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Can someone please tell me what the hell is so wrong with the 2020 Summit?
All week long and into this morning I've been reading as the Liberals and their sympathizers opine, blog and generally whinge about something that they seem to have little understanding of in the first place.
Brendan Nelson called the first day a "shermozzle." Thats right, the guy who can't get his own party to support him - the guy whose public approval rating is below 10%. That guy!
Alan Ramsey decided the best way to lampoon this "expensive wankery" was to publish the timetable of the event.
That'll show em Alan!
I think I know why the Liberals are against it - simple really, the 2020 summit flies directly in the face of what the right have worked so hard to build their platform on in the last 12 or so years, ie. that power, money and influence should be held by the powerful, rich and influential. The poor to middle class are obviously there because they don't work hard enough and thus never deserve a real voice in the hallowed halls of government - essentially perpetuating the class system which has supported them from time immemorial.
Public office that is passed from powerful generation to powerful generation along lines of family and influence does NOT a good governing body make. I'm sure there are some politicians who have done exceptional jobs having come from privileged positions but I dare say they are very much in the minority.
Don't think I'm letting the left off in this regard though - politicians who come from privilege is not a right wing invention - but they certainly have made it into an artform.
The lambasting of the 2020 summit shows an unwillingness to share and displays an unbending ear in the direction of possible great new ideas.
Just because an endeavour has no guarantees does not mean that it isn't worth it. It's called "trying new stuff" and the Liberal party is going to have to learn that concept if they even wish to exist, let alone have a chance at governance in the near future. I believe the result of the last Federal election was proof of that.
The idea that one should never join an enterprise that doesn't have a 99% chance of success is ridiculous in the extreme and leads directly and irreversibly to stagnation.
The plain fact of the matter is that the 2020 Summit may produce nothing of value whatsoever. Does that make it a pointless exercise? No, not in the least. It's something that should have been done a long time ago and I have a feeling it will provide at least something of value.
And as for "expensive wankery," I think that particular cake was taken when Howard's plans for a $500,000-plus renovation of the private dining room in his Parliament House offices was revealed, don't you think?