AQ: Australian Quarterly - - A WORD - Grant Mills

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.

And don't for­get to find us on Face­book (@AQAus­trali­aQuar­terly) and Twit­ter (@AQjour­nal)

Have a long and care­free sum­mer every­one!

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