European politics, philosophy, science and communications were radically reoriented during the course of the “long 18th century” (1685-1815) as part of a movement referred to by its participants as the Age of Reason, or simply the Enlightenment.
After living through the Dark Ages of the ATM government, is it possible that Australia is edging towards its own Enlightenment?
People are starting to wake up to the climate change deniers. Much as they may want cheaper power, they also want to leave their children a viable planet to live on. The Coalition can cuddle coal all they want but the people want renewable energy.
Queensland has conceded that women who choose to terminate a pregnancy are not criminals. Have we finally been elevated beyond vessel/vassal status and given the right to have control over our own bodies?
Next Monday, the Prime Minister will deliver a National Apology to victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The churches have been made to confess their sins.
There is genuine movement on saving the children on Nauru from the torture we have imposed on them. Let’s hope it happens before a child dies at our hands.
The government was also led kicking and screaming to acknowledging the right of all adults to marry without the state telling them who they may or may not love. True tolerance and acceptance of people regardless of their sexuality still has some way to go but progress has been made.
While women remain woefully under-represented in positions of power, big business and the Labor Party have taken concrete steps to address this imbalance.
Politicians who seek to promote fear about Muslims, African ‘gangs’, and non-white immigration are finally being told to sit down and shut up.
The government peremptorily rejected the Uluru Statement from the Heart but their voices are being heard around the country and others are joining their trek to provide a future for our children based on justice and self-determination.
Perhaps we needed the horror of Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce and now the hapless hopeless Melissa Price, to make us say whoa, wrong way go back.
We need transparent, accountable government. We need respectful relationships built on the trust that honesty and reliability deliver. We need all Australians to keep the momentum going.
What we don’t need is more marketing.