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Political Donations Must End!

Political donations are a scourge on democracy. No business, corporation, organisation or individual gives without the expectation or hope of an outcome, and it fundamentally undermines the democratic decision making process. Banning all donations to political candidates, representatives and political parties is the simple solution.

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Farewell to Arms

If we are to ever eradicate war from the human existence, we must first stop celebrating it and start seeing warfare for what it is – the ultimate folly of man. For the sake of our children and to truly honour those who sacrificed their lives, let Armistice Day become the Day of Disarmament.

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The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)

Men in hi-viz clothing standing around a roadworks site doing very little is an all too common sight. This is the story of a small roadworks project in idyllic Brunswick in northern New South Wales and the apparent wastage that explains why the country is going broke.

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Politics is devoid of leadership

It is easy to criticise Malcolm Turnbull for his lack of leadership. I do it often. Even more so because he is the indirect reason I decided to become an Australian citizen.
But what the debacle of same sex marriage has demonstrated more than anything, is that to be a leader of a political party is not just difficult, but almost impossible.
The mere notion of leadership in politics has become a contradiction in terms.

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Four year fixed terms is just the start!

Bill Shorten’s suggestion of a fixed term of four years for parliament is music to my ears. But it is just one of many changes required to restore faith in democracy. Limited tenure is another, equally important reform.

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Political Donations Must End!

Political Donations Must End!

Political donations are a scourge on democracy. No business, corporation, organisation or individual gives without the expectation or hope of an outcome, and it fundamentally undermines the democratic decision making process. Banning all donations to political candidates, representatives and political parties is the simple solution.

read more
Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms

If we are to ever eradicate war from the human existence, we must first stop celebrating it and start seeing warfare for what it is – the ultimate folly of man. For the sake of our children and to truly honour those who sacrificed their lives, let Armistice Day become the Day of Disarmament.

read more
The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)

The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)

Men in hi-viz clothing standing around a roadworks site doing very little is an all too common sight. This is the story of a small roadworks project in idyllic Brunswick in northern New South Wales and the apparent wastage that explains why the country is going broke.

read more
Politics is devoid of leadership

Politics is devoid of leadership

It is easy to criticise Malcolm Turnbull for his lack of leadership. I do it often. Even more so because he is the indirect reason I decided to become an Australian citizen.
But what the debacle of same sex marriage has demonstrated more than anything, is that to be a leader of a political party is not just difficult, but almost impossible.
The mere notion of leadership in politics has become a contradiction in terms.

read more
Four year fixed terms is just the start!

Four year fixed terms is just the start!

Bill Shorten’s suggestion of a fixed term of four years for parliament is music to my ears. But it is just one of many changes required to restore faith in democracy. Limited tenure is another, equally important reform.

read more
Constitutional Ethics

Constitutional Ethics

The resignation of two senators because they found themselves not to be qualified for election, raises (at least) two very interesting issues. The need for constitutional reform, and the paucity of defined standards to which we hold our politicians accountable.

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Good service is hard to find!

Good service is hard to find!

“The problem is never the problem, it is failure to deal with the problem that becomes the problem.”
Great customer service is rare, and it is all about good leadership!

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Changing the world – one story at a time

Changing the world – one story at a time

I make no excuses for being an idealist. I am an advocate for change, and all change starts with the idea that something can be done better or differently. It is only when we change that we can grow, and see a world we never knew.

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Political Donations – the Scourge of Democracy

Political Donations – the Scourge of Democracy

Donations (or favours of any kind) fundamentally undermines the democratic decision making process. The immutability of our elected representative is the linchpin on which the integrity of the system is based. Without that the system becomes corrupt. Banning political donations is the first step to repairing democracy.

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Time to Set Democracy Free!

Time to Set Democracy Free!

Party politics is ruining our Democracy. It is time to dismantle the partisan model and consider other ways of enabling the people to rule and find leaders that will lead, not just meekly follow the latest opinion polls.

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