Updating last weeks post, the video of the talk at the Australian Public Health Conference is now available on YouTube. The second half focuses on the ideas around electorate level mobilisation.
Peter Tait presented this talk at the Australian Public Health Conference on 24/9/21. His talk Planetary Health for the Public’s Health is reproduced on the Croakey blog here as A rallying call for public health to refocus efforts, on building government for the public’s good.
The Australian Democracy Network, whose aim is to extract undue, excessive corporate influence from our political system, has launched a campaign to grow toward achieving that. More details about the campaign and the petition can be found on the #OurDemocracy website. It is fascinating how the our democracy meme is … Read More
This post was originally printed in Intouch, the PHAA Blog and is printed here with PHAA’s permission. Two things happened in late July that makes me worry for the future of the public’s health in Australia. First, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) was … Read More
The Chief Minister has announced a Citizen’s Jury on the issue of Compulsory Third Party Insurance. CAPaD has welcomed this step, which provides us all with an opportunity to learn how an important tool for participatory democracy can best work in Canberra (download Media Release document). There are two important … Read More
A commentary – Peter Tait Stoker G, Li J, Halupka M, Evans M. Complacent young citizens or cross-generational solidarity? An analysis of Australian attitudes to democratic politics. Australian Journal of Political Science. 2017;52(2):218-35. This article seeks to answer the question above. The researchers grouped respondents into four age groups: … Read More
by Susan Helyar, Director, ACT Council of Social Service As we start our round of formal meetings with members of the new ACT Legislative Assembly, our message is that while people frowned at the government’s long grip on power and was wary of the way it did business, they were … Read More
One feature of this election which could become the “new normal” is the development of Candidate Statements, which include the candidate’s agreement to or modification of a Charter of Democratic Commitment. Altogether, 62 of the 141 candidates completed a statement and of those who did so, 23% were elected compared … Read More
Julian Cribb has just published a book entitled Surviving the 21st-century. Humanity’s ten great challenges and how we can overcome them. The book has been unanimously praised by a cast reviewers that includes Paul Ehrlich, Robyn Williams, Clive Hamilton, Peter Doherty, former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, David Lindenmeyer, Mark Stafford-Smith, Bill … Read More
Pity the poor voter who wants to do the right thing and choose his or her own preferred five candidates out of between 24 and 33 declared candidates in his/her electorate from as many as 9 parties and a slate of between 2 and 8 independents. The Canberra Alliance for … Read More