Hypothetically, if a national election campaign were starting tomorrow, what would be the 10 most important issues to you and in what order.
“… a former Secretary to the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Defence. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England.”
These were his top 10 issues leading into the 2019 election. His reasons for placing them in the order that follows are listed in the Pearls and Irritations blog. Although they are pointedly directed at the 2019 election, and most still require urgent attention, they give me a starting point.
What I am trying to ascertain here is just what is uppermost on people’s minds and what priority you would place them in. You can help me by listing your top 10 policies and the order of the importance you give them in the comments section. Please give it a bit of thought as I am interested in what people with some political nouse think about our democracy.
- Closing the gap.
- Illicit Drugs.
- Early childhood education.
- Reversing the cuts to research and development funding.
- Gonski 3.0.
- A world-class NBN.
- Risks we need to address if we are to survive and thrive in the 21st Century.
- Empathy and compassion.
- Restoring public trust in our political system.
You can add some comments if you wish, but I am mainly interested in what you think are the subjects of most importance going into the next election.
You don’t have to choose from Paul Barratt’s list, and you may choose some or none. For example, COVID-19 wasn’t with us before the last election, as were the horrific bushfires of 2019/2020, and he doesn’t list a national ICAC.
My thought for the day
When a political party deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned assessment of how it is being governed. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.
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