29 April 2012

Deepening democracy in the internet age - Ockham's Razor

Sun, 29 Apr 2012
Beyond vox pop democracy: Deepening democracy in the internet age
Nicholas Gruen is CEO of Lateral Economics and Chairman of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation
He discusses how the internet can play a role in involving people in government.

The task of politics is to build some unified will about what ought to be, from the vast diversity of interests and perspectives within the community.

Here there are no miracles in sight. Indeed it is hard to imagine them emerging this side of the grave.
Juvenal’s question: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will guard the guardians) remains as ever a reminder of our fallen state and a spur to continue our efforts to build a better world.

The program's page:
abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/beyond-vox-pop

The MP3 file:
mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/04/orr_20120429_0945.mp3

26 April 2012

GetUp's CommunityRun

Other electorates can use the same idea as we use on this site, so:

We have used GetUp's CommunityRun to get the idea out to their members.
communityrun.org/petitions/no-more-safe-seats

No More Safe Seats
Before you vote in a safe seat think about which of the candidates is the best representative for the electorate. Find out about all the candidates and don't get lazy and vote along party lines.

Before it comes to an election do you know someone who should be nominated as a candidate? How can you support them?

Take the election back from the party machines or get in the machine and influence it!

20 April 2012

Review of welfare payments‎?

Joe Hockey discussion on Twitter was very busy 19 April 2012. Hockey was a trending topic for Sydney on Twitter that evening.

News for 19 April 2012

Hockey attack on benefits blasted‎
Sydney Morning Herald
THE government has seized on shadow treasurer Joe Hockey's provocative attack on 'entitlements' to claim a Coalition government would make widespread ...
Joe Hockey on the right track, if slightly idealistic‎ The Australian
Hockey's flagged cuts to income support short lived‎ ABC Online
(from 332 news articles)
Sydney Morning Herald

Run, Joe, run‎
Sydney Morning Herald
Is Joe Hockey starting his run for the Liberal Party leadership and, therefore, the Lodge? Or maybe the run just became more obvious as he goes where Tony ...
Sydney Morning Herald

Hockey calls for wholesale review of welfare payments‎
ABC Online
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has committed a future Coalition government to a review of the whole range of Australian welfare payments.
ABC

Government attacks Hockey welfare comments‎
ABC Online
The Federal Government has attacked shadow treasurer Joe Hockey's calls to wind back welfare, accusing him of unfairly targeting poorer Australians.
ABC

Coalition tries to hose down talk of welfare cuts‎
ABC Online
... it is planning to make sweeping cuts to welfare payments, after shadow treasurer Joe Hockey declared the "age of entitlement" was coming to an end.
ABC

'Look at Asia': Hockey flags welfare cuts‎
SBS
Mr Hockey told policymakers in Europe the "age of entitlement" in Western countries was over. (File AAP)
Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey has told..
SBS