Summit to talk about

Kevin Rudd has announced the chairs of the 2020 summit panels.

  • Professor Glyn Davis – Chair
  • Dr David Morgan – Future directions for the Australian economy
  • Warwick Smith – Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities
  • Roger Beale AO – Population, sustainability, climate change, and water
  • Tim Fischer AC – Future directions for rural industries and rural communities
  • Professor Michael Good – A long-term national health strategy
  • Tim Costello AO – Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion
  • Dr Kelvin Kong – Options for the future of indigenous Australia
  • Cate Blanchett – Towards a creative Australia
  • John Hartigan – The future of Australian governance
  • Professor Michael Wesley – Australia’s future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world

And the notion seems to be broadening out, with the announcement of a youth summit (nominations close 5 March), and the sensible suggestion that schools should hold their own summits.

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7 Responses to Summit to talk about

  1. Jim says:

    For all those who won’t be invited to the Summit, the online community created a wiki called Oz Ideas to be our forum to list and vote on the best ideas to improve Australia. It’s free and anonymous. The site just acts as a national online brainstorming session. It’s at There are specific sections for each issue.

    Since the public often needs a bit of entertainment to go with their public engagement, there is a fun video on Youtube of Kevin Rudd break dancing with his other white blokey friends. It’s at See what you think, and if you like it, let others know about both the site and the video.


  2. Patrick says:

    Bold prediction number one: Cate Blanchett’s group’s solution will involve more public money.

  3. Bold prediction number two: All groups will come up with ways to spend more public money.

    Apart from CIS, IPA and a few others the entire intellectual and policy class in Australia is united in its love of taxpayers’ money.

  4. Patrick says:

    I tried to be positive!

  5. derrida derider says:

    Yep, you won’t find many savings options put forward from that lot – if either Andrew gets the nod they might do worse than to try and remedy that.

    But my bigger concern is that the committee is composed of “insiders” to their particular issue. They’re all worthy people, but they are likely to choose other insiders. Which means you’ll get experts fully acquainted with the conventional wisdom, but it also means you won’t get many new ideas coming out of left field – the supposed point of the whole thing. Maybe Rudd should keep the same people but randomly reallocate the topics.

    As for “troubled american” – oh dear. Can’t your spam filter block him?

  6. Verdurous says:

    Bold prediction number 3:

    Messrs Davis, Morgan, Smith and Hartigan will fail to address widening wealth inequality, be blinded to the perils of growthism and favour phrases such as “There is no alternative”, “We must remain globally competitive”, and “Beware a wages breakout, ah…except my own.”

    C’mon guys, the local head of News Corp advising government??!!

  7. Patrick says:

    Luckily, there’s a silver lining. Since ‘growthism’ doesn’t mean anything, ignoring it won’t hurt anyone.

    And I bet you are proved wrong on point a.

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