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Richard Glover: The #ThatWentWell movement

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16.08.2019

I want to start a new movement and I need your help. It's called ThatWentWell. You can render it as a hashtag or as a conversation starter. It means, just occasionally, acknowledging an idea that proved successful.

My new movement will, of course, be a failure. We have no appetite for praise; only for pessimism. We're so cynical about politicians and experts, leaders of all kinds, we imagine there's nothing they can get right.

Let's balance the rage with a little enthusiasm.

Much of the time experience backs that view. Sydney's new buildings are falling apart due to greed and a lack of oversight. The National Broadband Network can provide a worse service than the system it replaced. The mismanagement of the Murray-Darling should make every Australian heart ache with shame.

I could go on. It's important, as Gough Whitlam would say to "maintain the rage". And yet, as the great man once reminded me, his actual words were a little different: "Maintain your rage," he said back in 1975, "and your enthusiasm".

So, here's some enthusiasm for some public policy ideas – however few in number – that have worked out rather well. You may disagree with some, or want to add others to the list. Raging about failure is one way to make the world a better place, but so is enthusiasm for success – if only as a way of saying "more,........

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