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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    and a possible compromise with the Greens would soon see this policy go through the Senate However Abbott has said very credible and useful things about federal state relations in recent times That is where his strength lies for the nation and where massive support is achievable even quite quickly Given that he is surrounded by some shadow Ministers who seem to have great problems with economics but do favour long overdue governance reform re direction of principal election policy may be called for very soon The need for debating and improving the quality and structure of governance could in itself lift the debate well above the climate change conundrum something that would be welcomed by the electorate at this juncture Replacing federation with a system of governance that effectively decentralises population away from the major cities can only viewed as a bold reform long overdue The last time that an Australian Government seriously did something about decentralisation was during the three Whitlam years 1972 1975 The election of the Fraser Government put an end to that Why is Australia trying to squeeze all the population growth into the major cities It seems quite ridiculous with so much space and

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/2/26/change-the-political-debate-in-australia.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    be delayed any further Regardless of the economic woes that the world and Australia are experiencing there are major system problems with the Australian political system and constitution that need to be tackled To regard the Republic as a second order or second term issue is a Minimalist approach This blog aims to be part of a Maximalist approach to the Republic advocating a strategic process which goes far beyond the Head of State issue which is the core of Minimalist thinking I have long been concerned about system reform in Australia which is simply not happening Issues in this context are the Republic the electoral system the parliamentary system e g dysfunctional aspects of Westminster federal state relations There is no serious debate about all these matters in the media Draft articles on such issues are consistently ignored and avoided by the mainstream media That is why the Internet provides an important avenue The major parties are beneficiaries of the existing system To contemplate or encourage major changes to that system which could be disadvantageous to them is unlikely Therefore a public far ranging debate must be initiated in a different way through the Internet in the first instance

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/2/26/hello-world-towards-a-new-debate.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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