Australia didn’t become one of the best places to live in the world by accident, but by activism. The stagnant nature of modern politics makes it easy to assume that the river of progress is dammed, or at least heavily silted, but most of the major obstacles are surmountable. In many cases the public support for change is already there, waiting to be mobilised. On the tough sells we can learn, as John Wiseman suggests, from Milton Friedman:
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.” Perhaps as we are clearly faced with some major challenges then (as Einstein understood) there will be an opposite reaction. This may be underground but it will be effective…. because it has to be. And good always wins - change always happens. But it only happens when the conditions are right and people are empowered. Im hoping the next 3 years can be watershed and the people make a transformation. I also hope that in that time the new Government can be held back on its ability to effect too much damage that isnt reversible.