Ideas for SA shouldn’t be preserve of elites

InDaily, Adelaide Independent News
Jay Weatherill 
25 May 2015

It is true that the power of our ideas will help to drive and sustain South Australia’s future.

But when we think about “the next big things” it is important to ask who gets to decide what these are – and who gets included in the discussion.

As Premier, I have made a conscious effort to make the realm of ideas an opportunity for every citizen.

Experts and intellectual endeavor remain important but they should inform and serve the values and aspirations of citizens – not dictate them.

Aside from a philosophical belief in democracy, there are good reasons to strengthen the participation of people who have not traditionally thought themselves capable of influencing big ideas.

In a practical sense more people should be involved in generating and debating ideas because it helps us to make better decisions as a state.

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