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Local Government Manifesto

Posted: October 21, 2019 by admin in Uncategorized

T The Local Government elections are due in September 2020, and it’s time to start to think about what we want from the Councillors we elect to make decisions on our behalf. But why? Aren’t local councils irrelevant relics of a past which have been overtaken by the State and Federal governments? Well, no. Local […]

Every day, on Twitter, on Facebook, I hear of yet another imposition on “The Taxpayer”. This poor person is being forced to give up cash that has been earned from the sweat of their brow to support a lifestyle the rest of us expect. This taxpayer is truly a martyr to us all…or should that […]

Myth making for a progressive conservative

Posted: March 19, 2017 by admin in Uncategorized

Hi A lot of political messaging is about building strong and believable myths that people are prepared to stand behind and promote. I think this is particularly so for people who want to conserve what they see as valuable in their community, and in their understanding of what makes their country worth defending. So  what […]

A review of  Get Up, Stand Up Uniting populists. Energizing the defeated, and battling the corporate elite  Like many around the world at the minute I am watching the events unfolding in London and the rest of the UK loathing the senseless violence and greed that is being put on show. Along with that feeling […]

Everyday democracy

Posted: August 9, 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Democracy is something that we take for granted, but like all good things we need to work at it to keep it functioning well.  Wollongong residents got a clear idea of what happens when democracy is allowed to falter, with the revelations of the ICAC enquiry earlier this year, and the subsequent sacking of the […]

As I watch one the most lacklustre, disappointing federal elections I’ve ever experienced, I’m very tempted to just throw up my hands and give up. But instead of just moaning about what is happening, I thought it would be interesting to look at what would make a truly democratic Australia. Here are some of my […]

This is a presentation I am planning to make at the Council meeting on 25 August. I’d welcome any feed back on what I had to say. Breaking down silos: Developing a partnership between Council and the Community Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about this important topic today.  At the staff […]