Desperately Seeking the Fair Go. We know how to make Australia a better place, and it’s not that hard.
by Geoff Davies
Opening remarks by Bob Douglas AO, Founding Director of Australia 21.
Once, Australia was a world leader, resilient, bold, socially progressive. We set about giving everyone a fair go – the vote for women, a living wage, support for battlers. Governments worked for us, built things and made our lives better. Then we dropped the ball. We thought like colonials. We cringed. Lately we have descended to farce. Our politics is corrupt and broken. We are divided and fearful. Our economy stumbles along, hollowed out and enriching the rich. Governments abdicate their job and attack the battlers. None of this has to be. We know how to live well without squabbling and without ruining the land and the planet. But don’t look to the political mainstream for the answers.
Geoff Davies is an author, commentator and scientist. He has been exploring economics for over twenty years and commenting on society for longer. His website is http://betternature.wordpress.com/. He is the author of Desperately Seeking the Fair Go, The Rise and Failure of the Radical Right, Sack the Economists and Disband Their Departments and Economia: New economic systems to Empower People and Support the Living World. He is a retired Senior Fellow (now a Visiting Fellow) in geophysics at the Australian National University and has been honoured internationally for his scientific work.