Australian Institute for Ethics
Australia - as with many other liberal democracies - has a problem with TRUST!Loss of trust in our institutions and their leaders continues to wear down our social fabric. Continued flagrant lying by our politicians (including Prime Ministers) is just one example of why institutional trust is at such a low ebb.For the sake of future generations, we need to reverse this situation.Establishing and broad community support for an Ethics Institute would be a significant first step in stopping the rot and re-building trust and the compact that underpins our social fabric and order.
Involving the public in selecting the Australian Governor General
Constitutional Law expert and Scientia Professor George Williams
has proposed another exciting idea for Australia’s governance. That is, to
explore the opportunities our constitution offers and that the conventions with
the Crown provide for selecting and appointing our Governor General.
Prof Williams raises several interesting issues
regarding the potential powers of the position and alternative ways of
selecting and appointing a Governor General.
Public discourse over these issues could catalyse
community interest in our country’s governance and help us evaluate options for
constitutional refreshment and our head of state's role, status and powers.
Politicians must consistently act with integrity and accountability.
Yesterday, our Federal
Minister for Finance Katy Gallagher, launched a draft code of ethics for government
suppliers. Our politicans should adopt this for themselves!
expects its suppliers to conduct themselves with high standards of ethics such
that they consistently act with integrity and accountability,’’ according to
the proposed code.
considered to encompass, at a minimum: honesty, integrity, probity, diligence
and fairness. Ethical behaviour also extends to not making improper use of an
individual’s position or benefiting from practices which may be dishonest,
unethical or unsafe.’’
Could the Teals become the party of the “sensible centre”?
The Labor, Liberal and National Parties continue to play to
their shrinking support bases on the old Right/Left Axis. The Greens seem
incapable of escaping the pull of their extremist influencers. The independents
(other than the Teals) flip-flop on policy as they seek relevance and favours
for their electorates.
Although imperfect and uncoordinated, only the Teals seek to
understand and strategise around the common interests of the major and centre part
of the electorate. Additionally, they look to understand the electoral need for
politicians to regain the public's trust through increased transparency, integrity,
and evidence-based policy development.