Australia Can Copy Canada

Historically Australia and Canada have shared similar origins and motivations. But since the turn of the millennium Canada has jumped way ahead in some simple but important ways. In short, they have created a more socially progressive society. Canadians are better than us. 

When the House of Commons passed the Civil Marriage Act in 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first outside Europe to legalise same-sex marriage. For over a decade now they've enjoyed the normalisation of homosexuality and the outcomes have only been good. 

In 2016 they legalised euthanasia. After just a few weeks of debate lawmakers passed legislation to legalise physician-assisted death. This made Canada one of the few nations where doctors can helps sick people die. The law has limited the option to the incurably ill, requires medical approval, and mandates a 14-day waiting period. It's all very sensible. 

And now the Trudeau government will legalise marijuana in time for Canada Day next year. The federal government will license producers while the provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold. Provincial governments will also have the right to set price. Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 to buy the plant but the provinces get the option of setting a higher age limit. And as for Canadians who want to grow their own, they will be limited to four plants per household. All very pragmatic. 

By passing similar legislation Australian can quite quickly transform itself into a more forward looking nation with it's head held high. To get there though we need to emulate Canada. There's no shame in copying good ideas. It's pathetic not to. And until we do this Canadian society will be superior to our own - because it is fairer, more enjoyable, and kinder.