Democracy Can Never Be Sublet
The bushfires and the virus have sharpened attitudes about our democracy and faith in government. Last month 45% of Australians in a Centre for Policy Development poll said the main purpose of our democracy is ensuring all people are treated fairly and equally, including the most vulnerable. Which is why, says Travers McLeod, CEO Centre for Policy Development and Cranlana moderator, Australians are uneasy about outsourcing essential services.
Australians expect government to be an active player in service delivery. And we want democracy to improve the lives of others, particularly the most vulnerable. We want that in the best of times and particularly in the worst of times. Such attitudes are instructive as governments face the biggest labour market disruption in a generation.Traver McLeod, CEO Centre for Policy Development
The CPD examined attitudes to democracy and the role of government and service delivery in 2017 and 2018. Australians believed services delivered by government were higher quality and more affordable, accessible and accountable than those delivered by private companies or charities. Three in four thought it was important for government to maintain the capability and skills to deliver social services directly instead of paying others to do it. Last month, in response to the same questions, nine in 10 said they now think it important for government to maintain the capability and skills to deliver social services directly.
Recent history hasn’t been good for outsourced services, from quarantine hotels to the aged care sector, so when it comes to the issue of jobs different approaches need to be considered because “climbing the jobs mountain with Jobactive will be like doing the Tour de France on a bike with a single gear.”