Category Archives: Making A Difference

Peter Versi to the rescue

Italian Australian businessman Peter Versi is one individual who has made a difference and quietly enriched our democracy by his actions. Helped others. Donated time. Saved lives. Risked his own. And he didn’t do all that to boast on social … Continue reading

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Why Noor bin Ladin urges ‘vote for Trump’

In a passionate Letter to America, the niece of Osama bin Laden sets out a coherent and compelling case for an America led by Donald Trump. She writes because she is “heartbroken to see how an entire generation was successfully … Continue reading

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We are half reconciled

Andrew L. Urban. Senator Pat Dodson, often called the ‘father of reconciliation’, said last week that political leaders had failed to reconcile with indigenous people, despite doing so with nations Australia had gone to war with, such as Japan after … Continue reading

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Adversarial or collaborative democracy?

By Andrew L. Urban I was invited to attend this week’s Yaketi Yak organised by the Centre for Social Impact,  in which the ABC’s Peter Thompson interviewed Luca Belgiorno-Nettis about his ongoing search for a better system of democracy. Luca has … Continue reading

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Democracy in the carbon sandwich

By Andrew L. Urban   [Elements of this paper form a submission to the Australian Select Senate Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes, August 15, 2011.]   In the interests of democracy,Australiashould re-frame the discussion on climate policy as … Continue reading

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Citizens assemblies & Julia Gillard PM

By Andrew L. Urban When Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced during the 2010 election campaign that she would establish a Citizens’ Assembly to deliberate on and find consensus for climate change policies, the idea was derided and ridiculed. It … Continue reading

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