GOYA: Gabfest online submissions about to close
Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-04-04
GOYA (my acronym for "Get Off Your A…[s]") and make a 2020 gabfest submission over the weekend, because your chance (unless you are a delegate) disappears by Wednesday 2008-04-09.
Australian bloggers, if they don’t make at least an online submission of a couple of sentences are either:
- hyprocrites (all talk, except where those who can actually change policy might hear);
- bereft of ideas or opinions (if which case, why blog?); or
- only write on things as insubstantial as football, films and fluffy kittens (so you probably aren’t reading this blog anyway).
Even if you put a one liner of the form "We need to take much more action on the climate, sooner than planned by current government policy, or our economy and social welfare will suffer greatly", or something of similar structure, or something on a different subject, such a submission has value, by forcing awareness of politicians by the inevitable executive summaries they’ll get that will include "X people felt strongly that we should Y".
So, before you next post a blog article or comment, go and make a quick online submission, ideally with an out-of-left-field idea that you’ve mentioned in your blog or to friends before.
As to those people who’ve written to newspaper editors with "They oughta do X": unless they’ve also make a submission, they’ve pretty much wasted the time they spent writing to the newspaper when the same time could have gone straight to the place it matters.
Now, I’d also hope most of you either cut-and-paste from your online submission into your next blog post, or cut-and-paste from the copy of your submissions (one page per topic on the website, although even I didn’t make comment in all topics) that you get as an acknowledgement direct to your email inbox.
I look forward to reading such cut-and-pasted submissions in the next posts from the various blogs I peruse, and welcome comments from you all that link to your own post detailing your 2020 gabfest submission.