A new country and a new constitution…

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Today’s topic (above) is an interesting one. I have studied the Australian constitution and it is plain to see that we cannot predict the needs of the future. One aspect of the Australian constitution is the difficulty of making changes due to the complexity of HOW to make it happen. We’ve had many referendums since Federation but very few have been affirmative. I guess that is not necessarily a bad thing.

I would like to include a clause about substantive equality. This clause would acknowledge that some people need a little more help than others to get access to equality in our society.

I would also work up a statement that forces us to work things out in a less adversarial fashion. We could learn from Edward de Bono‘s Six Thinking Hats. There are some things in life that cannot be resolved through a logical head to head confrontation. We need to use our emotional intelligence and learn to do things differently.

I would also write an acknowledgement at the beginning of the Constitution recognising the traditional owners of the land and work with these people to develop a Treaty where we could share the land and its resources. Each party is to benefit from the agreement within the Treaty.

It is also timely to include a clause about our relationship with our environment. At no time should the environment be exploited just for material benefit or capitalist gain. All development must reach very high environmental standards and prove to all that it is necessary to go ahead for the good of us ALL – not just a few.

I think that will do for starters 🙂

Lorraine

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