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)
- Stephen Collins (Government 2.0, social networking)
- 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.
I would love to go, but I'm too much of a generalist. Not outstanding in any one area.
Lets get this show on the road!