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Kevin Andrews: Labor sees civil society as an extension of government

Also, here’s an excerpt from a speech by Kevin Andrews (Liberal Party, Australia):

The institutions of civil society are important because they are neither created nor controlled by the state. Public funding requires accountability and services require training, skills, and a professional approach, but it is important that the independence and the volunteering ethos of the sector is protected and encouraged. We should guard against unnecessary state control of the civil sector.

There is a danger that government can seduce community groups into becoming its mouthpiece. There is also a danger that government will see the voluntary sector as just an extension of itself.

… One only has to look to Britain to see how non-government organisations can morph into quasi-government organisations.

… One approach is summed up in the opening words of the Maiden Speech of the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd: “Politics is about power. It is about the power of the State. It is about the power of the State as applied to individuals, the society in which they live and the economy in which they work.”

The other approach is about empowering people, not exercising power over them. It is the approach that the Leader of the Opposition utilised last week when he referred to Abraham Lincoln’s famous description of democracy as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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Teddy Bobo Film Club: Series 10, Friday Jan 27 2012

The Teddy Bobo Film Club will hold its tenth series of short films + constructive thinking skills, this Friday evening in Richmond (Melbourne, Australia).

The Edward de Bono method we’ll be working with this session will be one of the 3 formal methods (and attitudes) of lateral thinking: PO, Provocation (Reversal).

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THE BATTLE OF IDEAS (Commanding Heights, Episode One)

“… from the ashes of the catastrophe,
an intellectual and political struggle ignites
between the powers of government and
the forces of the marketplace,
each determined to reinvent the world’s economic order.”

For the advancement and inspiration of its members

PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP

Proudly presents

With the kind permission of

InVision Productions of London & William Cran

Another outstanding documentary:

THE BATTLE OF IDEAS
(Commanding Heights, Part One)

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