One thing we do in eAustralia very well. Is argue.
Perhaps for now, I will leave my first statement at that
And nothing seems to set off the waambulance or sook-copter more than discussions around alliances.
At the moment, there are plenty of stances to choose from.
We have the CoT, CTRL, Eden, neutral supporters (#dontjoinitsatrap!) and of course a range of local alliances, either new, or in the case of some of our neighbours, ramping up.
I want to kick off that debate. But do it in a bit of a different way this term.
AND I WANT YOU INVOLVED.
SO WHAT IS THE IDEA?
On 6 November, if I am elected and immediately following the vote, the FIRST thing the new MoFA team has been asked to do is set up a new, novel way of having a rational debate on our position regarding alliances.
To do this, we are going to set up this debate.
BUT, not your normal kind of one.
The MoFAs are going to call for a number of "Advocates".
These people, regardless of their personal views, are going to be asked to take on a "Case". For example:
1. Pro-CoT - why should we join?
2. Pro-CTRL - why should we join?
3. Pro-Eden - why should we join?
4. Pro-Local Alliance - why should we join?
5. Pro-Neutrality - why should we stay NEUTRAL.
Each Advocate's job is to use any and all means to make a case and sending the MoFA an article answering why we should take their position.
WHAT? HOW? HUH?
They will be appointed following a call for interested people prepared to take on a case, and will start no later than 10 November. Their identities, and the case they are assigned will be announced publicly.
THEY THEN, have 5 days through whatever means (eg, submissions from the public who support their "case", talking to alliance nations) to provide to the MoFAs their brief or manifesto as to why that position is the BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD (NO NOT LITERALLY).
In other words, it is their job to sell the argument. The better the argument, the more kudos to them in showing they can actually pull together a good argument. Basically they will lead their case entirely and run it how they see fit to achieve their goal.
Following this, all 5 papers will be released publicly and people (including the other advocates) can then use comments to add a final rebuttal section, taking in account any arguments from the other cases put forward to deliver a final picture to YOU, the people.
This will inform public opinion, and potentially, any subsequent public votes on these.
It also means, the arguments can be about the point, not the personal bias of the person who wrote each case (as it actually was their JOB to be biased).
There will be a number of ground rules, and, yes, advocates will be rewarded for their time (BY ME. NOT A BUDGET MEASURE OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING).
The work they do will involve some specific points to cover, so they cannot just write something without thought, and their selection will be based on their ability to put something reasonable together.
New players and old can apply to be one. It will be a great way to get known, is low risk because you are taking a side (similar to a debate team) regardless of your personal view, and the better your case the more likely in the end you will be to gain some respect and public regard.
That's the idea. MoFA is putting more thought into the mechanics of it, and this will be released in due course.
I also think this will be something of use to TJ and his group, as not only will it help measure public opinion, but it will pull together some fresh views and perspectives outside of this which would be good.
It's also a fun way to get the wider community involved.
There will ALSO be a reward/reimbursement for people who meet SET standards in what they write (minimum content, words, format etc). As this is an experiment as part of my term under the MoFA, I will personally be putting this forward outside our budget. And, it will be GOOD.
(PS: James Rellori).
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