The Senate Economics References Committee has recently been investigating the power and influence of "Big Tech" over Australian democracy. Our submission was that as the Australian government fails to even try competing against such growing powers, then the Australian way of life is increasingly just the whims of what Big Tech lets us do.
The subsequent release of ChatGPT just days later has vividly shown how true our predictions are − that people live online, outside the notion of "Australia"; and that if we are to have any say in how our society operates; then our governments need to be participants in providing our online life.
The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water recently sought comments on whether native forest biomass should be counted as "renewable" for the purpose of the Renewable Energy Target.
After each federal election, a parliamentary committee reviews the conduct of the election and calls for public submissions into how elections could be improved. We're serious about accountable government and participatory democracy.
This is Fusion's first submission to a parliamentary inquiry! If you would like to be involved with the next one, please email [email protected].
Our submission is number 304 published on the parliament house website. The parliamentary committee will publish their report(s) there too.
Fusion's AGM is is an opportunity to find out what the party has been up to, vote on proposed changes to the association's constitution and, my favourite part, vote for the members who will lead the organisation for the next year.