Reclaiming Our Common Wealth | DISCUSSION PAPER

Reclaiming our Common Wealth: policies for a fair and sustainable future calls for the development of public policy based on Australia’s long term interests and values.

Calling on all Australian politicians to re-think the way they develop public policy, Reclaiming our Common Wealth argues that the short-term thinking of the election cycle is damaging Australia’s long-term interests. We need a new approach to policy development based on consistent principles, underpinned by enduring values.
In recent times there has been a great deal of talk about ‘values’, but there has been little attempt to translate this rhetoric into practical statements of public policy. In this paper we have described a vision for Australia based on the values of freedom, citizenship, ethical responsibility, fairness and stewardship.

Born from an extensive drafting and consultation process, Reclaiming our Common Wealth is intended as a ‘living document’ which could grow and change over time.

Reclaiming our Common Wealth was launched in June 2006.

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CPD should revisit this Subject in the light of Joe Hockey’s provocative statements on Entitlement,earlier this year..
The Servicemen and Servicewomen, who we commemorate on ANZAC day, believed they were fighting for freedom and an Australian way of life..
They would be astounded that as citizens of a modern Democracy we would loose any entitlements. These reactionary politicians actually think that they are Masters not Servants. They have usurped Power and it is up to the citizenry to take it back.
Sickened by the condescension and arrogance displayed on the ABC’s QANDA? The Fourth Estate must rise to occasion and challenge the “Status Quo” and invite the Electorate to develop a new model.

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