If you read the coverage of yesterday's self-styled "National Reform Summit", it appears the whole day was devoted to serious people expounding serious ideas about what changes need to be made to reform Australia, and why. Lots of solid ideas and prescriptions, most of them cogent or admirable, all in a spirit of collegiality and bipartisan good intent.

What you didn't hear -- and what guarantees this summit will not produce any meaningful results -- was any serious or practical discussion about how to reform Australia. Not the ideas -- the political and administrative execution.