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March 26th, 2008

Filed under: Community Wishlist — newseditor @ 12:15 am

The Australian Government is calling for the visionary opinions and ideas of intelligent people like yourselves on any of the following topics:

1. Australian Economy 2. Infrastructure 3. Sustainability and Climate Change 4. Rural Australia 5. Health 6. Communities and Families 7. Indigenous Australia 8. Creative Australia 9. Governance 10. Australia’s Future in the World

Have your say at http://www.australia2020.gov.au

Online submissions are due April 9th.  It’s a simple process and you can have a summary of your submission emailed to you, which you are welcome to post here.

4 Comments

  1. My say on a sustainable long term health strategy:

    Ban life depleting food additives and other known carcinogens. Support localised organic whole food industries. Kill three birds with one stone and promote the consumption of wild goat meat. Empower human beings by promoting the common ancient wisdom of self healing. Make redundant the industry of dependence – doctors should be community members who get paid by the community when we are well and not when we are sick. Stress is obviously a major cause of illness – start by alleviating the stress of overwork and debt by aiming for an economy where interest rates minimal and the working week is 3-4 days. Health is wellbeing and wellbeing is happiness and harmony in daily life. Epidemic illness is good economic fortune for few but widespread health is good economics for us all.

    Comment by newseditor — March 26, 2008 @ 12:46 am

  2. Here here!…apply common sense logic to sustainable living…get back to local living and support community ventures…I will find the quote but one of the fathers of modern economics ‘John Maynard Keynes’ stated quite clearly that global trade was a fizzer of an idea excepting the trade of specialised technology and knowledge…when people wake up to the economic lies drummed into us by the media great opportunities will awaken and we wont give a rats arse about ‘economic growth’ or ‘trade balances’…these are all figments of govern-ment (control-thy-mind) imagination and they do not serve the interests of people they serve the interests of the global corporations which have been feasting freely on the Australian environment with devastating effects…this would be a great opportunity as a school project for Leigh Creek kids to have their say about the future they envisage…Rudd is not providing any constructive visions but there is nothing to stop people creating positive visions for themselves…switch off the TV, burn the newspapers, plant some trees…go camping and gaze at the stars!

    Great idea for kids to have their say, the future is their inheritance after all. I sent a link. – amt

    Comment by Nigel — March 26, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  3. I received this via email from black & green solidarity. It gives very good guidlines for putting in a submission onto the 2020 site. Thank you Saphire Elf Girl……

    “But words are things, and a small drop of ink,

    Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces

    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”
    George Gordon Byron

    Guidlines:

    *Read the topic and write the response, intuitively, then tidy
    it up, make it quick, short and concise.

    * You do not need to address every aspect in the topic; address
    the point that strikes you or as many as you like.

    * State the crux of your submission in the first paragraph, tie
    it up again in the last paragraph.

    * Reinforce the need for systemic re-evaluation of what and how we do things: old thinking created the problem; we need new thinking for the solution.

    * Emphasise where the thinking is same old, same old. Provide
    broad but specific recommendations for the new.

    * Make it positive, focus on the ‘what, how and where to’.

    * Make it broad brush, only use points that illustrate your
    contention succinctly.

    * Use references rather than detail from literature, if you
    feel they are necessary.

    * Quotes are great to support your contention, but only if they
    make a critical difference to what you wish to say

    * Make one submission, or make one per topic.

    * Encourage everyone to make a submission.

    * Write a submission on behalf of a group you belong to then
    ask the group members to endorse or contribute.

    “Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it… You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result” Mahatma Gandhi

    Let’s do it!

    Comment by di — April 3, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  4. After seeing the news about the 2020 meeting I am not sure anything will be done as suggested. We can only hope again that common sense will prevail and that government agendas don’t over-ride the ideas from the people. Only time will tell.
    With wings of lightest feather we fly towards our future
    with heads full of ideas and ideals
    our arms wrapped around our children for safety
    our hands full of the daily grind
    our lungs breathing the air of hope
    our stomachs growling for the food of democracy
    with bums firmly planted on seats of office
    with legs to walk us along a path
    our knees bent in supplication
    are our feet planted on the earth?

    Comment by di Aphonus — April 25, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

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