Australia Unlimited Roundtable Outcomes

In 1998, The Global Foundation was launched as a unique citizens’ organisation, focussing on Australia’s future.  The launch vehicle was the inaugural Australia Unlimited Roundtable which helped to shape public policy directions in the lead-up to the Centenary of Federation.

In 2007, with its membership of 180 prominent Australian and global corporations, universities, organisations, eminent persons and citizens, and a program which reaches out across Australia and around the world, The Foundation has established itself as a respected, independent contributor on issues facing Australia.

The Global Foundation has identified and responded to the need and appetite for a community conversation that can influence the future direction of this country.  It has embarked on a major project to engage citizens and organisations from all sectors in a dialogue about Australia’s future, which will culminate at another Australia Unlimited Roundtable.

The rationale is simple: we believe Australia has unlimited potential.  But the decisions we take in the short term on issues as diverse as world trade, education and research, energy, social cohesion, economic growth and the environment will determine our long term future capacity to be a powerful participant in a globalised society.

Australia Unlimited aims to put forward a highly informed, systemic view on public policy directions from a citizens’ perspective and international context.

- From the Australia Unlimited Roundtable website.

Philanthropy Australia was recently notified of two recent specific outcomes from the Roundtable in March, focusing on the global competitiveness of regional Australia and indigenous employment following the Roundtable:

The Foundation has for some time lent it’s support to the development of Australia’s “food bowl”, the Goulburn Valley of Victoria, with a view to its long term sustainability and international competitiveness. We were delighted that following Australia Unlimited the Goulburn Valley Foodbowl Project Group was formed and has developed its own program, the “Foodbowl Unlimited Forum” to be held in Shepparton on 24 and 25 September 2007.

- www.foodbowl.com.au

The issue of indigenous sustainability and economic self reliance was an important discussion topic at the Roundtable, from which Mr Bill Moss AM announced his intention to develop a discussion paper on pathways and solutions to these long standing issues. Bill and his team at Gunya Tourism have now developed the discussion paper: “Indigenous Economic Development Scheme (IEDS)” which puts forward long term, sustainable and meaningful employment solutions within indigenous communities. A copy of the paper may be obtained from the Foundation’s website, at www.globalfoundation.org.au and the proponents would welcome your feedback or further engagement.

- You can find the paper here.

Sep. 07, 2007

 Tags: topical issues, research & information

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