Wednesday, 26 October 2016

IT'S TIME .... time to rethink and reimagine local governance in Tasmania

Emmanuel Macron is a high official investment banker and politician French, born in Amiens 1977. 

Macron is a technocrat, tax inspector and an investment banker at Rothschild & C  before being appointed Deputy General Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic with François Hollande 2012 to 2014 . 

He was appointed Minister of Economy Industry and Numeric in the government Manuel Valls II inAugust 2014. Having been a member of the Socialist Party between 2006 and 2009 , he founded the movement “En Marche!”, or “Forward!” [LINK].

Macron resigned from his ministerial duties in August 2016.

Emmanuel Macron was Montebourg’s successor as Minister of the Economy and possibly a presidential candidate in 2017. Macron has his own proposal for creating an allotted supervisory body ... the creation of a citizens’ commission . 

Macron may have earned a degree in philosophy at one of Paris' top universities, but there is nothing grande école about his manner. In our social-media age of "real" politicians, he appears the epitome of authenticity.... [LINK]

Each year, the president of the Republic has to appear before a citizens’ commission – [citizens' assembly/jury - LINK]  –  to be held to account, possibly supported by the Court of Audit. Macron envisages the possibility of using allotment. This would allow the recreation of a little “political hygiene” in the system. For creating a democratic debate “which does not exist today”.

"He speaks his mind, but he does so in an elegant way. He is talented and business- oriented. The country needs someone like him to embody innovation and to give it a face."
So Macron may indeed be what one commentator calls the "missing link", that reassuring yet revolutionary insider/outsider able to connect all of France's fabulous assets. But it's not entirely clear that even Macron's pin-up looks and charisma will be enough to genuinely transform France into Start-Up Nation 2.0.
Back in June TIME ran a story "Emmanuel Macron Has Big Plans for France. Is It Ready for Them?" that reported that when Macron visited the small driving school in Montreuil the owner handed him a boxed gift. Inside lay a sculpture of the literary character Don Quixote, the self-styled knight who fights for impossibly noble ideals. Macron laughed as he picked it up. “We need people who dream impossible things,” he said, “who maybe fail, sometimes succeed, but in any case who have that ambition.” 

Macron’s dreams of becoming France's next President – and  brining about fundament change – no longer seems impossible. So, if Macron can dream of fundamental change why not entertain such change in Tasmania – and sooner rather than later?

Tasmania's Local Govt Act 1993 is well past its use-by-date, its flawed in a 21st C context and its provisions are open to governance without accountability. Quite simply, on the evidence the 'system' is broken and dysfunctional. Tasmania has often been used as a kind of 'social laboratory' and very often with positive outcomes. 

Rather that 'stick like a load'a krap' to an outmoded and klapped-out local governance system its time to embrace change. It's time to start a really serious conversation about effecting real change and right now.

Watch this space!

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