PRAISE directed at this column is more often than not accompanied by the rejoinder that it doesn’t consider people’s feelings. “You’d do better if you didn’t annoy people”, is a common piece of advice.
Over many years in business and government, I’ve formed a firm view that this advice is patently wrong. Indeed, my view is that you are unlikely to achieve anything at all unless you upset a few people.
Clearly that’s a heretical thought in our touch-feely era of bringing everyone along’ and 18C style damnation of free speech, but what do you do when you spent the time and effort to understand issues, to join groups, to discuss and still people refuse to budge?
What is the mechanism to facilitate change, in an era where populist sentiment supports, for example, spending $6 billion dollars a year on the indigenous problem and dismisses the studied, practical and proven suggestions and efforts of people like Noel Pearson.
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