Australia21 and The Australia Institute convened a roundtable at Parliament House on January 31 to consider the question “What should be done about growing Australian inequality?” The meeting had before it a discussion paper prepared by Professor Sharon Friel from ANU and Dr Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute entitled “Unfair economic arrangements make us sick”. It is planned to release the report of the roundtable in April 2014
Following the increased debate on alcohol-fuelled violence in NSW, the youth wing of Australia21, ‘Young21’ – working with the Ted Noffs Foundation – held a pop-up roundtable on alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney on 27 February.The group will prepare a communique drawing on the results of the evening’s conversation which will be distributed to the media and to government soon.
Australia21 Director Bob Douglas also works with the ACT See-Change group on a schools based program on sustainability. His article on 21 January in The Age and The Canberra Times refers to curriculum materials developed in the ACT. These can be found on the SEE-Change website at http://www.see-change.org.au/?q=node/374
Australia21 today released a new discussion paper “Unfair economic arrangements make us sick. How should Australia respond to the expanding financial inequities among its citizens?” as background for a roundtable discussion on 31 January 2014.
At Parliament House on 17 December Sir William Deane AC launched Australia21’s collection of essays by 24 notable Australians on a fresh approach to refugee and asylum seeker policy. Go to Publications to download a copy. Also available in hard copy for purchase.
Australia21 has commissioned Professor Sharon Friel to write a discussion paper on the broad impacts of Inequality.