our publicly owned resources to be exploited by the private sector.

We demand that full-time workers receive a living wage. A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. We support the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration system. We are not fooled by ideologically motivated attacks on the unions that represent many of us.

We value Australia’s role as a responsible member of the international community. However, we expect our leaders to put Australia’s interests first.

We do not support free trade deals that don’t benefit ordinary workers and Australian industry. What we want is fair trade for everyone. The so-called level playing field.

We do not support unrestricted sell-offs of Australian land, companies and residential properties to foreigners.

We are comfortable with State ownership of key assets in a mixed economy. We don’t want our public assets sold and the revenue streams from them forgone forever.

We strongly support our Defence Forces but not politicians getting us continually involved in other people’s wars. We expect that our veterans will be looked after by the government.

We expect our leaders to ensure our security, but not to use “national security” or “law and order” as an excuse to suppress our civil liberties.

We expect that our leaders will ensure that Australia’s technological infrastructure remains on par with the rest of the world.

We expect that our environment will be protected and managed in a sustainable way.

As well as these policy areas it is increasingly clear that Australians don’t care for politicians with a sense of entitlement fattening themselves at our expense whilst simultaneously stripping us of public assets and the revenue stream that is derived from those public assets.

We do not accept that being elected to Parliament is a ticket to enrich yourself and your mates at the public’s expense. Especially if accompanied by the simultaneous grinding into the dirt of those who can least afford it.

Being elected to Parliament is not a carte blanche to do what you want without convincing us first that the proposed course of action is both necessary and reasonable. We do not take to blatant liars in our governments, especially after Mr Abbott’s relentless sustained derision of Julia Gillard over a single instance.

Which of course brings us to hypocrisy: We especially don’t like politicians who attack their opponents only to do the same things (themselves) later. Nor do we like arrogant dismissive leaders who think power means they never have to explain or account for their actions.

Finally, endless wars of words don’t impress us. We don’t particularly care who comes out on top in the verbal jousting in Parliament. You will only gain long-term respect and support by effective action in line with the above principles.