The summit will deal with 10 critical areas:
- Future directions for the Australian economy – including education, skills, training, science and innovation as part of the nation’s productivity agenda
- Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities
- Population, sustainability, climate change, and water
- Future directions for rural industries and rural communities
- A long-term national health strategy – including the challenges of preventative health, workforce planning and the ageing population
- Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion
- Options for the future of indigenous Australia
- Towards a creative Australia: the future of the arts, film and design
- The future of Australian governance: renewed democracy, more open government (including the role of the media), the structure of the Federation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens
- Australia’s future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world.
The summits has the following objectives:
- To harness the best ideas across the nation
- To apply those ideas to the 10 core challenges that the Government has identified for Australia – to secure our long-term future through to 2020
- To provide a forum for free and open public debate in which there are no predetermined right or wrong answers
- For each of the Summit’s 10 areas to produce following the Summit options for consideration by government
- For the Government to produce a public response to these options papers by the end of 2008 with a view to shaping the nation’s long-term direction from 2009 and beyond.
Over the last day I've come up with the following names. Initially I was going to pull one or two names for each area. But I found many being included in two or three areas. I also had a few generalists too.
A few names that came to mind are either recently deceased or internationals who have returned home.
Anyway here is my list.
- Mike Cannon-Brookes (Co-founder and CEO of Atlassian)
- Reverend Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision Australia)
- Harry Evans (Clerk of the Senate)
- Frank Fenner (Scientist)
- Ross Gittins (Political and economic journalist and author)
- David Holmgren (Permaculture co-originator)
- Father Bob Maguire (Co-founded Open Family)
- Joel Malcolm (Aquaponics originator)
- Warwick McKibbin (Economist, RBA board member)
- Laurel Papworth (Social Networks Strategist, Lecturer at University of Sydney)
- Mark Pesce (Inventor)
- Andrew Peters (Natural Sequence Farming originator)
- Cameron Reilly (CEO of The Podcast Network)
- Rory Robertson (Economist, Interest rate strategist at Macquarie Bank)
I'll be adding more manes as they come to mind.
Here are two places worth keeping an eye on.
Lets get this show on the road!