Our recently announced Governor General, Lieutenant General David Morrison is quoted as saying “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept”.
“In areas or situations where it is easy to just accept things as they are, a strong leader should not only advise of behavior that is appropriate, they should embody it. They should be the person calling out what is wrong, even if it is hard. Even if it is uncomfortable. If we see our leaders putting life’s uncomfortable situations into the ‘too hard basket’, we are liable to do the same thing. We will be much more likely to become the complicit and apathetic bystander.”’
Every time we accept the status quo of poor behavior, we are in effect endorsing it. This applies in so many ways to both the ADA and to Australia’s deer.
The ADA Board has put a lot of focus on governance of late, and that work will continue as we take steps to ensure that the ADA as an organisation is beyond reproach at all levels, and in every way.
Perhaps more importantly, as the advocates for Australia’s wild deer herds the ADA will be taking a much stronger interest in scrutinising the many deer management initiatives which are either underway or have been proposed by governments be they Federal, State or Local. One of the few mechanisms available to us to ensure that any deer management activity undertaken is necessary, well designed (and thus likely to succeed) and compliant with the relevant animal welfare provisions is to keep a close eye on all such programs and to publicly report on our observations.
To recycle an old political term, we need to keep the bastards honest. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept