At the time of writing two Australian Senators have had to step down due to being ineligible to hold office due to requirements of Section 44
of the Constitution. Aside from the fact that both Senators were from the same political party, there lies a broader issue. Do our elected representatives read and comprehend the Australian Constitution?
The need to understand the underlying rules of an organisation you have personal involvement with is not something unusual. Consider sports clubs, community groups and school organisations. At some point many Australians, especially those with ambitions for higher public office, refer to constitutions. For our federal representatives, the concept of a governing document applies, yet the stakes are higher than deciding the best and fairest.
To educate future leaders of Western Australia about the importance of the Constitution, Mannkal supports students attending the annual Samuel Griffith Society Conference
. Critics may debate the language and principles in the Constitution, yet it remains the most important document in Australia. Two former Senators will have time to reflect on this issue.
Further abroad, in Warsaw, Poland, US President Donald Trump reminded the commentariat about the enduring importance of the West and Western Civilisation
. The subsequent debate in the US has shown that the importance citizens still place on our Western heritage, stemming from the experience and insights from the Greeks and Romans. The Australian iteration of Western Civilisation benefited from many Scottish migrants and the ideas from the Scottish Enlightenment
that they carried over the oceans.
On Friday, 24th November 2017, Mannkal will be exploring the future of Western Civilisation at a conference hosted at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation
. Speakers and themes will be announced shortly and I look forward to inviting you to attend this important event.
Even before our scholars return from their Winter internships, we start preparing for an expanded Summer program with more of a focus on enrichment and development. Mannkal will be interacting more with our ambassadors, alumni and supporters including through our new website
which was launched last week.
As I settle into the role of Executive Director of Mannkal, I look forward to your input and thoughts on developing the next generation of Western Australian leaders.
Yours in liberty,