The progressive bills thinktank has come up with a number of ideas for member's bills, some of them even viable. Among these are:
- Reforming abortion legislation;
- Annual CPI adjustments for benefit or Community Services Card income-test levels;
- Tweaking the ERA to better cope with outsourced labour and "independent contractors" by focusing on the concept of "worker" rather than "employee" (as is apparently done in UK legislation);
- Barring political donations from blind trusts;
- Electoral reform to allow preferential voting for candidates (would require a supermajority or referendum);
- Introducing a carbon tax.
(There were other ideas, but these are the ones I thought were most interesting or achievable).
The next step is talking to politicians. While it may seem like we should be drafting legislation and trying to wonk out the details, what we actually need are MPs willing to take up these ideas and introduce them to the House. So, I'm after suggestions on specific politicians to approach for each one - and more importantly, people willing to adopt a bill and ask those MPs whether they would be willing to put it up.
So, any volunteers?