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Feed My Mind: Episode 4

I was stoked to do the Feed My Mind podcast. We talked about lots, but most importantly we discussed tax reform.

The recurring question of the podcast, and we discuss it specifically around 24:00, is how do you influence a national agenda? The answer is simple. You need to know clearly what you want to achieve and to get there that you need to fight for your principles.

Listen to the podcast, and read my highlights below.

On tax reform…

  • The discussion around public debate is shifting from left vs right towards generational interests.
  • Most people look at who should pay tax based on their wealth position. If you look at the problem, vertically, nearly 3/4 of all of tax is paid for by working age people through income tax.
  • What we have is more and more of the tax system falling onto a shrinking number of people.
  • Trying to get ahead is made harder by the tax system, it is not fair.

On values in politics…

When the opportunity to represent the best community in the country came up, I thought well I’ll have a gamble at that. When you stand up in Parliament, you realise that you’re not speaking for yourself — you’re speaking for hundreds of thousands of people. If your values and that of your community are not in alignment — that will come back to haunt you very quickly. The values of the Goldstein community, are very similar to my own. It gives you confidence to do your job well.

On leadership…

  • You have to take people on a journey — your lived experience isn’t the same as everyone else’s experience.
  • We have to acknowledge the limits of our own experiences, it’s important to understand the diversity of Australia.

On marriage equality…

  • It was one of the most powerful moments in Australian political history.
  • As an ordinary person, it had a huge and profound personal impact. It ended generations of stigma surrounding sexual orientation. It was an opportunity to move on, and since I had been involved for well over a decade.
  • We had decided to make a break with the past, and to enter the 21st century. That was enormously satisfying personally.

On freedom of speech…

  • Pluralistic and tolerant societies require a tolerance of diverse opinions.
  • Homogenous view points are the antithesis of that aspiration.