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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Cooperation to END federalism is needed now!
    in favour of transferring state hospital funding and administration to the federal government As an afterDinner speaker at the Reform or Rescue Conference organised by Griffith University s Centre for federalism and IPAA in October 2008 which I attended Abbott made a very strong plea for the abolition of states Tony should get his act together and pledge support for the greatest shake up of the Australian constitution which may well have started now If you want to score as an Opposition leader come up with brilliant implementation plans as a former Health Minister he is well placed indeed to do just that The art of competent politicians now is to anticipate this and have proper implementation plans in place for transition towards well worked out alternatives in Health Education and all the rest to follow The hasty roof insulation may well have presented the otherwise pretty cautious Rudd Government with a valuable lesson Implementation must be done properly and cannot be left to those who know little about what they are supposed to do At last this is where COAG could contribute something of real value if re directed and staffed properly Some re direction Cooperation to END federalism instead of cooperative federalism And what about those many who have long argued for alternatives but were steadfastly ignored Clearly Mr Rudd may well have his knickers in a knot here as shying initially away from overriding the states and investing much energy into the COAG exercise an ADVISORY body hardly active under the Howard Government now a growing bureaucracy he now has to turn around the Queen Mary Yes he can but no half measures Mr Rudd The writing has very long been on the wall for the states indeed ever since the centralisation of income tax powers in

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Draft National Curriculum: History
    membership Application form Application form for Republic Now Association Inc Cooperation to END federalism is needed now Main Should students be given a number Tuesday Mar 09 2010 Draft National Curriculum History Tuesday March 9 2010 at 2 28 PM It is very important for Australia to have a national curriculum especially for History where state differences are apparently quite significant I have read through the 29 pages and done part of the survey Unless one is a professional historian and or high school teacher it is difficult to comment on all that is presented however I do believe some areas could be much improved 1 There is little about political history the constitution the political system and the problems with it This has long been a very very weak area of high school curriculums Given that the Republic is still to be established please use this opportunity to provide relevant information 2 There is little coverage of the extensive exploits of Dutch VOC seafarers in the 17th and 18 the century starting in 1606 in the Cape York Peninsula and of several French scientists visiting in that period By 1644 Abel Tasman had sighted and or mapped some 75 of the Australian coastline while James Cook arrived in 1770 Surely all that is also Australian history Look at all the many Dutch and French place names the Duyfken s visit the Batavia story de Vlamingh s journey the Zuytdorp survivors etc 3 In terms of nation building there is an over emphasis on the Great War while the significance of PM John Curtin withdrawing troops from the Middle East in WWII doesn t seem to be covered much 4 Post WWII migration and multiculturalism as aspects of and contributions to historic nation building also appear to be treated lightly

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Should students be given a number?
    of identifying students and their achievements by an identity number There are advantages and disadvantages There is the question as to whether it is necessary at all to improve educational outcomes nation wide This is an issue raised by one of our members who views it as one aspect of a totalitarian state In the past Australian students have actually experienced being identified by a number but this has not resulted in totalitatarian approaches in education or otherwise While this is not directly an issue of governance in a new Republic at this stage it could become a major issue of state control of education and individuals unless qualified by statutory limitations and other safeguards The ABC published the following transcript from a recent program Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast 24 02 2010 Reporter Tony Jones The Federal Government has announced identity numbers will track children s school performance from year one through to year 12 Transcript TONY JONES PRESENTER For millions of Australian school children official identity will soon be a number not a name The Government s announced that each student will get an identity number to track their progress from year one to year 12 The Opposition calls the plan an Australia card by default and a way to commodify children But the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it ll be very useful for children who move schools and that their privacy will be protected JULIA GILLARD DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER The reason we need the number is so as a Government we don t need the names The number is a privacy protection TONY JONES This Monday Julia Gillard will release the draft of a new national curriculum to standardise English maths science and history lessons across the country And there are also plans for classroom inspections to audit the quality of education Our member Astrid van den Akker Luttmer having experienced the Nazi period in occupied Holland during WWII writes Apart from the absurdity of this idea no identity cards on anybody should be in a data base of Government s hands whatsoever One never knows what the future holds and who would be in power Other comments are invited hereby Do you agree with Astrid or are her fears not justified What exactly are the advantages in terms of improving education Klaas Woldring 1 Comment 4 References Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend References 4 References allow you to track sources for this article as well as articles that were written in response to this article Response sizegenetics wrapping at sizegenetics wrapping on Wed October 23 2013 at 19 48 republic now BLOG Republic related issues Should students be given a number Response sizegenetics circulation at sizegenetics circulation on Thu November 28 2013 at 10 17 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Should students be given a number Response reviews on baby products at reviews on baby products on Wed October 8 2014 at 11 16 Republic now

