A down-to-earth guide to a decent and enduring Australia
I have drafted a new book. I would be happy to get feedback. If you would like a copy, email me at geoffd – at – netspeed.com.au . It is available in pdf or epub formats.
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More information follows, and additional material can be seen at the new book page.
To retrieve the fair-go, democratic Australia we thought we lived in, we need change at many levels.
We need political parties that serve us, a civil political conversation, policies that relate to reality, and less destructive media.
We need to restore compassion and cooperation to their place in our society. We need an economy that reflects those values. We need to value government.
We need to recognise our total dependence on a healthy natural world.
At the deepest level we need healthier relationships, with each other and with the natural world.
- Love? In Politics? 4
- Some Neglected History 10
- Rise of the Radical Right 24
- Australia’s Recent Experience 36
- Seeking a New Strategy 44
- Human Nature 60
- Healthier Relationships 72
- Politics With Heart and Head 84
- An Economy to Support Society 98
- Media – Society’s Conversation 116
- Knowledge and Open Debate 128
- Relating with Countries and Corporations 134
- Economy II – Banks and Other Topics 146
- Relating With the Land 156
- Beautiful Solutions 168
- Special People 184
- Decent and Enduring 194
Appendix: Songs, Oaths, Flags 206
About the Author 220