The final Australia21 Board meeting of 2017 was a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. The time together sowed the seeds for new approaches and themes, while revealing fresh sources of energy and providing a strong foundation for the work to come in 2018.
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“We, as former Australians of the Year, representing the hearts and minds of the nation, are deeply concerned about the health and human disaster that is unfolding on Manus Island.”
Australia21 is calling on the Federal Government to end the human rights crisis among the refugees and asylum seekers our nation has confined to Manus Island, instead honouring our international obligation to protect them. We’re also urging ordinary Australians to voice their concerns.
As Victoria’s Upper House begins to debate the Assisted Dying bill passed by Lower House MPs, Australia21 is calling on those who will vote to set aside emotion and examine the evidence supporting change.
Forget the RET and the CET, now we’ve got the NEG. Confused? There’s a lot to digest in the Turnbull government’s new energy policy, so it’s not surprising a lot of people are suffering from metaphorical reflux. Is the National Energy Target a genuine attempt at improvement, or a political stunt? It depends who you ask, of course. So we’ve distilled the commentary and provided our own take on the plan, to help you out.
Ministers, Agency Heads and CEOs need their executives to REAP more sustainable solutions to deal with the major issues confronting citizens, communities and employees: Respond, Engage, Attend and Produce. That’s the advice of Australia21 Director Peter Yuile, who draws on his long experience and deep understanding of government and the Australian public service to provide insight to senior executives.
Populist agendas do not make for effective health policy: the SA Opposition should promise better drug education instead of sniffer dogs for schools, to help stop deaths and criminalisation.