2023 has again demonstrated the challenges of amending
Australia’s constitution and managing the nation’s finances through the unresolved
issues stemming from the Federation in 1901.
Our political leaders have demonstrated their inability to
address complex issues within the context of modern-day politics, and they need
more vision and statecraft to build consensus within the community for sorely
A constitutional convention that includes everyday people –
not just politicians, insiders, academics and elites – would be an excellent
process for building a better future for all Australians.