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30 November 2023
Media article: The Crown is the enemy of the People.
Read about how the trail of David McBride has unmasked a terrible situation for Australia's democracy. It would appear that our armed forces must act against the public interest if ordered to do so by our foreign sovereign or his or her Executive.
Read the abridged version here in Pearls and Irritations.
Read the full article here in The State of Australia Newsletter on Substack.
26 October 2023
Launch of Australia Together Podcast series: Insights into Human Rights and Democracy in Australia.
Listen to Episodes 37, 38 & 39 of the Australia Together Podcast containing an audio recording of the answers to Senator Thorpe's questions to Bronwyn Kelly. This also includes a detailed answer to a key question about democracy in Australia from the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Mr Josh Burns MP.
19 October 2023
Release of ACFP Founder's testimony to parliament on human rights.
9 October 2023
The Australian Republican Movement's podcast interview with ACFP's Bronwyn Kelly
Listen to the interview to find out how Australia's democracy is failing us and how it can be revived. Thanks to Evelyn Santoro for this podcast.
25 July 2023
Radio interview on Indigenous Voice and the Constitution.
Michael Lester interviews ACFP's Bronwyn Kelly, author of The People's Constitution, on Radio Northern Beaches about how constitutional enshrinement of an Indigenous Voice is a model for empowering all Australians. Michael praises the book as "ambitious, wonderful and thought provoking". The interview covers questions about the three major constitutional changes proposed in the book: Values, Rights and Voices.
22 June 2023
Summary of ACFP's submission to the Inquiry into Australia's Human Rights Framework.
Read about how a Human Rights Act is desirable but that it will not suffice to protect the human rights of Australians. Nothing less than constitutional enshrinement of human rights will prevent their abuse by governments.
Click here for the summary of ACFP's submission to the Inquiry into Australia's Human Rights Framework.
20 May 2023
Media article by Bronwyn Kelly on how ACFP's reports on The State of Australia help us hold parliaments to account in elections.
The 2022 federal election was the first to be accompanied by an independent report on the performance of the outgoing 46th parliament in building a better Australia - The State of Australia 2022. Read about how at the 2025 election all Australians will have access to a report which gives them enough accurate data to hold the 47th parliament to account for any failure to support the national interest and to offer the incoming government an agenda capable of meeting that interest over the coming decade. Read the full article.
21 April 2023
Submission to Defence on reforming defence legislation
Read ACFP's submission to the Defence Department's proposals for reform of defence legislation. The Department's "Guiding Principles for Reform" of defence laws run counter to the values of Australians. The review should be shelved in favour of a fully inclusive strategic planning process in which Australians can participate to define the nation’s strategic interests and acceptable paths towards the maintenance of those interests.
14 March 2023
Launch of major essay - Conversations with Australia's Treasurer about building an Australian people's economy.
ACFP’s Founder Bronwyn Kelly discusses Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ commitment to hold conversations on the economy. She looks at how Australians can chime in and suggests that there are three important conversations that should be established between the government and Australians at large if we are to succeed as a nation in building the sort of economy the government wants – one that promotes inclusion, equality and the values of Australians.
Listen to the full essay here on ACFP's YouTube podcasts.
23 January 2023
Submission to Treasury on Measuring What Matters
Read ACFP's submission to Treasury's call for comment on what Australia should be measuring about its wellbeing. ACFP has introduced Treasury to the Australia Together National Wellbeing Index - a new way of measuring what matters most to Australians now and for the future. This is a very different measurement framework to the OECD framework preferred by Treasury which does not measure what is important to Australians. Read the full submission to Treasury from ACFP here.