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.
On this weeks The Mindfield, Waleed Aly and Marc Stears (Director of the Sydney Policy Lab) explore the idea that politics / the political class / liberal democracy has become disconnected from the values and concerns of the community. Very relevant to the community independents movement.
Rutger Bregman’s Humankind explores and debunks the myth that human nature is nasty by default. He acknowledges that it can be and in certain circumstances this can have survival value. But in the majority of circumstances and situations, humans’ default responses are kindness, compassion and being helpful. In relation to … Read More
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
Peter Tait Looking at the issues confronting us at present: climate action, jobseeker rate, NDIS, infrastructure development, urban planning, asylum seekers and immigration, defence budgets, and many others, how might community members work with their elected representatives to look at managing them? This isn’t actually new; France tried it with … Read More
Avoiding circus elections, cutting out the dysfunction and corruption of the western liberal election process. Institute a sensible hiring process for representatives in our parliament, or for making the really complex decisions that bedevil our society. Idealistic and entirely possible. Adam Cronkright is coordinator of ‘of by for‘ and co-founder … Read More
Peter Tait (this 13 January version is an update of the original post of January 6th 2021) Over the past few weeks, I have found myself explaining what CAPaD is trying to do. People are interested in a new way of thinking about doing politics. These conversations have led me … Read More
Peter Tait My reflections rather than a book review. Jess Scully discusses the hope-giving developments she has found around the world that suggest we can build a well society on a well planet if we apply what we know. Just been reading Jess Scully, Glimpses of Utopia #GlimpsesOfUtopia. There is … Read More
Listening to Cathy goes to Canberra, Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio. Talking abut her new book. Some take homes: Their aim was to make the seat marginal; make it competitive. Start with the local member. Safe seats don’t get attention. Listen to the young people. What do they know? … Read More