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Governments and Corporations – An Update



The Economy

From the time Tony Abbott became leader of the Opposition, displacing Malcolm Turnbull over his various policies including endorsement of specific approaches to mitigating climate change and related issues, the Gillard government was criticised as illegitimate and non-functional when it was in fact legitimate (as are many coalition governments around the world) and was able to pass substantial amounts of legislation, albeit not all representing the best that could be put in place.The government of Tony Abbott spent much time blaming the previous Rudd and Gillard governments for the financial situation they inherited and much of the legislation introduced, and other actions including establishing Royal Commissions, sought to attack the previous government and its supporters. But they faced trouble from cross bench Senators throughout the year, passing little legislation.

The Labor government’s economic policies which allegedly had been profligate, accumulating a huge deficit and debt. The claims were nonsense: not one economist agreed with these claims and indeed Australia had survived the Global Financial Crisis better than almost every government in advanced economies

The Welfare Crisis

The Business Outlook

The Middle East

Asylum Seekers


Climate Change and Energy Policy

Health Policy

Education Policy







I reiterate the issues that deserve critical support

I believe these are amongst the most important and critical issues. The economy is not the principal issue, at individual, family, local or national or international level. (Economic success follows quality product well marketed. Unfortunately some “entrepreneurs” consider exaggeration or even lies and deception can not only generate wealth but amount to innovation.) Writers like the Australian sociologist Hugh Mackay have been saying this for some time and so have many people who have pointed to the importance of issues beyond the economic.

In his commencement address at American University June 10 1963, President John F Kennedy said, “So, let us not be blind to our differences–but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal…

In the 2010 Deakin lecture Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainability at the University of Surrey said,

“The concept of prosperity as an ongoing drive for growth is inconsistent with human nature. … prosperity has a meaningful sense that isn’t directly about income growth. It’s about the health of our families. It’s about the trust of our friends. It’s about the security of our communities. It’s about participation in the life of society. It’s about some sense perhaps of having a meaningful life and a hope for the future…

“We evolved as much as social beings as we did as individual beings. We evolved as much in laying down the foundations for a stable society as we did in continually pursuing novelty…”

Some of these ideas are explored in my book “Education: the Unwinding of Intelligence and Creativity” (published early 2014 by Springer) and in other posts.