Media Release: Progressive Canberra Summit to discuss future direction of the ACT

UnionsACT and Fair Go for Canberra are co-hosting the inaugural Progressive Canberra Summit, held at the National Gallery of Australia on 14 November 2015.

This important event brings together the ACT’s leading civil society organisations, community groups, unions and individuals to discuss a long-term vision for our city.

The Summit will look at a range of issues, including inequality, health and education, the economy, law reform, multiculturalism and women’s advancement.

Ideas generated by the discussion and debate will be collected throughout the Summit and combined to form a “People’s Charter”, that will be presented to the ACT Government and Opposition in 2016.

The following statements can be attributed to Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT:

“The ACT is a small jurisdiction that plays a significant national leadership role across a range of policy areas, including economics, climate change and tackling domestic violence.

“The Progressive Canberra Summit is an opportunity to harness the enormous energy from civil society and the non-government sector, and to drive an ambitious vision for the future.

“Our hope is that by engaging the community and grassroots, the ACT will maintain its national position of leadership on key issues like tackling inequality, transitioning to a low-carbon economy and eliminating violence against women.

Confirmed speakers include: Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Greens leader Shane Rattenbury, ACT Senator Katy Gallagher, St Vincent de Paul CEO Dr John Falzon, University of Canberra Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Nick Klomp, YWCA Canberra CEO Francis Crimmins, ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar.

More information and the list of speakers is available here: http://progressivecanberrasummit.org.au/