Constitutions are about setting the rules of the political game not outcomes

Here’s why we should go nowhere near amending the constitution. These are the opening words of a story in The Australian today on constitutional change:

AUSTRALIANS want to address inequality in the Constitution . . .

We are now such a low grade constituency who cannot tell the difference between setting up the rules for governing ourselves and fixing some particular problem that captures our fancy at the moment. I can hardly think of anything that has less place in a constitution than trying to make ours a less unequal society. Merely raising the spectre of such a divisive question as a constitutional matter makes me very nervous about how capable we now are of dealing with such a serious issue in a serious way.