In November, the inaugural Progressive Canberra Summit brought together some of Canberra's best political, academic and activist minds. The day delved into a range of issues affecting Canberra, including inequality, health and education, the economy, law reform, multiculturalism and women’s advancement. The diverse sessions and panels explored specific policy issues and recommendations that will form the basis, combined with a large-scale community survey, of a “People’s Charter”. See photos from the day here.
The speakers included a wide range of political, academic and activist leaders from the Canberra community; the list included:
• Prof. Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UC
• Shane Rattenbury MLA, Greens leader and ACT Minister
• Senator Katy Gallagher, ACT senator
• Dr John Falzon, national CEO of St Vincent de Paul
• Lyndal Ryan, Secretary, United Voice
• Frances Crimmins, CEO, YWCA ACT
• Susan Helyar, Director of ACT COSS
• Prof. Peter Whiteford, professor of public policy, ANU
• Stephen Koukoulas, economist and Guardian columnist
• Michael Cooney, Director of Chifley Research Centre
• Caterina Sullivan, social justice campaigner, Global Goals
• Laura Jackson, singer, actor and writer
• Craig Wallace, President, People with Disability
A range of issues were discussed at the Summit and policy options were put forward from each session, Fair Go for Canberra will combine these results with the results of our community survey, which we strongly encourage you to take the time to complete. By taking part in this survey, you'll be adding your voice to the values shaping the People's Charter which our political leaders from every party will be held to in the lead up to the ACT Election in October 2016.