Ross Gittins wrote, “What made the recurrence of my fiscal nightmare so scary was Hockey’s fatuous statement that ”no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity”, which signalled his resolve to get the deficit down purely by cuts in government spending. Seriously? That’s a sign he still doesn’t understand the nature and severity of his problem. No treasurer has ever purely cut his way to budget balance. Not an encouraging sign.”
We need to look to generating prosperity in ways that are positive and create momentum for the creation of the society of the future. Impoverishing the vulnerable within a
population leads to long term disadvantage often over multiple generations through the entrenched behaviours of meaninglessness and/or meaningless or socially destructive work options (eg. prositiution, gambling). These increasing work choices erode the social integrity of the community and the personal dignity of the individual who is unable to find work in more positive and constructive occupations.
The government needs to place more confidence in the creative energies that exist in any population and build a society where everyone can feel proud in their contribution. We need government to see the possibilities and the adventure to build Australia as the best place it can be, and where each segment of the community have dignity and purpose in their production. We need a government with a positive vision that we all can be proud of, so that we can know where we are and know what we are working for, together.
To activate something ‘new’ in society occurs at the political and philosophical levels. The new is constructed from the present ‘being’ from where we ‘embark upon the careful construction of mechanisms of engagement’ in ‘becoming’, to enable the processes of change to anticipate the desired future. Therefore, the new can only be arrived at or ‘constructed’ through a ‘critical engagement with our present’.
We need a government to harness the present with an inclusive and innovative direction and aspire to a vision where everyone is significant, and where they use their personal strengths and imaginative resources. We don’t need more of the same or a bigger quantity of the same, we need a different, more imaginative, more inclusive, more innovative use of less primary sources and increased human endeavour and enterprise.