TERRATA: In the Oct-dec 2017 edition we incorrectly attributed the Sun, Wind and Fire article on the Contents Page – the correct authors of that article were Dr Colin A. Scholes and Dr Brendan Duffy. Editor-at-large he lull of summer has finally set in - a relief after the final few months of the year. Those dying days of 2017 were a textbook illustration of the many gears that governments have to work in.
The furious build up of energy (on both sides) from the same-sex marriage debate was afforded release as the parliament rushed to be seen to undertake ‘democracy’. This, of course, followed months of trying to slow inevitability by any means possible.
Meanwhile, Victoria quietly went about the business of legalising assisted dying, continuing their raison d’etre of being a thorn in the side of the conservative feds.
And then, in horrifying detail, we witnessed the slow motion car crash that befell the Prime Minister, as he was hedged in on all sides regarding a Banking Royal Commission.
It was a frantic end to a year that had little else to point at domestically. Yet even though it felt like the PM was treading water this year, the challenges facing Australia and the world have continued to amass.
This edition of AQ would have to be one of the most diverse of recent years. This is what AQ does best, ranging across the full spectrum of the issues facing the country - from the risks/opportunity of blockchain technology to Australia’s obligations in the Sustainable Development Goals, from the promise and potential of a Circular Economy to the implications of Brexit for us all.
Yet a common thread underpins them all - the growing need for dramatic paradigm shifts in how we act, how we think, and how we govern. It’s a theme increasingly prevalent in our public discourse; we have begun to push things too far for incremental change to be able to correct.
So as you enjoy the long lingering evenings. I hope that you'll reflect on the small changes we can all make today to help avoid the dramatic crash tomorrow.
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Have a long and carefree summer everyone!