ACOSS played a prominent role in the National Reform Summit (26 August 2015), which brought business, union and community groups together with the aim of reaching consensus on some of the big reform challenges facing our nation – such as productivity growth, fiscal policy, tax reform, and retirement incomes.
ACOSS formed part of a core group of eight organisations at the heart of the Summit, including Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Australian Industry Group (AIG), Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), Business Council of Australia (BCA), COTA Australia and National Seniors. The Summit was sponsored by The Australian newspaper, Australian Financial Review, and auditing firm KPMG.
While it included speeches from Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and a short video address from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Summit process was non-political.
We join with our Summit colleagues in agreeing the Summit was a good and necessary first step towards effective reform; and was a success, having reached agreement on a set of principles and actions for next steps which were outlined in a Joint Statement released at the end of the day.
The Summit groups committed to work together on more detailed work in all the key areas identified in order to progress much needed reform in the national interest.
Stay tuned via this webpage for next steps on this important collaborative effort.
Please note, all text in red denotes post-summit additions.
Summit Speech by Cassandra Goldie: The view from the community
ACOSS Opinion Articles:
Summit makes for diverse allies to reform economy, by Cassandra Goldie in the Australian Financial Review, 7 September 2015.
National Reform Summit should look at all the options, by Cassandra Goldie in Australian Financial Review, 23 August 2015.