ARCHBISHOP PHILIP FREIER

THOUGHTS AND OPINION


Is democracy broken?

Is democracy broken?

18 May 2017 

Many people sense that we are on the edge of a precipice, with old authority structures collapsing and less accountable, more frightening ones replacing them, Archbishop Philip Freier said in a public conversation in Deakin Edge at Federation Square yesterday.
In the first of the Archbishop’s Conversations for 2017, with Australian living national treasure Barry Jones and Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod, Archbishop Freier said the conception of the common good was failing.
Fiona McLeod SC said it was seriously concerning that a US President could trash the authority of the courts in 140 characters or less, or that Australian cabinet ministers would attack the courts if they did not like a decision.
Barry Jones said 2016 could prove a global turning point. Australia was the most educated it had ever been, with 4.5 million graduates and another million still studying, but they were not engaging in public issues. Describing the main political parties as “the timid party and the tepid party”, he said his membership card said “proud life member of the Labor Party”, but he had deleted proud” with white-out.
The conversation was moderated by John Cleary. Watch the 75-minute conversation on YouTube.

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