The current modus of economic/social operation in the country has failed and is failing further. The shadow economy grows every year as a result of the lawful economy falling and favoring the select few. We have outright squandered the opportunity to close the gap between Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander people and the majority of other Australians. Our waste output per unit population is in the top ten of the world. Our homeless are now in the tens of thousands, the number of those in poverty increases daily, our city buildings are increasingly abandoned due to impossible rents. Our children if they are lucky enough to be born with (or attain or inherit) support go to schools that rate extremely low in relation to comparable countries in terms of OECD ranking. Families are also struggling, those which were once the middle of Australia economically are battling for ever-precarious roles, short term contracts and redundancies.
The public fears the police and witnesses their corruption (fudging breathalyzer tests for example). The Judicial system favors the wealthy and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds represent the majority in our prisons. We the public find it increasingly difficult to trust the political system and the parties/ individuals with in it (unreasonable spending on travel etc). Raids on the ABC's files for suspicion alone, up to two weeks rendition of innocent citizens (again on suspicion) and 'Dob in a dodger' tips to the Australian Taxation Office do little to dissuade our fear. Not to mention the ATO bullying small businesses (already roughing it) whilst immense corporations pay next to zero tax.
Welfare recipients on the cusp of survival are regularly granted debts incorrectly. Childcare workers struggle to educate our future generations in the large classes, aged care and disability care workers are suffering in the massive facilities where there is often only one carer for up to fifty patients. Hospital systems are at breaking point and together we walk into debt willingly. Mental illness in the country is at all time high and the daily grind is isolating us further as business competition becomes the dominant arena in which we interact. Our data is gathered at every point in our lives and we have little to no control on protecting it (if the CIA cannot protect their data, what hope is there for meager Aussie citizens).
Not surprisingly to all involved in the national project the situation is dire. In the best interest of all who participated we have, as a country, more or less arrived in the position we find ourselves in, through choice and not by chance. Together Australia will make it as a country or we shall not make it at all.
We need to make well thought out and concerted efforts together. Soon the public will be making a list of ten changes it wants to see take place in Australia within the next financial year – it will be presented to you. We would then like for you to pick five of the ten changes and take steps to put them into Australian law. Should the five items on the list fail to be in place by the end of the next financial year, we the public, will be forced to take measures into our own hands. We will create enormous, assertive, yet peaceable public demonstrations across all of Australia's major cities. These acts of civil disobedience will be extremely disruptive to the economy and proper functioning of these cities, yet it is a price, we the public, are prepared to pay.
a concerned citizen.
This would be wonderful to actually follow through on, alas we the public are an insipid, sheepish and timid bunch. Incapable of organizing a decent soiree let alone a rally. Although I hear movements are afoot in Sydney regarding the climate and perhaps the rest of the cities will follow... who knows? Mass demonstrations may be coming to a city near you