Why These 2020 People?
“Blanchett stars ”
“Cate Blanchett takes limelight ”
“Cate Blanchett brings newborn son ”
“Mother and child were the focus of attention “
Forgive us our scepticism. We are in favour of the nation, having rethought its past, rethinking its present and its future.
But why these people at the 2020 Summit? In some cases the answer is obvious, but we wonder why some of these “Type A Personalities” (according to ABC Radio) were selected? Are they, as has been claimed in the media, really Australia’s 1000 “best and brightest”? Do you really have to be a Type A Personality to make a meaningful contribution to the future direction of Australia?
In particular, why Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman? What really are their credentials other than they are successful at pretending? Particularly when, in our own opinion, Blanchett, while attractive to many in an unconventional kind of way, is only a mediocre actor, an “indicator” as it is known in the trade – an opinion we have held since she appeared in Heartland in ’94.
What, apart from her ability to pretend and her now self-generating famosity, makes her especially suited to adjudicate on the future direction Australia ought to take? What, for example, puts her in the same intellectual league as Club Troppo’s Nicholas Gruen? And even more so for Huge Ackman, whose greatest claim to glory surely is his demonstrated ability to survive the brutality of Hollywood with his reputation for pretending to be a wolf enhanced and his marriage intact? And why these people – and others – who, after all, have spent the majority of their recent years living anywhere but Australia?
There are any number of Australians who think intelligently, deeply and creatively about their country but who would never have been considered. While we know that there are many very worthy people in Canberra this weekend, very passionate, very thoughtful, very inspiring people, we suspect that some participants are a cheap and easy option to provide a cosmetic veneer – the usual suspects, the obvious, the safe, the safely mediocre and the glamorous. Miss Saigon instead of Rigoletto.
We suspect that the changes that need to be made will not come from linear thought with predictable outcomes but rather by sudden leaps of intuition and inspiration. A two-day self-congratulatory “I made the A-List” talkathon is unlikely to produce such a result.
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