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - No, Politics is NOT at all like football! QUITE THE OPPOSITE!  
    people talk about the two sides of politics or the other side as if there are only two sides that matter as in a football game This makes even less sense if we realise that these two sides actually are in many ways look alikes and have a huge area of policy overlap Politics is NOT football positions on many issues can be very diverse and should be Part of the reason for this appalling situation is the lack knowledge among the voters 1 about the existing political and electoral systems 2 alternatives available to improve on them Efforts for improvement are apparently not part of the education revolution but they should be Educational institutions at all levels including the universities have failed utterly to make people aware of their archaic constitution and the dysfunctional political system The public broadcasters eminently placed to do something about that continue to concentrate on current affairs programs rather than discussions about the systems The media generally are current affairs oriented and publishers heavily concentrate on fiction The two party system actively SUPPRESSES diversity tow the party line is the motto be a team disunity is death we still hear Let s move to a multi party system so that diversity becomes the transparent norm and majorities can be formed on issues as a result of a flexibility that does not exist now For three or four years we all need to put up with one major party program BASICALLY FOR A FIXED NUMBER OF YEARS AS WELL The primitiveness of this system may suit a football game of 90 minutes but it is a childish way of conducting the governance of a nation There is of course a remedy for this change the electoral system CREATE A MULTI PARTY PARLIAMENT As this won

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Change the political debate in Australia!
    is latest symptom of the progressing deterioration of the quality of Australia s political system In order to sway the public with a short and simply hip pocket message over and over again the new Opposition leader has made some initial impact largely because the general public find the entire debate confusing But he has to score elsewhere to do well in an election because the Rudd ETS is no more than a necessary minimalist response 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 so many interesting country towns around that could double or triple in population within a generation 36 million by 2050 if we continue to

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Hello world - towards a new debate!
    Association Inc Change the political debate in Australia Main Friday Feb 26 2010 Hello world towards a new debate Friday February 26 2010 at 4 56 PM THURSDAY JANUARY 29 2009 AT 7 21 PM Welcome to Wordpress com This is your first post Edit or delete it and start blogging Hi Australians The name of this blog is Republic Now That means it is not an issue that should 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 You are welcome to enter that debate Perhaps first of all we should ask why are such issues avoided by the traditional media Would they not benefit from joining that

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    State that would be it But Australians are asking increasingly and wisely What kind of a Republic before they will commit themselves to that Minimalist change A Referendum on a Republic without major additional changes conceivably a complete rewrite of the Constitution would produce the same result as in 1999 Also why should Australians have to wait until the Queen abdicates simply because the frozen Constitution blocks change Could the Government start a debate on why and how the Constitution could be renewed Apart from the very obvious shortcoming that it can hardly be amended and then only on the initiative of the politicians the federal structure of the state adds another major barrier Federation is a costly hindrance to effective Government altogether Right now the Government is even struggling to get consensus on the overdue Gonski reforms Australia s Afghanistan involvement was possible because the PM decided without a mandate without parliamentary majority of even debate without a referendum or plebiscite to join the US in yet another dubious military venture The PM is not even mentioned in that Constitution What has happened to the reformt spirit of the ALP so obvious in the Whitlam days An Abbott Government cannot be expected to initiate any significant system change at all For the moment that looks to be a likely outcome of the Federal Election on 14th September The Murdoch press with 70 of Australia s newspaper circulation instead of using its considerable influence for the benefit of Australia by opening up the debate about the urgent need for system change has annointed Mr Abbott as the next Prime Minister Again Mr Murdoch seems to adopt the role of Kingmaker according to his own ideological preferences and insights In this case he may be making a huge mistake Australia needs

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    plebsicite on electoral reform The plebiscite is conducted via Change org An explanation accompanies the call on Change org The URL to access the facility is http www change org en AU petitions a new electoral system utm source guides

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