One more summit idea, this one from Alan Wu, who is in the governance stream.
The Australia Commitments
Like the Millennium Development Goals, but for Australia
I believe that governments should be optimistic and ambitious – they should encourage and welcome high expectations.
The longest period of economic growth in our nation’s history calls for a new set of Australian commitments to promote social progress and realise better standards of living for all. These commitments should be long-term, outcome-focused, and measurable – but above all, they should have an unprecedented audacity.
A short set of memorable national development goals, and – importantly – accompanying indicators by which Australians can continually monitor progress, could form a new blueprint to galvanise attention and energy to solve Australia’s most pressing and fundamental problems. With the full resources of the Australian nation, the goals might conceivably aim (say, by 2020) to eradicate poverty and homelessness, drastically reduce our carbon emissions and increase our renewable energy availability, eliminate the indigenous health and literacy gap, make quality education completely free, and build a universally-accessible health- and dental-care system.
Apart from the obvious advantages in meeting these goals, the mere act of setting them has merit – they would offer a radical vision for Australia’s prosperity beyond the individual electoral cycle, and, in giving Australians a more hopeful vision of government, have the potential to reinvigorate public confidence in and engagement with our national political system.