Sunday, April 06, 2008

Democracy at work in Oz

from w
This was passed on to me and it's not spam mail but an opportunity for anyone (who wants to contribute, has access to the internet and knows about it in time) to write something up to 500 words on the direction Australia is taking.

from Jenny's letter:
In case you haven't heard about the 2020 Summit:- 1000 Australians were invited to Canberra to discuss ideas the Australian Federal Government can do by the year 2020.
I am sure many of us would like to submit suggestions for the Prime Minister and Australia as a whole to listen to, so here is a web site where 500 word submission will be accepted until Wed April 9th (5pm Aust EST).

Go to this website
Although I am not one of the 1000, local MPs (Ministers of Parliament) did regional Summits a week earlier. I joined in the Geelong one on Friday April 4th. The MPs were easier to talk to than I imagined. (About 20 Federal, State and Local politicians took part in the Geelong Summit)

No, this is not a chain letter or SPAM. But if you know of any community minded people, feel free to forward this on.

Written submissions are limited to 500 words per topic and should focus on one of the ten identified areas. You may contribute a submission in one or more policy areas. Submissions will be collected by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which is acting as a secretariat for the Australia 2020 Summit.

All submissions require a ‘name for publication’. This can be an individual, group or organisation. In addition to this, each submission is required to include a contact person, their name and details. These contact details will not be published.

Summit Topics

Productivity Agenda - education, skills, training, science and innovation
Australian Economy - the future of the Australian economy
Sustainability and Climate Change - population, sustainability, climate change and water
Rural Australia - future directions for rural industries and rural communities
Health - a long-term national health strategy – including the challenges of preventative health, workforce planning and the ageing population
Communities and Families - strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion
Indigenous Australia - options for the future of Indigenous Australia
Creative Australia - towards a creative Australia: the future of the arts, film and design
Australian Governance - the future of Australian governance: renewed democracy, a more open government (including the role of the media), the structure of the Federation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens
Australia's Future in the World - Australia’s future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world



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